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Old 06-23-2010, 07:38 PM   #11
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I only have 2 vertical lines in a 52 quart cooler.



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Old 06-23-2010, 07:41 PM   #12
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I added the 2 squares idea. (CRTL-F5 to update your proxy server if needed.)

I LIKE it!!!

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:51 PM   #13
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Ok, I might try that just because it looks cool. Do you guys only add the little slits then to the vertical pipes? Or to all of the pipes?

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:53 PM   #14
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The 2 squares may be overkill on vertical lines. But after reading the write-up on How to Brew, I would keep the lines no more than 4 inches apart. But that is just me.

I would hate leaving any goodness behind on every brew from now on because I tried to save a few cents in the build today.

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:58 PM   #15
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I would cut slots in the bottom of all the pipes except the ones between the squares and over to the drain. That area is covered by the inside edge of the squares.

The idea is to get an even sparge.

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Old 06-23-2010, 08:00 PM   #16
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I may be wrong, but I thought the channeling effect is really only a concern if you are fly sparging. I tried again to draw up the design in Solidworks, but it closed on itself on redraw. It does that sometimes when I am working with tubing on this computer.

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Old 06-23-2010, 08:03 PM   #17
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For those using less tubes, consider this image from How to Brew

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Old 06-23-2010, 08:05 PM   #18
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This is what I have in mind 8D

**EDIT: It drew up funny after I posted. I may have to try SW again using a different method....

Only you may want to add a vertical or horizontal piece inside each end to help collect in the center of each square. Add a "T" with a barb in the short connecting pipe, and point toward the spigot. Connect with a white flexible tube. Then you could lift the manifold up a bit and flip over for easy cleaning. I did not solder mine together, and don't use clamps on the tubing and it stays together just fine.

I made mine out of copper, and it was a bit of work, but it works well.

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Old 06-23-2010, 08:11 PM   #19
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Thanks, I think your drawing is what Beerguy added to his list of drawings.

Hmm, you may be right Homer, at least that's what it sounds like from the wiki http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Channeling

Oh well, I'm having fun cutting little CPVC pipes up so I might as well make it. Then I suppose if I ever want to add a sparge sprinkler I shouldn't have to worry about channeling.

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Old 06-23-2010, 08:15 PM   #20
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Something like this would work too. Use 7 - T fittings and 8 caps.

edit: Added pic to better see it. (Homercidal's Idea I think.)


Edit 2: OH, I see what Homercidal meant. The squares in the updated first pic. I think. But the capped end one would still be an option. And I do like his idea of a flex tube to connect to the spigot for ease of cleaning no matter what design you use.

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