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Old 02-14-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default MLT manifold with tubing?

in the great debate of braid vs manifold, I've decided to make a cheap cpvc manifold for future fly sparging. Everyone seems to connect to the bulkhead with a pvc adapter.

i was wondering if I could put a bark on my bulkhead and a barb on my manifold and just have vinyl tubing there. It's flexible so There's no need for a 45 or 90 elbow. Would this potentially result in less waste? Maybe the suction would bring more wort out?

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Old 02-14-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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I did the same with reinforced tubing - you don't want it to be weak or it will cave under the weight of heavy grains. It works just fine for me!

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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I did the same with a copper manifold, but used silicone tubing.

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Old 02-14-2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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And silicone tubing is from lhbs?

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Yeah just get reinforced. It's rated to 175 and less pliable

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Ok. Do u use silicone on ur bulkhead from kettle too or must that be vinyl since its hotter

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Silicone can handle higher temps but it get's soft and collapses. Vinyl is rated up to 175, I think a lot of guys use it on their HLT's and BK's though. Of course, coming out of the BK you'll be at pitching temps, so it's not an issue. The HLT might have slightly hotter than 175 water, but I don't see it as a big issue.

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great got it. I'll get some silicone tubing next time at the LHBS

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