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Old 06-11-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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I've been doing some all grain (in-a-bag) brews which has been working well, but wanted to invest in a "proper" AG system. Was thinking about a 10gal cooler but can't decide on if I should use a steel braid in the MLT or use a manifold. And if I do a manifold, should it be copper, pvc, or what. What have ppl used and what are your opinions on these different ideas.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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I use neither. I have a bazooka tube in my cooler and I've never had a problem with it.

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I've never done AG, I'm just a dreamer (well, more like a planner), but I'd think that the braided hose would be pretty difficult to clean when compared to the solid manifold.

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I've never done AG, I'm just a dreamer (well, more like a planner), but I'd think that the braided hose would be pretty difficult to clean when compared to the solid manifold.

What is difficult about it? Drain some hot water through it... I love my braid works like a charm in my 10 gallon round cooler.. No complaints!
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Bazooka tube? What exactly is this?

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False bottom.

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Bazooka tube? What exactly is this?
Basically a very stiff, inflexible stainless steel braid.
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I guess thinking that braid or manifold being my only options was very noobish of me

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My cpvc manifold works perfectly. Easily taken apart and cleaned, as well as easy to store away.

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I use a false bottom after using a braid for about a year. After a year's worth of abuse the braid was in pretty bad shape. Lots of kinks in the braid from stirring the mash and I progressively had worse efficiency. I got tired of it and bought a false bottom and I will never go back.

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