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Old 08-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Copper manifold when spigot is above bottom of cooler?

I am thinking of replacing my SS braid with a copper manifold. One foreseeable problem though: unlike some coolers, where the spigot seems to reside in trough below the bottom of the cooler, the spigot in my cooler is about 1 inch above the base of the cooler.

If I rest the manifold on the bottom then it seems whatever liquid rests below the spigot won't be collected. On the other hand, if I build a riser for the manifold, whatever liquid pools below it won't be collected.

Maybe I am overthinking this and it isn't a problem, but has anyone dealt with this?

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Old 08-15-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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It will be collected... that is why the holes are in the bottom for a manifold. Well one of the reasons. It creates a siphon and will suck the remaining liquid out to the level of the highest hole. I can take a picture of mine if you need.

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Mine works fine, same setup you have. Like previous post says , a natural siphon will drain 99.9% of wort. A little tilt at the end will get the rest.

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Thanks guys.

Is it recommended to level the manifold so it is level with the spigot or just allow it to lie at an angle?

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Level the manifold on the bottom ans either use poly tubing with hose barbs or soft refrigeration copper tubing to bring it up to the spigot. I think that is what you are asking... See how mine is below my spigot and how it brings the liquid to the spigot?

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I put a joint in the center leg of my manifold with a tee. On the tee I added a short piece of rounded copper pipe, pointing down ,just long enough to level it out and maintain a good seal at the gasket/spigot.

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