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Old 11-09-2012, 06:26 AM   #11
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I did have a stuck sparge on a hefeweizen towards the last two or three gallons but I think that was because I didn’t mix the rice hulls in well enough. I did see someone place a manifold like this in a large mash/mesh bag (paint strainer bag) and think I might try that as well. Also, 6 ounces is awesome, maybe I’ll solder my connections after all…

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:28 PM   #12
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I did have a stuck sparge on a hefeweizen towards the last two or three gallons but I think that was because I didn’t mix the rice hulls in well enough. I did see someone place a manifold like this in a large mash/mesh bag (paint strainer bag) and think I might try that as well. Also, 6 ounces is awesome, maybe I’ll solder my connections after all…
I would avoid sweating if at all possible. Having done a soldered manifold I replaced it with another one unsoldered as flushing all the grain husks out of the soldered version was a PITA.

IMHO, disassembly for cleaning purposes is a must.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:29 PM   #13
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I soldered the ends with all the T's/elbows together and the "H" in the middle together. Essentially, all the vertical pieces are easily separated for cleaning. Cleanup was super simple and I had no concerns about spent grain after use. I'll try to post a final (soldered) pic tonight or this weekend and explain further, just in case my description is not clear.

I'm not surprised a hefe might give this manifold challenges. I used a .031 crush on my maiden voyage and like I mentioned in my previous post, it started to really go slow at the 5 gallon point (total was 6.5 gallon draw). I was thinking about doing a hefe here soon and was debating .5 or 1 pound of hulls, probably inclined to go with more due to my initial experience. Good to know, thanks.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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This design looks great. I have a similar manifold and the thing almost never sticks! It works great, and after vorlaufing I peg it wide open. The exception would be wheat-heavy grain bills but for instance I just did a dunkelweizen that was about 50% wheat. All I did was throw in maybe .5 lb rice hulls, and it worked like a charm.

I have also wrapped the manifold in a grain bag, that works as well. It was a bit of a mess and it partially came off with the stirring, but then again mine is not as tight a fit as this design here. If you are looking for a bullet-proof solution I might go that direction, but use a zip tie or stainless wire to seal it onto the manifold.

[Edit] Revco I do not crush as fine as .031 BTW, that could be part of the issue. I do get 75-80% efficiencies. How did you do with that fine of a crush?

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:35 PM   #15
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I did this too! Easy. Thanks! I did not sweat the fittings, so I could clean if necessary and had like 1 cup of liquid left when draining. Cheers!

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Old 11-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #16
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Looks very good!

You don't need to sweat them because any small gaps work just like your cut gaps...

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Not soldering makes taking it apart for cleaning easy. But, putting it back together after a few beers… not so easy

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Old 11-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #18
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Sorry for the delay. Here's how I soldered my unit. Makes for a pretty easy assemble and disassemble, pretty well drunk proof. All you gotta do is make sure all the slits are facing the right direction. I found I was mixing up a couple of the pieces pre-solder, so I'd have to take it apart and reassemble it correctly. The unit cleans out very well, no complaints.

I used it again yesterday. Fantastic performance...easily got me into the high 80's efficiency-wise with a good crush. Still gotta do a hefe with it to see how she does...possibly next month.

P.S. Don't judge me because of my sweat job. I suck at it, I know...and it was my first go with sweating pipe, ever. I might rebuild it someday, since I now have a better propane tip and 5' of spare copper pipe.

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