Originally Posted by Homercidal
I would try it out if you are batch sparging. Also, I woudl recommend NOT soldering it all together. Maybe just solder the Ts to the pipes going across, but leave some of the joints unsoldered.
My reasoning is that you may want to clean it out later, and/or make changes. A friction fit is probably plenty.
Also, I would consider using a plastic hose between the manifold and the spigot. This would allow you to lift the manifold up off the bottom to make rinsing and cleaning easier, without having to undo the joints. Works for me! Although you may have to rotate the fitting on the manifold to point towards the spigot and do a straight shot.
Essentially, you have the same design that I use, excepting for the plastic hose (white hose, not clear) and I have gotten over 80% efficiency, every time. Even when I forget to rinse twice.
I like the idea of the flexable hose. I'll look into that one.
Originally Posted by JMSetzler
Since you have it built, why not give it a try? There are a lot of elements that define efficiency with the manifold being just one of them. I have read all that Palmer stuff and understand the ideas behind it, but I still believe that a poorly designed manifold vs a well-designed one won't produce a huge difference in efficiency.
Im tempted to cut the slots in and try it. My concern is if I do then I cant reuse the pipe for the next design. What do you folks think if this?
The drain on my cooler is pretty low so I cant get any pipes under it. Thats why its split the way it is.
Originally Posted by Blender
Isn't Palmer referring to fly sparging in his designs? If you are batch sparging then it might not come into play as much. How is your grain crush?
Step 2 in this effort is fly sparging. I was going to drill through the top of the MLT and run a hose to a sparge arm or just one of the small upside down funnel sprayers, not sure what theyre called. I have another cooler to use for the sparge water. Im just looking for a place to setup a gravity system. I have a house but I can only cook in the kitchen or outside right now and the kitchen isnt that big.
I made a grain mill from a pasta mill as noted in here
I tried it out and I think I need to rough up the rollers some more to speed things up but it seems to crush ok. I get a lot of flour on lower settings or a lot of uncrushed grain if I open it up at all. I cant seem to find the middle ground so went with the flour and taking it really slow when sparging. I want to buy a new mill but that wont be at least until the fall.