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Old 08-10-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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My current MLT is a small cooler using a copper drain manifold. I'm looking to upgrade but I'm not sure whether to build one with a braided stainless steel supply hose or use copper again.

What are some pro's and con's of each?

Thanks for the help!

 
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Braid is cheap, easy, and in my experience, clears the wort more quickly than a manifold.
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #3
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I had trouble with my stainless steel braid. I have got some odd ball stuff around work, and I was able to come up with a piece of copper screening and a 1/2"diameter spring. I stretched the sprind so there was a few gaps between the coils. I then wrapped the copper screen around the spring to give it support. I folded over the open end and crimped it closed. The other end went on a hose barb and fastened with a worm clamp. I used it yesterday, and got barely any sediment even in the first open of the valve..
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:13 PM   #4
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I tried a braid on 2 batches when I first built my MLT. Both got stuck. I built a manifold out of CPVC and haven't looked back.

 
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:23 PM   #5
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I used copper for my manifold and it has worked flawlessly. I have not used anything else, so I really can't offer any comments about the other styles.
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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I've read some don't like this design, but I use a straight pipe copper manifold with a braid over it. Zero stuck sparges, sediment is non existent, it stays on the bottom, and is very sturdy. I'm batch sparging though.

 
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:32 PM   #7
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Circular 1/2 SS braid, zero stuck sparge, even with a 50% wheat Weizen recipe with no rice hulls.
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
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People who have stuck sparges with a braid need to be beaten over the head with the faux stainless plastic braid they bought. Just kidding. I know there are people who actually have stuck sparges with braids but I still have a hard time believing it.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
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I've gotta cast my vote for copper. It's a PITA to cut the slots (hacksaw) but it's worked flawlessly every time. I did Ed's Hefe with no rice hulls and the wort flowed perfectly.

 
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #10
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People who have stuck sparges with a braid need to be beaten over the head with the faux stainless plastic braid they bought. Just kidding. I know there are people who actually have stuck sparges with braids but I still have a hard time believing it.
I have had the same SS braid for over 2 years. Brewed countless batches, 60% wheat beers, wits, beers with considerable amounts of flaked barley....no problems. Sometimes the run-off is slow, never stuck.

 
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