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Old 09-03-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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I am assembling a copper manifold for my MLT. What works better, the slots or drilled holes? Assuming drilled holes, what size drill and how would you configure the holes, 1 row below the pipe, 2 rows, alternating holes in 2 rows?
Lastly what is the easiest method to remove the copper pieces attached inisde the pipe? Thanks
BTW, the steel braid works just fine but the copper looks slicker.

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Old 09-03-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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I can't say that I've tried both and can give you a good comparison but I made slots in my manifold using a dremel tool. It has worked great. I'm not sure of the slot width. The cutting attachment was pretty narrow, though.
I did not solder my manifold. I relied on the imperfection of my tubing lengths to give me an out of square manifold. It stays together in the Mash Tun.

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Old 09-03-2009, 07:38 PM   #3
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How to Brew - By John Palmer - Building the Manifold

Here is some insightful information on the subject.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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you could probably do either. My concern with drilled holes is (depending on the size) they would be much more prone to getting clogged and giving you a stuck sparge over the slots. For that reason I personally went with the slots and cut them with dremel. Dremel makes a beefed up version of cutting blades that work well.

I also just dry fit my manifold and haven't ever had a problem with it. Just be careful not to knock it too much when you stir!
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:16 PM   #5
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I did the slots.
I soldered 2 corner just to keep it to less bits to take apart.

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