I converted a 48 qt Igloo Cube cooler to an MLT and constructed a CPVC manifold to fit my bulkhead. I followed Bobby M's recommendations on bulkhead construction. The cooler came from the factory with a spigot, which I removed to install my bulkhead. Problem is that hole is not at the very bottom of the cooler. When I attach the manifold to the bulkhead there is about a 1/2" gap from the bottom of the manifold to the cooler bottom. I can rotate the manifold down so that the rear portion of the manifold touches the bottom of the cooler (now the entire manifold is sitting at a slight angle).
I would like to have the entire manifold resting on the cooler bottom, but don't see how this is possible because if I add any more fittings (e.g., a piece of soft hose or a 45) the manifold will be about 4 inches from the cooler wall (bulkhead side).
So, will this extra deadspace be an issue in terms of efficiency or stuck sparges? Should I just increase my sparge volume to make up for what is lost?
P.S. I have yet to mash with this setup. I'm trying to get everything in order and well planned before I attempt my first AG.
Thanks in advance