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Old 01-15-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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I'm planning on constructing a MT out of a rectangular cooler and I want to make a CPVC manifold instead of a SS braid -- it just seems a little sturdier than a braid. Does a manifold work for batch sparging?

 
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:18 PM   #2
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I'm planning on constructing a MT out of a rectangular cooler and I want to make a CPVC manifold instead of a SS braid -- it just seems a little sturdier than a braid. Does a manifold work for batch sparging?
Yes. With a manifold & properly sized slits or holes you will have less chance of channeling your runoff which should result in a slight efficiency boost.

Also, a manifold works better if you decide to delve into fly sparging. I did my first fly sparge on the last batch with a new CPVC manifold and boosted my efficiency from 72-75% to 88%.

 
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:28 PM   #3
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I'm planning on constructing a MT out of a rectangular cooler and I want to make a CPVC manifold instead of a SS braid -- it just seems a little sturdier than a braid. Does a manifold work for batch sparging?
Before changing to my keggle system, I had a 50 qt. rectangular cooler with a cpvc manifold and batch sparged. I regularly got 75% eff.
I often wonder now why I conplicated my brew life sometimes. LOL
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:35 PM   #4
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....I want to make a CPVC manifold instead of a SS braid -- it just seems a little sturdier than a braid. Does a manifold work for batch sparging?
If you want sturdy and simple, you could try a water heater supply braid, only about 12 bucks at HD. I know you want to use a manifold, but I have had good luck w/ the braid and batch sparging.

A manifold will certainly work for batch sparging, good luck and happy brewing!

 
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:41 PM   #5
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My CPVC manifold works very well. I batch sparge and get 80% efficiency. It's worth noting that you do not have to glue the pieces together, it makes it easy to take apart and clean after brewing.
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Old 01-15-2010, 05:47 PM   #6
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Beware. they float! No issues once you get grain in there though.

 
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #7
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A manifold will work fine. My experience is that they're no more sturdy than braid and they take longer to produce clear runoff than a braid.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:45 PM   #8
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A manifold will work fine. My experience is that they're no more sturdy than braid and they take longer to produce clear runoff than a braid.
Good to know. I have heard people complain that the dough in sometimes crushes the braid. But it does seem easier than putting a manifold together.

 
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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I have used a CPVC manifold (with slits) for a few years now for batch sparging... Works great! I have moved on to copper though...
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:58 PM   #10
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Good to know. I have heard people complain that the dough in sometimes crushes the braid. But it does seem easier than putting a manifold together.
Not if you use one of these. They are pretty sturdy

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