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Old 06-20-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Manifold trouble

I use a simple CPVC manifold with slits in it. I see to get a lot of stuck spargers with this set-up even if I use rice hulls.

I need a different manifold. What would be better?

I use a 20 gallon rectangular cooler


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Old 06-20-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Not sure what the specific detail are on your manifold, a pic would help.

I had a copper one for my first manifold with a bunch of (5/64? I think but not sure) size holes drilled in it. Never had one stuck sparge with this manifold.

Build a new manifold for a new cooler and cut slits. I used the finest cutting wheel on the dremel tool and cut a bunch of slits. I thought I'd maybe get a finer filtration and maybe cleaner wort doing this. After three stuck batches I drilled holes (using the same bit I used for my first manifold) between the slits that I had previously cut. She runs like a champ now. Full speed and no stuck sparges. Wort is clear too.

So I would consider maybe using a slightly wider cutting wheel or just adding more drainage points to your current manifold. The added holes did it for me.


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Old 06-20-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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Thanks, I think I will build a better one with holes.

Also, would slipping a muslin back over the manifold help or hurt?
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Not sure on the muslin bag never tried it.

You might not even have to rebuild your manifold. Try just adding some additional holes/slits and see if that works.

I had slits and then added holes afterwards. I'll post a picture of the beast if I can remember to.
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