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Old 07-14-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

What's a better way (more efficient) to separate the liquid form the grains in my igloo cooler? Right now I have the braided hose, but will a copper manifold work better?

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Old 07-14-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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If you batch sparging it will make zero difference (if dead space is the same.) If your fly sparging you really should have a more complex manifold than a braid. With batch sparging the whole run off is the same gravity regardless.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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Well I batch sparge 90% of the time... so thanks!

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:32 PM   #4
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If you batch sparging it will make zero difference (if dead space is the same.) If your fly sparging you really should have a more complex manifold than a braid. With batch sparging the whole run off is the same gravity regardless.
Agreed.

I've had both, and I really prefer my manifold simply b/c it tends to run off a bit faster than the braid. If it was a matter of price and ease, braid wins hands down.

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:52 PM   #5
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Yep, for batch sparging, IMO, the braid is the way to go. Much cheaper and easier to build, and your efficiency will be the same.

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:09 PM   #6
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Yep, for batch sparging, IMO, the braid is the way to go. Much cheaper and easier to build, and your efficiency will be the same.
Cheaper if compared to a copper manifold, but not a CPVC. I made the inside manifold for my MLT out of CPVC for probably around $3. The braids I looked at were a lot more expensive

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:39 PM   #7
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+1 CPVC. Very cheap and simple to assemble. A couple bucks, a saw and 20 minutes. Easy.

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:58 PM   #8
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Would a CPVC manifold benefit batch sparging? what size holes or cuts do you put in the manifold?

 
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Would a CPVC manifold benefit batch sparging? what size holes or cuts do you put in the manifold?
With batch sparging, the design really doesnt matter. A manifold will allow you try fly sparging if you you ever choose to do so. I used a dremel tool to cut slits in the CPVC tubing about every inch or so. I also Drilled one, 1/16" hole in the corner of all my 90 degree elbows. Here is what mine looks like



its about 4 1/2" wide and sites in a 9" coleman cooler. Done 3 all grains, batch sparge, haven't used rice hulls and haven't had a stuck sparge. Used 30% adjucts on one of the beers.

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:16 PM   #10
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Sorry for the stupid question, but can someone tell me why it won't make a difference for batch sparging? I know "dead space" and "gravity" was described before, but I'm not quite following...

 
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