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Old 06-09-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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I'm wanting to make my own MLT using a Igloo 60qt. cube with a manifold set up.
I'm wondering do these really work well?
Is it also possible to set up a sparge manifold unerneath the lid?
Who has the best instructions for this?
Any and all help would be appreciated.


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Old 06-09-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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I'm wanting to make my own MLT using a Igloo 60qt. cube with a manifold set up.
I'm wondering do these really work well?
Is it also possible to set up a sparge manifold unerneath the lid?
Who has the best instructions for this?
Any and all help would be appreciated.
I use one. I set up a square manifold with a center tube draining from the center out of 3/8 copper tube slit with a dremel disk hooked up to a weldless bulkhead and ball valve. No sparge manifold yet. I have plans to, but just havn't gotten to that yet.

It works pretty good and only looses 3-4 degrees/hr in the winter time brewing outside. In the summer it's pretty constant temp wise. I'd make sure to insulate the lid though.


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Old 06-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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Insulate the lid?
How would I go about doing that?
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:56 AM   #4
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I just set mine on a piece of foam while mashing to keep it off the cement garage floor and cover the whole thing with a blanket while the mash is going on. On 10 gallon batches where the cooler is completely full I lose 1 degree or less. My lid is not insulated.
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I've been using a cube for 6 yrs now and it works great for me. I built a manifold out of cpvc that connects to a ball valve to drain. Temp loss isn't that bad. I usually cover the whole thing with a couple blankets. I never built a sparge setup for it but plan to eventually.
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This is my attempt moving from rubbermaid 10gal to igloo 15gal.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/iglo...mp-out-353183/
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I use one. My last brew called for a 90 minute 3 step mash. I didn't loose more than a degree at any point. I'll be insulating the lid soon with some spray in foam but that's more to keep crap out of it if the manifold comes apart. Pic's
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I think the slits should point to the bottom on your lower manifold.
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I think the slits should point to the bottom on your lower manifold.
Any particular reason?

6 brews in with grain bills ranging from 15-30lb's and no stuck anything or excess chaff in the lines.
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Any particular reason?
Less sweet wort left in MLT due to siphon = higher efficiency


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