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Old 02-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #11
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Your choice of manifold is going to have basically nothing to do with the quality of your beer. The grain bed does the filtering.

Pros for a braid - the wort clears faster. The grain compacts around it quickly and sets. Easy to remove and clean.

Pros for manifold - creates uniform flow through the grain bed and allows fly sparging if you ever go that route. Can be designed to dip low and minimize dead space.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:43 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by it99 View Post
Sorry one more question:
Does grain bed depth matter much if you are just batch sparging??

I think the things i've read they are using fly sparging.

No, grain bed depth doesn't matter in batch sparging. Beer quality won't be affected by either a manifold or braid. I have used a 48 qt. cooler with a braid for 431 batches over 15 years and wouldn't consider anything else.
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