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Old 02-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
Feb 2012
Bristol, Ct
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What you you have at the bottom of your tun? Why? If you've used both which worked better?

I have a manifold. My attempts at making a false bottom failed miserably so making a manifold was the only option.

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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manifold in a 70-qt Coleman Extreme. worked great. can't say what I got for efficiency as I used it for a parti-gyle the one time I've used it.

brew day in another week & , will figure out efficiency at that time

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
Dec 2011
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I have a fb. Stuck sparge issues. Just made a manifold...well see how it goes this weekend

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:23 PM   #4
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Bazooka screen didn't use a false bottom no problems with screen why fix what's not broke.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
Dec 2011
Culpeper, VA
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Why? Cost and easy. I spent $18 for my cooler on sale. $15 for my CPVC pipe, glue, ball valve and silicone tubing. I get 78 - 89% efficiency with this setup using a batch sparge.

Next up: Amber Ale
Primary 1&2: 90 Min IPA clone
Primary 3&4: Belgian Wit
Keg #1: White Mosaic Pale Ale
Keg #2: Empty
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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Taunton, MA
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cpvc manifold here too
cost and ease
Because God hates it when you drink bad beer

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:09 PM   #7
Apr 2011
Atascadero, Ca
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I have a false bottom in a keggle mash tun with a dip tube, no problems. I was already making dip tubes so it was easy enough to make another and my LHBS hooked me up with the false bottom cheap.

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:16 PM   #8
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Copper manifold in a cooler. Works great, easy to take apart to clean and looks cool. My last couple batches however I've been trying out biab. Mostly cause its cold here and I don't like cleaning the cooler out in the frigid temps.
My wife is like a well crafted beer...bitter, yet sweet enough to balance perfectly!

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
Oct 2010
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Copper manifold cause it was cheap and easy to make. The only time I ever have issues with it is when it's user error: Forget ricehulls, turn on my pump with my ball valve fully open and get a stuck mash from grain bed compaction, etc... All these usually happen after more than a few home brews and it's never stuck just slows down the flow rate.

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Old 02-06-2013, 02:05 AM   #10
May 2011
Stow, MA
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Domed fb with a silicone gasket...


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