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Old 02-11-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
Dec 2011
Kingston, Ontario
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Sorry if this has been answered somewhere else, but I couldn't find a conclusive post anywhere.

So far I've been using a (relatively ghetto) Coleman cooler with a stainless braid and batch sparging, and I've had good luck -- excellent conversion, not stuck sparges, etc. I'm looking to add a RIMS kit to the mix, and I've got a little voice in the back of my head saying "Channeling will be an issue! Beware the channeling!"

Now, is this actually an issue, or am I imagining it? Will I have better results by converting to a manifold for use with the RIMS, even if I continue to batch sparge?
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:17 AM   #2
May 2011
Stow, MA
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No doubt someone will chime in with a claim of stress-free recirculation using a braid, but to me the risk of ending up with a high "pita factor" would definitely steer me towards a manifold or false bottom...


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