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?
Fermenting: American Stout
Kegged: Biere de Garde, Premium American Lager, "May Day" Belgian Pale Ale, "Witty Retort" Light RyePA, "Spring Break" Marzen
Bottled: "Sh!tshow" Schwarzbier, Maibock, Saison, Kolsch