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Old 10-02-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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I need to make a new Lautering Aperatus as my PVC one has finally gone Kaput(I have only been doing partial Mashes with it in a 48 Qt. Cooler). So, I will be making a new one out of Copper. My question is about the holes that the wort seeps into. Should they be facing up or down? I was thinking maybe have half of them up, and half of them down. What do you think?
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:48 PM   #2
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I place the fanifold with the slits facing down, to me this makes sense because the wort on the bottom won't flow up into the slits. I could assemble my manifold with the slits facing down if I wanted, but I don't need to because what I'm doing works for me. I think it would be better if you cut them all facing one way, then place the manifold with the slits down and mash, and next time you brew try placing the manifold with the slits up.


 
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:48 PM   #3
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I need to make a new Lautering Aperatus as my PVC one has finally gone Kaput(I have only been doing partial Mashes with it in a 48 Qt. Cooler). So, I will be making a new one out of Copper. My question is about the holes that the wort seeps into. Should they be facing up or down? I was thinking maybe have half of them up, and half of them down. What do you think?
Face them all down, this will allow you to get all of the liquid off the bottom.

 
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:51 PM   #4
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down, that's how mine face. although some on both sides couldn't hurt, might even help.
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:52 PM   #5
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The problem I ran into on Saturday night was that I only had 2.12 lbs of grain in my Mini Mash recipe. Hence, I think that the cooler was to big for my Mash as the Manifold kept Floating to the top of the Mash. Then I had no flow. I took the Mash out of the Tun twice and I cleaned the Manifold out twice replacing the Mash back into the lauter Tun both times. After my failed second attempt, I finally gave up and pulled out the old stand by. A Spaghetti Strainer. So, I need to come up with a new Manifold for my 48 qt. Rectangular Cooler before I do my first AG Brew Day. Also, I am brewing this Monday coming up, so I might try something out tomorrow with so 3/4 inch copper.
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describe your current manifold? is is a bazzoka screen or something that could float?
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Did I mention that as I was stirring the Mash on my first Sparge that the Spoon hit the manifold and the manifold fell apart? yuh, my worst Sparge ever that night. Ah well. Just another bend in the learning curve.
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:55 PM   #8
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I see....
There was no pressure on top to force the liquid through. The mash tun is too big for a small mash like that.

 
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:56 PM   #9
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so you knocked the manifold out ? i don't understand, i'm an idot to be sure....
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:57 PM   #10
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You could just get a smaller cooler and a bazooka screen, this way you can do small and regular mashes, depending on the size. You want about 3 inches of grain depth to get a good extraction. I used food grade copper adhesive to glue half of the manifold so that it wouldn't fall apart.

 
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