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Old 10-30-2013, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default New mash tun manifold: where to solder?

Hello everyone.

I'm new to all grain brewing and have built a mash tun manifold following some of the sage advice on this community. I've read a lot of threads where seasoned brewers advise not to solder the whole manifold so that it can be taken apart and be cleaned.

My question is this: where should I solder and where shouldn't i?



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What is the alternative to soldering? Just dry fitting?

Thank you for your help!
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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My manifold is similar, and I don't have any solder. Just dry fit. Your not really worried about having it watertight inside the mash, your just filtering. It's super easy to take apart and clean. Just be careful if you dump the grain out. Parts tend to get lost...
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:56 AM   #3
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Yes, as long as your dry fit is snug, you should be fine. Take care when stirring the mash so as not to dislodge the joints--I learned that lesson on my first AG using a similar manifold
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If the joints can slide apart while in the cooler, i would definitely solder some of the joints for some rigidity or modify it further so that it can't fall apart. Bottom line however careful you try to be it will fall apart at some point.

Consider changing your corner elbows with T's and add another short section of pipe with an end cap to bring it completely to the edge. That way it can't fall apart while in the cooler. My cooler and manifold is much bigger but never had an issue using the changes i mention. Since mine is bigger i did solder some joints but it still can almost be completely disassembled for cleaning and storage.
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I take a pair of pliers and very carefully put a slight crimp on the end of each fitting so the dry fit is very snug. You can take it apart for cleaning and it won't come apart while mashing.
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On mine I soldered the longs sides together and the cross pieces are dry fit. That way you don't have to deal with assembling the tees and elbows every time. I also tie a string around it to keep the dry fit pieces from coming apart - having it fall apart mid-mash once is enough
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DRY FIT 100%

You can slightly clamp the ends but you'll be thankful when it fills with husks and you can take it apart to clean.
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Just tie it both ways with copper wire.
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It looks like a great manifold! I wouldn't mess with the size; it looks just right
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