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Old 11-06-2007, 11:31 PM   #1
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Ok, starting to make the leap. Just purchased a ten gallon rubbermaid cooler for my mlt. Question is... Should I go with a false bottom,copper type manifold or screen type? Done a lot of reading about pros and cons of both. But still would like some more opinions.Any would be appreciated!

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:33 AM   #2
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They all work fine. Just pick one and go with it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:36 AM   #3
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I went with a false bottom from www.morebeer.com. So far, I've had very little grain go through it and I've never had a clog.

EDIT: For D*Bo and Kubed: I'm knocking on some wood (well, particle board really, but there's wood in it!) right now.
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:22 AM   #4
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You just screwed yourself. I see a stuck sparge in your near future.
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:43 AM   #5
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So what is your advice besides" you just screwed yourself"? You are not helping me or anybody else with that.

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:04 AM   #6
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I use a SS braid from Lowe's in my cooler. I am very happy with it. It is the only thing I have used so I can't compare. I don't see why any of the other options wouldn't work too, I like the braid because I could get it local and it is cheap.

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:31 AM   #7
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I skimped on the Rubbermaid instructions and bought a "polymer mesh" braid and I used the square end bolt rather than a second nipple and square bolt.

The first run sucked, I ended up scooping out the grain into a pair of my wifes (unused) nylons.

So I went to Home Depot and bought a stainless braid, a second nipple and used some plastic computer cable ties to hold everything together and it works EXCELLENTLY.

It cost me about the same as a 12 inch false bottom but honestly, with False Bottoms as hard to find as they are, I decided to make my own and I'm happy.

Follow the instructions found http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=23008 and you'll be good.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:08 AM   #8
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So what is your advice besides" you just screwed yourself"? You are not helping me or anybody else with that.
99% sure that was directed at Nyxator. I hope he knocked on some wood
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:30 AM   #9
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Exactly.
Every time someone at the Drop Zone says I've never, it happens on the next jump.

And I've used the stainless braid with good results.
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:37 PM   #10
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Stainless braid here with batch sparging too. Getting 80%+ inefficiency.

 
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