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View Poll Results: Manifold VS. Bazooka
Copper Manifold All The Way. 15 40.54%
Bazooka Tubes ROCK 13 35.14%
I don't like the way Bazooka stick in my braces! 9 24.32%
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:04 PM   #1
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Getting ready for an end of summer A.G. Conversion, and I'm wondering who thinks what?
I can surely build a copper Manifold for my cooler conversion, but I keep looking at that little $17 Bazooka tube and thinking....That's pretty easy!

So, Which do you prefer, and if you don't mind...WHY?

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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I've not used a bazooka tube, but I definitely prefer my drilled copper manifold to the stainless braid I was originally using. I kept crushing the braid with my mash paddle and it didn't allow me to switch back and forth between batch and fly sparging.
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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I used a bazooka tube in my MLT and I have no problems at all. I can't compare it to anything else, because I've never used a regular braid. One benefit of the bazooka is that it is a heavier material and is not going to be affected by the weight of the grain above.

Disadvantage: Depending on the cooler it's going to be long and you'll have to cut/crimp it. Not hard to do, but cutting something I paid 17 bucks for bugged me.
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:09 PM   #4
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I use a pvc manifold, very cheap, very efficient, very easy to clean. Never had a stuck sparge. Need I say more?

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:11 PM   #5
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I have the Flyguy conversion, 10 gallon rubbermaid, with the bazooka tube rather than the braid. I am REALLY happy with it. Never had a stuck sparge, and generally run off about 1 quart of vorlauf per sparge before it's wide open into the pot. I have done 50%+ wheat recipes with no issues(although I did add rice hulls) as well.

It's also pretty sturdy so you don't have to worry about bending it if you whack it with your paddle. I've done grain bills up to 15 lbs or so with this setup. I guess the 9-9-9 will be the ultimate test.

but - I digress. Really dig the bazooka.

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:24 PM   #6
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I just switched from a braid to a bazooka tube in my MLT...1 batch so far but it was an improvement in draining/operation. I was on my second braid.

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:44 PM   #7
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I just built my copper manifold last night. I can't wait to try it out!

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:46 PM   #8
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I've only used bazooka tubes, both for the mash tun & kettle. They work fine, so I haven't tried anything else for comparison. I have a well-developed sense of 'good enough'.
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:21 PM   #9
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I snaked a perforated piece of plastic tubing through my circular braid to give it some rigidity, and no longer have to worry about crushing it. I've never had a stuck sparge (or even a hint of one) and the wort flows as fast & freely as the ball valve will allow. I only have to recirculate a few pints before the runnings are particle free.

It's essentially a manifold within a braid...crush-proof like a manifold, with the better filtering of a braid. Since no large particles of grain or husk get inside, a good rinsing is all the cleaning it requires.

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Old 05-23-2008, 06:42 PM   #10
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Will a braid really crush? I've never had that problem, but if there's a good reason, I may just have to do that pipe snaking thing.
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