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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, 06:48 PM   #11
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I've used a copper manifold, a braid, a bazooka, and a SS false bottom.

If I were starting AG from scratch today, it would be SS false bottom all the way.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:18 PM   #12
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Unfortunately, cost involved, I'll be using a rectangle cooler from wally world for my mash tun, so a false bottom is out of the question.
For the manifold users....Drilled or slotted? I can see benefits to both.

Thanks so much for the help on this.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:22 PM   #13
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I drilled mine and just experienced my first ever stuck sparge. The manifold wasn't the problem though, I used my new monster mill for the first time ever on this batch and obviously had it set a little bit too fine ('crush until you're scared' should be a gradual process, not an all-in-one obviously ). I've never had a problem with my corona-style mill and always got great efficiency and no stuck sparges even with 70/30 wheat beers.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:00 PM   #14
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Copper all the way.

Keep the cuts on the down side though.

I use rice hulls in all my batches so stuck sparges are a thing of fiction in my brewery.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:35 PM   #15
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I use a bazooka tube and the only problem I had was I bent it a little while stirring up grain. Other than that it works perfect.

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Old 05-25-2008, 04:18 AM   #16
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I have both a CPVC slotted manifold and a SS braid. The manifold works a bit better as it's angled for a lower siphon profile. Other than that, never a stuck sparge, never a problem with either one.

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Old 05-25-2008, 04:59 AM   #17
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Uh, what's a bazooka tube? My search was fruitless.
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:18 AM   #18
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Basically, a braid on steroids. Search for "bazooka screen."

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Old 05-25-2008, 11:01 AM   #19
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I use a SS braid and it works wonderfully for me.
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:14 PM   #20
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I use a SS braid with a SS spring inside to help hold it open... works great for me. The first braid I had crushed but later I found out it was plastic that looks like SS. Had to go to Lowes for the real deal.

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