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Old 12-29-2008, 03:23 AM   #1
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Hello fellow beer makers,
I am making the switch from extract to AG. Felt the need to build something this week and decided to make a manifold for my new 10g. MLT. Was wondering from your experience whether to put the holes up or down and if I should solder it or not?





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Holes down....
I tested it with holes down. Put a few gal. of water in and opened the valve.
I ended up with about 3/4 cup of water left in the bottom. I would anticipate this amount much greater if the holes were up. The reason I asked was I had read in other posts that there were concerns with having them down. Just wondering why people have them face up.
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i would assume you should solder the joints, probably with a lead free solder for health concerns. i dont know a lot about MLT's yet though so i may be wrong.
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I tested it with holes down. Put a few gal. of water in and opened the valve.
I ended up with about 3/4 cup of water left in the bottom. I would anticipate this amount much greater if the holes were up. The reason I asked was I had read in other posts that there were concerns with having them down. Just wondering why people have them face up.
All mlts leave liquid behind, it's called your deadspace. You factor it into your brewing software when you are setting that up...mines actully IIRC 2 cups...so 3/4 is quite nice.

I haven't seen any manifolds that were face up except those in threads where the people with more experience then told them to turn them over...
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I haven't seen any manifolds that were face up except those in threads where the people with more experience then told them to turn them over...
Thanks for clarifying Revvy. That makes me laugh!
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How about solder or no? It has a pretty snug fit w/o and it would seem pretty easy to clean by not soldering it.
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Holes down, no solder. Soldering will make it a lot harder to clean, and there's no pressure, so if it's a snug fit, then there's nothing to worry about. If a little liquid leaks through the joints, who cares, the pipes are full of holes.
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+1 on the no solder. no sweating needed here...
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I'll be the voice of dissent and say to solder. I clean mine so nothing is left in the slots and rinse, but I like having a manifold that doesn't fold.


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