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Old 01-25-2009, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default My Two Cents on Sparging

Been all grain brewing for two years. Used false bottoms and SS braids in my round ten gallon Gott cooler. Fly sparged and batch sparged. Never real happy with the results. Today I used Biermuncher's copper manifold on a batch sparge and had the best drain ever. Never looking back.


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Old 01-26-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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Been all grain brewing for two years. Used false bottoms and SS braids in my round ten gallon Gott cooler. Fly sparged and batch sparged. Never real happy with the results. Today I used Biermuncher's copper manifold on a batch sparge and had the best drain ever. Never looking back.
Okay... got my interest.

Where's the details on Beirmunchers copper manifold?

How fast were you able to drain the mash?

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Old 01-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #3
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The thread should be easy to find using a search for "copper manifolds". He had pictures and I also found other very good related threads. I chose not to open the valve full open, but it was close and no stuck sparge.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:13 PM   #4
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Whatever works for ya.....I've never had a single problem with my braid and I get great efficiency.
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I had two bad brew days with the braid. I opted for a CPVC manifold because it was cheaper and easier for me a the time. I never had a problem sparging since.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:22 PM   #6
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Okay... got my interest.

Where's the details on Beirmunchers copper manifold?
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BierMuncher do you have a parts list/cost break down? Looks like a good solution for the 10 gallon rubbermaid. It seems like a manifold would work better than stainless braid.
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I can attest that the braid has never been a problem, but neither should a manifold if you make the slits thin enough. "Better" is subjective depending on what you're trying to achieve. The braid is really good and cheap if you batch sparge. A manifold is great and is slightly more expensive. It can also work with fly sparging.
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BierMuncher do you have a parts list/cost break down? Looks like a good solution for the 10 gallon rubbermaid. It seems like a manifold would work better than stainless braid.
I just happened to have some spare copper laying around from finishing my basement.

The parts are pretty much what you see.

Five elbows.
Five T's
Scrap copper
The usual bulkhead hardware.

I currently use this in my 10-gallon and it works just fine.
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BierMuncher, what did you use to make the slits? When I was throwing together my copper manifold, I ended up making the slits too wide, so I get bits of grain in my runnings even after I vorlauf a reasonable amount (at least I don't get stuck sparges, I guess, though).

Would a dremel work well? I figured I could also maybe use a drill and drill small holes all over the manifold, but that seems like more of a pain.


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