Cooler Manifold- Opinions Needed

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BMan1029

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I just bought two rectangular coolers. See picture. It has a circular mash manifold. In talking with some people at my homebrew club meeting last night, they brought up a potential issue with channeling with the circular mash manifold. Suggested I make a PVC manifold. I would like to get feedback from others. Do I run the risk of having problems with channeling with a circular mash manifold?

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I think it looks like a winner of a system. I really like the sparge manifold. Are you planning on using a pump for your vorlauf?
 
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Pump is on order. First batch is going to be a Hefeweizen. From my rudimentary understanding, vorlauf is done for clarity before sparging? Would it be wise for this particular style of beer? Total AG noob here.
 

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If your concerned w/ chanelling, try a batch sparge. That cooler will be fine batch sparging and that may be a simpler 1st time approach.
 

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Vorlauf would be wise for virtually any beer. The less chunky stuff going into the kettle, the better. I vorlauf probably 2-3 gallons worth before I start to collect my runnings.
 
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