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False bottom vs Manifold
« on: October 24, 2003, 12:45:13 PM »
Which do you think provides better efficiency?

I use a Phils false bottom with a Igloo/Gott type water cooler, but I've seen some amazing claims with manifolds and larger rectangular picnic coolers.

For a given cooler style which do you think is better?

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Brad
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Re: False bottom vs Manifold
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2003, 11:52:59 AM »
Hi Brad,
I use a rectangular cooler (esky) I started off with a copper pipe manifold and was getting around 70% eff. A friend gave me some S/S mesh so I made a false bottom and am now getting 80% eff. I have found that I get a smoother run off with the false bottom and no stuck mashes even with a wit beer (your recipe) using 50% wheat. By the way that was the first wit I have made and the aroma from the orange peel and corriander was magic, it's fermenting now.
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Andrew

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Re: False bottom vs Manifold
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2003, 05:09:18 PM »
Andrew,
 You will love the wit!  I tapped a fresh keg for a party tonight and everyone went crazy for it.  It is simply a great light beer with a unique twist.

Appreciate the feedback on the false bottom vs manifold.  It seems to me that the false bottom would perform better (at least theoretically) because of the larger surface area and minimal distance the wort needs to drain, but I know some people have done very well with manifolds as well.

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