We are going to start this journey by looking at the design I use and then move on to variations of not only manifolds but also a few false bottoms. At the start I use the picnic cooler style of mash tun with a manifold.
This faucet design is a great way for controlling wort flow into the brew kettle.
As you can see here I cut slits into the piping. This is a simple way for allowing the wort to flow through the manifold. Another option for this would be to drill holes instead of cutting slits.
The design I use for my manifold allows for easy break down and cleaning.
From here we will look at a few other options that can be used when designing a mash tun. The first design here is probably the most simplistic. A stainless steel mesh hose. For the most part this one requires almost no work to set up. Next we find a copper manifold design for an drink cooler. The drink coolers are taller giving a bigger grain bed to act as a filter.
Finally, here we find a variation on the faucet design. The use of the valve is what gives you better control in lauter flow.
Time for a pint...