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Old 12-30-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default 3/8" braided hose for mash tun

Anyone use this size successfully for batch sparge? Is a longer hose better in this situation, I have a 96" (I know, impressive). Thanks!

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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The wort will want to enter the braid ASAP within the first 6 inches or so....IMO any longer than the bottom of the cooler just gets tangled and damaged without much benefit.

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Thanks for the input.

I've seen many DIY cooler mash tuns call for a 48" braided hose, any idea why?

Thought maybe there was a benefit to having it longer...

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anyone? should I buy a larger diameter or will 3/8" work okay?

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If you want opinions, best to post a few pics of what you have??? otherwise there are many types of braid, and only guessing that it will work??? so far all we know is 96" and 3/8", I am not familiar w/ anything like that?

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I have a 3/8" SS braid and it works fine. I think mine runs about 6-8 inches long and that's works for sure.

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I have a 3/8" SS braid and it works fine. I think mine runs about 6-8 inches long and that's works for sure.
Thanks! Did you use a wire coil inside the braid for support?
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Thanks! Did you use a wire coil inside the braid for support?
Nope. No need. The cap at the end has some weight and that's all it needs. Works great.
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When I started all grain I used a braided hose for about 4 brews and 2 of them got stuck. The hose braid crushes and then it's game over. I don't see why a longer hose would make the situation any better. I changed over to a kettle screen and had much better success. Now I use a stainless false bottom and it's the best. I always steer people away from braided hoses when I'm at work and customers ask me about mash tuns. (I work at a LHBS full time)

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When I started all grain I used a braided hose for about 4 brews and 2 of them got stuck. The hose braid crushes and then it's game over. I don't see why a longer hose would make the situation any better. I changed over to a kettle screen and had much better success. Now I use a stainless false bottom and it's the best. I always steer people away from braided hoses when I'm at work and customers ask me about mash tuns. (I work at a LHBS full time)
Did you have anything inside the braided hose for support? The most effective thing I've seen to support the braid so it doesn't collapse is a loosely coiled wire inside the braided hose. This will help the hose maintain shape and not collapse on itself. I think it was copper wire that I saw being used.

I use a bazooka screen that has worked great for about 96% of my brews. I had a stuck sparge on a roggenbier recipe and the screen tube came loose from the hose once, but I corrected that the next time around with a hose clamp. Otherwise works like a champ. If/when I build another mash tun, I plan to use a braided hose with the loosely coiled wire inside as described above.
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