Originally Posted by Gitmoe
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.