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Old 06-29-2009, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Braided tubing or slotted copper in mash tun

So i am about to build a mash tun. I was going to go with a ten gallon chest cooler with the slotted copper tubing apparatus in the bottom.

Then someone mentioned just using the braided tubing. So not I am debating which to go with.

Any input or suggestions?

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Old 06-29-2009, 08:40 PM   #2
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A month ago, I was in the same position as you. I finally went with braid, because of the kits sold by Bargain Fittings. I got full 1/2" fittings, with a LARGE diameter braid clamped to a handy fitting that just screws into the back of the valve assembly in the HLT (I'm using the Rubbermaid / Home Depot 10 gal. cooler conversion). It works so well, it's a little bit of a letdown. Very little vorlauf involved, and it drains very smoothly.

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I went with the braid because I could get it free outta the trash at work.... Works great with most grain bills. If you do anything with alot of wheat or flaked barley you'll need a couple handfulls of rice hulls. (which isn't a big deal...they're cheap and easy and since I've tried them the first time....I use them on every mash.....

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I went with the braid because I could get it free outta the trash at work.... Works great with most grain bills. If you do anything with alot of wheat or flaked barley you'll need a couple handfulls of rice hulls. (which isn't a big deal...they're cheap and easy and since I've tried them the first time....I use them on every mash.....

What do the rice hulls do for you in a mash?
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If you're planning to fly sparge, a braid is the least efficient. For batch sparging it's OK.

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If you're planning to fly sparge, a braid is the least efficient. For batch sparging it's OK.
That's not what John Palmer says about the braid. I'm pretty sure in his book he said the braid is almost as good as a false bottom for fly sparging.
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That's not what John Palmer says about the braid. I'm pretty sure in his book he said the braid is almost as good as a false bottom for fly sparging.
...See this...
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Yes I have seen this on his web sit, This is from his book I Quote."Round Cooler With Braid, A round ring in a round cooler that divides the area evenly inside and outside the ring is actually more uniform than a false bottom of the same size. The other advantage of a ring over the false bottom here is the reduced risk of a stuck sparge from uniform compaction."

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Yes I have seen this on his web sit, This is from his book I Quote."Round Cooler With Braid, A round ring in a round cooler that divides the area evenly inside and outside the ring is actually more uniform than a false bottom of the same size. The other advantage of a ring over the false bottom here is the reduced risk of a stuck sparge from uniform compaction."
You are correct. If the braid is built/placed this way, it will perform similarly to a false bottom. A small, straight braid will not.
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Sorry I should have said round braid in a round cooler.

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