If that is a "real stainless" braid and not a plastic imposter, that should work absolutely fine. I would suggest that you stir the mash lengthwise on each side of the braid. There is no need to stir the crap out of your mash and twist the braid like an amish sour dough pretzel. Just use reasonable care and you'll be fine. What's Denny up to w/ a simple braid like that, 928,427 batches??