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Old 01-08-2008, 03:08 PM   #21
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I wish my brewstand was complete so I could try the keg MLT. I'm afraid to try it without a direct heat source. I am planning to test with a 1" diameter SS braid over my dip tube before I drop the money on full size FB. I'm going to run the braid all the way up the tip tube to where it hits the compression nut and clamp it there but it will also extend passed the end of the dip tube where I'll terminate it on a 3/4" copper end cap (with clamp). I think Lowes has a 16" braided water heater supply. I want to run it over the dip tube to provide rigidity for more aggressive mash stirring and I suspect the larger diameter braid ultimately means more open area without adding significant length.

I also might try this crazy idea of running about 5 feet of 1/2" soft copper tubing in a coil ultimately ending at the center bottom of the keg with a braid covering the entire run.

I'm trying to strike a balance between brewing beer and building beer brewing equipment in my limited spare time so I've been using the cooler MLT a lot.

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:04 PM   #22
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I think Lowes has a 16" braided water heater supply.
That's what I used to build my MLT last night. I got a 24" one from Home Depot and cut it into three sections and made a "T" with a copper "T" connector. The braid is almost 1" in diameter and should get much better flow than the toilet hose braid. We'll see when I get to test it out this weekend.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:36 PM   #23
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I was thinking about trying something like this in my sanke MLT to see if I can avoid the stuck mash and flow problems I've had with my FB and a fine crush.

Basically a T on the bottom of my pickup tube, connected to 2 more T's with braids looping around to give good coverage.

Or should I just try to make or buy a full false bottom? Whatcha think?

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #24
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+1 for CPVC

The flow rate of your mash into your manifold can greatly effect your efficiency. Palmers book talks about it. I just looked at the pictures (big suprise) and made a CPVC manifold that is in the shape of a square with 5 4 rows of the pipe that i took a hack saw to and scored slices into in short integrals. Works like a champ, will not get crushed, easy to clean.

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Old 01-09-2008, 09:38 PM   #25
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I also use CPVC. Easy to manufacture, and hasn't stuck yet.

I loved attacking it with the Dremel. Blood Pressure dropped 10 points that day.

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I did it on my desk at work, still finding CPVC dust on things in my office months later....on the positive side I think its all out of my nose now
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:48 PM   #26
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I built mine with copper, but I am thinking of switching to a SS braid. I have some SS perf plate that i am going to break like ^ to lay over the braid. With some 11ga SS plate over top, there is no chance of the line crushing.

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