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Old 12-27-2008, 04:37 AM   #1
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Am looking at making my mash tun with a 15 gallon ss pot (i.e. the $59 jobee). I am looking forward to making many rye, hefs, and standard ales. Should I consider a bargain fitting SS braided hoses on the dump valve or just nut up and go with SS false bottom? Any experience with the hose, stories would be great, but think I am going with the false bottom.

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Old 12-27-2008, 04:59 AM   #2
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I use a Bazooka tube-- but I also batch sparge. If you are fly sparging -- I would definitely go False Bottom. In short: If you are batch sparging, it literally doesn't matter what you use as long as it will filter out the grains. If you are fly sparging, you want to distribute the suction from the gravity feed/pump as much as possible. For this reason, False bottoms are best because they distribute the suction across the entire bottom of your vessel.

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If you are batch sparging: You'll get the same results regardless
If you are fly sparging (or plan to soon): Go False Bottom, it's the best and most efficient way to fly sparge.

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I use a Bazooka tube-- but I also batch sparge. If you are fly sparging -- I would definitely go False Bottom. In short: If you are batch sparging, it literally doesn't matter what you use as long as it will filter out the grains. If you are fly sparging, you want to distribute the suction from the gravity feed/pump as much as possible. For this reason, False bottoms are best because they distribute the suction across the entire bottom of your vessel.

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If you are batch sparging: You'll get the same results regardless
If you are fly sparging (or plan to soon): Go False Bottom, it's the best and most efficient way to fly sparge.
Pretty well put. I batch spare and dont plan on fly sparging anytime soon so I use a SS braid. I might move to a manifold but not right away but basically either will work if you batch sparge but SS braids are proven and cheap.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:34 AM   #5
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Do you need to add internal support for the Bazooka Screen?

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:53 AM   #6
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I fly sparge in my 12 gallon batches.

At first I had two bazooka tees, but that got stuck way too much. Went with a full diameter false bottom for my keggle and never looked back. Still can get some stuck mashes that I have to mix up and recirc, but overall very happy with the set up.

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HOLY COW!!! This thread will take you back 5 years!!!

Welcome to the forum....

I still vote FALSE BOTTOM!!!

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Go with the false bottom, my braid ended up kinking after a few uses and it ended up being the cause of a stuck sparge.

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None of th3 above. Copper manifold. Never got a stuck sparge, easy to make and option to fly sparge

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I acually have used a bazooka screen in my rubbermaid cooler and never had a stuck sparge. But then I batch sparge. Seems like the braided ss is more flexible under pressure than the screen. Unless I'm wrong.... please forgive a noob!!

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