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Old 03-09-2007, 09:04 PM   #21
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Do you need an icepack, Dude?



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Old 03-09-2007, 09:12 PM   #22
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Dude, get a small close nipple. Insert it into the open end of the braid instead of folding it over. Leave it about halfway out. Attach with a hose clamp. Add an endcap piece. Just enough weight to keep it down on the bottom where it belongs.
No guys....it is already clamped to the tee. I'm worried about the mash paddle hooking on the ring and pulling it. I need some kind of weight to hold the braid from floating around.
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:17 PM   #23
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No guys....it is already clamped to the tee. I'm worried about the mash paddle hooking on the ring and pulling it. I need some kind of weight to hold the braid from floating around.


That's what the nipple and end cap do - add weight to the end so that the braid stays on the bottom of the tun. The end of the braid that you see is the loose end, it's not connected to anything. I used to hit the braid all the time before I did this - now, it stays put on the bottom without having to hook it down. You obviously just can;t put your mash paddle ALL the way down into the tun indiscriminantly.
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That's what the nipple and end cap do - add weight to the end so that the braid stays on the bottom of the tun. The end of the braid that you see is the loose end, it's not connected to anything. I used to hit the braid all the time before I did this - now, it stays put on the bottom without having to hook it down. You obviously just can;t put your mash paddle ALL the way down into the tun indiscriminantly.
My braid is a ring, not a T. What kind of efficiency are you getting?
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My braid is a ring, not a T. What kind of efficiency are you getting?
Natch, didn't realize you had a ring. Got ~78% on the pale ale, but I'm still dialing in the system, so it's generally been closer to 70% (mostly because I think I under-sparge). Still learning this AG gig.
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If you are batch sparging you don't need a loop, just a straight piece of braid will suffice.

Some people coil solid copper wire around the braid to stiffen it up and keep it in place. Since my MT is 30 gallons and I mash 70+lbs of grain I don't even get close enough to the braid to worry about it.

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