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Old 08-08-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default rubbermaid mash tun? what is better?

i got the 10 gal rubbermaid cooler.
i have the ball valve hooked up with no problem.
what is better for the inside??
some have the ss braid line and some have a pvc mainfold or copper?
which way to go??
i already have the parts for the ss braid line but ppl complain about the braid collapsing and getting a stuck sparge. (i can add the ss spring)
or would it be better with the pvc??

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Old 08-08-2011, 11:57 PM   #2
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Are you trying to batch or fly sparge?

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I love my braid. Great efficiency and no stuck sparge issues. I batch sparge, and usually after just a few quarts of vorlauf I get good clear wort.

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Old 08-09-2011, 12:08 AM   #4
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False bottom is my vote works awesome

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Braid IMO. I have never had issues and have used the smaller sink/toilet supply, but am currently using a sturdier washing machine supply braid. If you want to be extra sure use a hot water heater supply braid, they are brawny and indestructible and still only about ten bucks. Just dont stir like a fool and wind a long braid into a pretzel. I always stir along the braid lengthwise out of habit, I swear some feel the silly need to stir like an outboard motor.

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I got the ss braid from hd. It's a 20" sink,toilet line.
Did u take the inside of it out and just use the braid? Did u put anything inside of braid to make it rigid?

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Copper manifold. It won't compress and gives less dead space. Also I have learned that 'Stainless Steel' at Big Orange and Big Blue doesn't really mean rust free SS. They will do anything to save a buck. Go with a copper manifold.

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I did braid, and had no end of problems, (kinking and crushing it, having it float up, getting tangled up in it with my drill or paddle). CPVC manifolds are super easy to make, and work great.

I cut my slits in my manifold with a sawzall. Works great.

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I got the ss braid from hd. It's a 20" sink,toilet line.
Did u take the inside of it out and just use the braid? Did u put anything inside of braid to make it rigid?
I got the tip to take syphon tubing and I cut v notches every inch or so bottom and top and feed it through the braid. Mine has been a beast so far.
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I just did my first all grain brew and I opted for copper. It was pretty easy and will probably last me a long time.

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