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Old 01-02-2013, 12:47 AM   #11
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I use braid. Works great and never had problems, and it's cheap too.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:54 AM   #12
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I have a 10g Igloo with a braid. I used a conversion kit with the longer braided option. I think it was 12". I had to roll the end slightly to make it fit. No collapses yet, a few drips during the last brew.

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:49 AM   #13
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I feel a bit stupid. I don't know what most of you are talking about - and I've tried looking it up in a number of wiki's. For 10 years we have been using:
- A Coleman Extreme 36 qt cooler for our mash tun. It is not modified in any manner.
- A physically separate lauter tun with false bottom, drain spigot, and a short (18") hose to fill the boil pot. It looks like it holds 5 to 6 gallons at a time.
- We use a beat up Revere Ware pot (1.5 qt) to scoop the mash from one tun to the other. Then we use a large (15") rubber (hi-temp) spatula to shift the last bits. It is a bit messy, but works every time. Easy to clean - except for the occasional grain bit stuck in the false bottom grating.

The practice reads:
Fill the lauter-tun to within 3” from the top – at the ring.
Empty the remaining boil pot water into the sparge pot.
There should be 3+ gallons remaining (includes a gallon+ for hop sparge later on).
Drain some malt extract (first runnings – a couple of quarts) into the Revere Ware pot.
Recycle back into the lauter-tun until the runoff extract becomes clear.
Don't let this splash and make more mess.
Setup the boil pot on the floor and drain the malt extract into it.
Keep water level at the ring until the extract reaches 5” below the bottom rivet (3 gallons in boil pot).
Let the water level fall to where the grain can be seen – extract at 3” below the bottom rivet (4 gallons in boil pot).
Gingerly, add more sparge water until water reaches 3/4” below the bottom rivet (5½ gallons in boil pot).
No more sparge water is needed. Continue draining until the drain hose fills with air (7½ gallons in boil pot).

The practice is reliable and repeatable.

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Old 01-02-2013, 06:21 AM   #14
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I only use one tun, add I think you'll find most here do as well. Granted I'm relatively new to the game, but in my research I haven't read about transferring mash from one tun to another. I add grain, add hot water, mash for an hour or so, and drain that. I then add sparge water to the same tun, and add that to the boil pot. Easy peasy.

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From everything I have read, it really doesn't matter weather you use a false bottom, manifold or braid. Although, from that research, it seems that using a false bottom, if you are batch sparging, really is a waste of money. If you are batch sparging you don't have to worry about channeling at all as your sugar extraction happens in the cooler, not while draining. I use hose braid, it was cheap, easy to install and has worked perfectly in every batch I've done so far.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #16
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just placed a order with weldlessfittings.com couldn't find better prices. went all stainless with the 14" braid, stainless ball valve and barb plus bulk head. $48 to my door

looking forward to building my first mash tun, thanks to all your help. hope to go all grain this summer. was planing on batch sparging, going to build a keggle and thats it.

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Ready to go !

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I think the SS spring is a great idea.. but.. I've not seen any. Are they relatively common to find at something like Big HD Orange? If so, where? Seems like, as with WalMart, no one knows where things are if they aren't in their personal department.
I didn't have any luck with HD. I ordered what I needed through McMaster-Carr.

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Check out home brew finds. They just had two ten gallon coolers listed. $40 range delivered. No tax!

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Check out home brew finds. They just had two ten gallon coolers listed. $40 range delivered. No tax!
I got mine from Amazon delivered to my door for $47.86. That is cheaper than I could buy one around here plus tax, including Walmart.
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