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Old 02-10-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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I'm making a MLT out of a cooler and I need a braided hose to help strain the wort. Does anyone know if it's safe to use a polymer and not stainless steel?

It's this hose:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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Don't do it! Go to Lowes and get a real SS hose.

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:56 AM   #3
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Yes you can use this line.
BUT what your after is the Braid that surrounds the Polymer...Not the polymer hose itself...
When you pick this hose up, you want to cut the SS Braid on either side of the fittings with dikes (or whatever you have that will get the job done) and remove the rubber/polymer hose from the center. Then you can use hose clamps to attach the SS braid to your tun.

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:58 AM   #4
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I went to Home Depot and purchased a 4' stainless braided washing machine hose. I cut the ends off, pulled the rubber hose out leaving only the stainless braid.

There's a "How to Make a Mash Tun" video posted in the DIY project section of this forum that shows how to do it. It worked perfect for me.

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:40 AM   #5
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I know what you are talking about with the faux ss braid made of plastic. Dont do it. Its cheap metallic dyed plastic that could leach who knows what. Even beyond that, im sure the braid would collapse under a good grain bill

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Old 02-10-2011, 02:35 AM   #6
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No, the braid is actually plastic on this one.


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Yes you can use this line.
BUT what your after is the Braid that surrounds the Polymer...Not the polymer hose itself...
When you pick this hose up, you want to cut the SS Braid on either side of the fittings with dikes (or whatever you have that will get the job done) and remove the rubber/polymer hose from the center. Then you can use hose clamps to attach the SS braid to your tun.
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The only thing that catches me a little off guard in the above video is the use of conduit jam nuts, and galvanized wire on the inside of the tank. Both of these have a huge potential of rust, which I can't imagine would make good beer.

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Check my thread out on my MLT braid

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/upgr...supply-223403/

Don't use the polymer, use the real SS braid. I show how you can use one of the commercial ends while only cutting off one end. And there is NO reason to use 4' of braided stainless...you really only use the last couple of inches. 10" braid is plenty long.

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The only thing that catches me a little off guard in the above video is the use of conduit jam nuts, and galvanized wire on the inside of the tank. Both of these have a huge potential of rust, which I can't imagine would make good beer.
Not to mention that braid is too big for the MLT. You really want a inch or two space from your braid to the cooler walls. Having the braid practically touching the cooler wall can lead to channeling and undersparging.
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