Here is a link w/ pics to my stainless braid in a 10 gal cooler setup.
Works great...I can get crystal clear wort with a slow vorlauf. I used to just open 'er up and let 'er rip, but I got a lot more grist and cloudiness so I take my time allowing the wort to run off and it is beautiful!!! I usually do 5.5-6 gal batches, but I have done a 10 gal and noticed no real difference. I condition my malt
so the husks are fluffy and stay intact and have never even come close to a stuck sparge even when milling very fine (.032-.036") with my Barley Crusher.
You don't need any additional screen or filter. You are right on track when you said you thought the grain bed was supposed to be the real filter. The stainless braid is to keep the husks from mixing with the wort, allow the grain bed to set, and allow flow of wort out of the valve.
Originally Posted by Mirilis
"I cant handle that buddy.. it tastes like Moose Piss", (IPA) - side note.. ive never had moose piss, but im sure it doesnt taste like IPA or I would have a moose.
Grizzly Saison, Grizzly Brett, Session Pale, Colorado Cream Ale, Cranberry ApfelweinPrimary:
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Cognitive Dissonance Cascadian Dark Ale