Originally Posted by OatStraw
I have this same build but used the 1/2" braid. Have you noticed any increase in efficiency or anything significant from the 3/4" supply braid? If so I might switch mine out.
I went straight to the 3/4" so I have no efficiency comparison with the 1/2", but what I realized just by looking at the two, is the 3/4" braid has a much thicker wire mesh. So increased strength was what I was looking for, I didn't want my braid to crush under 20-25lbs of grain in the mash.
Until my very last brewday I hadn't had any problems with a slow or stuck runoff. For whatever reason I had to keep blowing into the runoff hose to keep unclogging it. I have a feeling that the pump was pulling too hard with the thinner mash I was using. Plus I overshot my temps that day too, it was a mess of errors.
FWIW, lots went wrong that day though, my hydrometer broke when sampling my 3 runoff, I mean it cracked in the cylinder when I spun it. Not only could I not calculate my pre-boil with the 3 runoff numbers because I failed to get an accurate 3rd, but I couldn't tell what my OG was! Anyhow, the beer tastes great, but that's about all I can tell you about it.