Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Easy DIY method to prevent crushed braids

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-29-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
shroomzofdoom
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Posts: 609
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default Easy DIY method to prevent crushed braids

I inherited a few ½” braids and set about making a cooler Mash Tun, about halfway through I could not decide on a manifold or a braid, as I read a bit on drawbacks for both. In this case, I wound up with a hybrid design, but also reinforced the braids to prevent crushing and stuck sparges.


Start with a SS braid, trim off the fittings and remove the rubber hose. You are left with a nice braid, but one that crushes quite easily.


In the hardware aisle of your local hardware store, you can find picture hanging wire that’s all copper. I found this at Lowe’s:


Roll some out and start winding it around a racking cane in a coil/spring fashion:



Then, using your heat resistant spoon, wooden spoon or similar, force that into the braid on the opposite end to keep the braid open while gently turning the copper coil. It should ‘screw’ its way into the braid. Use patience and don’t force it, gently turn and feed it all the way in. Use the spoon to hold the braid open as you go. You can also keep the racking cane inside of the copper coil to give it strength while screwing it in



This is a photo of the completed braid being held up to the light:

Horrible pic, but you get the idea.

If you get a stuck sparge, the grain bill will be the cause—not a compressed braid. Happy brewing.

__________________
shroomzofdoom is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 08:09 PM   #2
kjjohns5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Tampa
Posts: 259
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I did something similar with my SS braid. I wrapped a SS wire around a pencil and inserted into my braid. Good pics

__________________
kjjohns5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
conpewter
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
conpewter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: East Dundee, Illinois
Posts: 5,106
Liked 40 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Works well, I just bought a SS spring from mcmaster to do a similar thing. I don't worry about green corrosion on the copper where I can't see and it didn't have to be wound or screwed into the braid.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/116/1207/=6fkeir

9663K27

3.78 each. 20" long

__________________

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." - V

Primary: Nothin
Secondary: Shady Lord RIS, Water to Barleywine, Pumpkin wine, burnt mead
Kegged: Crappy infected mild
Bottles: Apfelwein, 999 Barleywine, Oatmeal Stout, Robust Porter, Robust smoked porter, Simcoe Smash

conpewter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #4
Jawbox0
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ormond Beach, Florida
Posts: 378
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Thanks for the tip,

I haven't had a stuck sparge, but I'm considering trying this just to make the braid a little more rigid so it doesn't flop around so much when I'm stirring, cleaning, or whatever.

__________________
Jawbox0 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
shroomzofdoom
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Posts: 609
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by conpewter View Post
Works well, I just bought a SS spring from mcmaster to do a similar thing. I don't worry about green corrosion on the copper where I can't see and it didn't have to be wound or screwed into the braid.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/116/1207/=6fkeir

9663K27

3.78 each. 20" long
Once again, McMaster to the rescue. AWESOME info, I think I'll be ordering these.
__________________
shroomzofdoom is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 09:38 PM   #6
Parkinson1963
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 91
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I use a SS braid I obtained from a front brake line for a Chrysler. Heavy duty, very stiff and almost impossible to flatten.

__________________

Parkinson's Law of Beer "Thirst increases in proportion to the amount of beer available"

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/biab...n-make-240401/

Parkinson1963 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
RDWHAHB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Denver
Posts: 834
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

What in the heck are you'all doing in your MLT to crush the braids??

__________________
RDWHAHB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2010, 10:53 PM   #8
ghart999
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Denver
Posts: 542
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RDWHAHB View Post
What in the heck are you'all doing in your MLT to crush the braids??
I wonder too. I have been using a stainless braid forever and never had issues like this. I've put 38 lbs of grain in my 48 quart cooler with no issues.
__________________
ghart999 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2010, 12:09 AM   #9
EO74
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EO74's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: rockland mass
Posts: 312
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghart999 View Post
I wonder too. I have been using a stainless braid forever and never had issues like this. I've put 38 lbs of grain in my 48 quart cooler with no issues.
Sometimes stiring the mash will lift the whole braid or crush it.I put 3/8 drilled copper tubing it mine, it dosnt float anymore
__________________
EO74 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2010, 12:16 PM   #10
shroomzofdoom
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Posts: 609
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Not all braids are created equal. Some crush with just a pound or two of force. On my first 'wet run' I displaced a floating braid with aggressive stirring and it was kinked.

Since I recycled the braids, cooler, and CPVC--I was going for the $3 mashtun idea by adding the copper coils.

__________________
shroomzofdoom is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Easy carboy cooling method ColoradoBill Fermentation & Yeast 7 10-06-2009 02:24 AM
SS Braids SugarJohnson Equipment/Sanitation 1 05-18-2009 10:36 PM
An easy one for you all - explain method of taking a hydrometer reading snailsongs Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 01-13-2009 06:07 PM
Another Easy Aeration Method.... Schlenkerla General Techniques 18 06-16-2008 07:12 PM
Why SS braids?? The Pol Equipment/Sanitation 2 02-25-2007 10:00 PM