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Old 08-29-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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So heres what I was just thinking about and am not sure if it would work. I plan to make a mash tun soon using Don Osborn's design http://www.donosborn.com/homebrew/mashtun.htm

I was wondering if it would be possible to put 2 more stainless braids in there to help drainage and maybe prevent channeling. I would find an "X" fitting that would work and use that as the first fitting inside the cooler attaching the to the hose, the middle braid, and 2 extensions that lead to the other 2 braids. I was also thinking i may need to design something to keep their spacing and place in the cooler but wasnt sure if that would work or be practical to come up with.

Maybe i was just over thinkging this but i have never seen anyone do this, maybe there is a good reason. All advice and information is helpful and appreciated, Thanks!

Here is a quick mock up of what i am thinking, the green is the X fitting and extensions, the gray is the braids

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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also, if anyone has done this what has your experience been with efficiency

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would this help with not getting a stuck sparge since there are 3 channels to filter or would this increase a chance of stuck sparge?

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My totally uneducated opinion is that 3 braided tubes wont help you much, as they're all still feeding into one hose. You can only push so much wort through it at a time. If you're really in a hurry, you could have three hoses coming off I suppose, but what's the rush! As far as stuck sparges....love the rice hulls my friend!

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It wouldn't help with a stuck mash, but it should speed up a slow runoff. Most likely if it clogs one braid, the others will follow suit.

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Looks pointless. Great thing about braid is how simple it it. I average about 72% with a braid in a cooler. Only reason mash would get stuck is user error. If you run off slowly at first to set the grain bed, you won't stick the mash. I don't even have a valve, just a white hose clip. I've recently done brews with 40-50% raw wheat with no problem. The turbid mash I did did get stuck during the sparge, probably because my corona mill makes a lot of flour. I just scraped the gummy junk off the top without disturbing grain bed and finished lautering, no problem.

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thanks for the advice. I guess the idea wasnt really to speed things up but get as much out of possible. It probably is overkill which is why i havent seen one done like this yet haha. I had the idea so i thought id ask, thanks for the help

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From my experience, I have had nothing but problems with those flimsy braids. They are so hard to work with after you do your first batch because they bend and torque all around and can't get them to go back to their original form.

IMO, the better route to go would be the CPVC/PVC manifold with slits cut in them or buy one of the stronger grade braids at the homebrew store.

I'm assuming since you have such a large cooler for your mash tun, that you'll be doing 10+ gal batches. I would not want to get a stuck sparge doing those size batches.

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From my experience, I have had nothing but problems with those flimsy braids. They are so hard to work with after you do your first batch because they bend and torque all around and can't get them to go back to their original form.

IMO, the better route to go would be the CPVC/PVC manifold with slits cut in them or buy one of the stronger grade braids at the homebrew store.

I'm assuming since you have such a large cooler for your mash tun, that you'll be doing 10+ gal batches. I would not want to get a stuck sparge doing those size batches.
yeah ill be getting a 70 or 100 qt cooler so i can do high gravity 10 gal batches. Im thinking i may just get a bazooka screen instead of the braid. I also thought about a CPVC manifold but that might be an upgrade i do in the future. Why are slits made instead of holes on the manifolds? would it make a difference if you drilled a lot of tiny holes instead of slits?
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