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Old 06-01-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default bigger braid for 10 gal ?

Have decided to get bacy to AG brewing.

took valve/spigot setup out of the 5 gallon victor cooler, and installed in 10G rectangular red rubbermaid (10 gallon I guess)

do I need a longer braid, or can I keep the one that was in the 5 gal victory round cooler?


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Old 06-01-2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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I would think the braid needs to run the length of the cooler. If it is too short you may want to buy a new one.


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Old 06-01-2009, 01:47 AM   #3
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If it were me, I'd go with a longer one that is as long as your cooler. If anything just to be sure you're not leaving too much behind.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:57 AM   #4
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Ok, I'll buck popular opinion...for batch sparging...braid length is not critical...most of the wort takes the path of least resistance and passes through the braid w/in the first several inches of the bulkhead.

Sure, your friends in the locker room may chuckle at your short braid...but it will do the job all the same.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:10 AM   #5
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No longer then the cooler circumference. When I first built my system, I was under the impression that bigger was better, but it was not true. A longer braid was not better. It just got tangled.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:44 PM   #6
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I use the same Phil false bottom from my 5 gal round in my 10 gal rectangle. Same efficacy as before.
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The braid doesn't need to be as big as the cooler. It will just get banged around more.
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Ok, I'll buck popular opinion...for batch sparging...braid length is not critical...most of the wort takes the path of least resistance and passes through the braid w/in the first several inches of the bulkhead.

Sure, your friends in the locker room may chuckle at your short braid...but it will do the job all the same.
You're absolutely correct. I've experimented with braids from 3" tp several feet and found no difference in performance. You can prove it this way....putasome water in your cooler and start letting it run off. While it's running, lift up the end of the braid farthest from the drain. You won't see any difference in runoff speed til the braid is almost completely out of the water.
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OK - VERY helpful ... I have original braid in place, and will chisten the new unit with Ed Wort's Pale Ale.

BTW - I picked up an extra braid at Wally World today --can't tell if thhe supply line is braided w/SS or plastic ///

Does it matter ??
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Yes a plastic braid will collapse under the weight of the grains. You should be able to tell the difference if you look close enough. If it was shockingly cheap it was probably a plastic braid.


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