Braided supply hose or copper - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Braided supply hose or copper

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-10-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
John Long
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Olympia, WA
Posts: 94


My current MLT is a small cooler using a copper drain manifold. I'm looking to upgrade but I'm not sure whether to build one with a braided stainless steel supply hose or use copper again.

What are some pro's and con's of each?

Thanks for the help!



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
Denny
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jun 2005
Eugene, OR
Posts: 4,675
Liked 608 Times on 438 Posts


Braid is cheap, easy, and in my experience, clears the wort more quickly than a manifold.


__________________
Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

http://www.experimentalbrew.com - "Homebrew All Stars" now shipping!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #3
BubbaK
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 192

I had trouble with my stainless steel braid. I have got some odd ball stuff around work, and I was able to come up with a piece of copper screening and a 1/2"diameter spring. I stretched the sprind so there was a few gaps between the coils. I then wrapped the copper screen around the spring to give it support. I folded over the open end and crimped it closed. The other end went on a hose barb and fastened with a worm clamp. I used it yesterday, and got barely any sediment even in the first open of the valve..
__________________
Kick The Can Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 05:13 PM   #4
Edcculus
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Greenville, SC
Posts: 4,546
Liked 48 Times on 45 Posts


I tried a braid on 2 batches when I first built my MLT. Both got stuck. I built a manifold out of CPVC and haven't looked back.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 05:23 PM   #5
Homercidal
Licensed Sensual Massage Therapist.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Reed City, MI
Posts: 30,341
Liked 4672 Times on 3149 Posts


I used copper for my manifold and it has worked flawlessly. I have not used anything else, so I really can't offer any comments about the other styles.
__________________
What year is this?
It's the Viking age.
That explains the Laser Raptors! F***! I went back in time too far! - Kung Fury

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
dfohio
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Columbus, OH
Posts: 230
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I've read some don't like this design, but I use a straight pipe copper manifold with a braid over it. Zero stuck sparges, sediment is non existent, it stays on the bottom, and is very sturdy. I'm batch sparging though.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 05:32 PM   #7
Whiskey
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Granville, Ohio
Posts: 717
Liked 13 Times on 10 Posts


Circular 1/2 SS braid, zero stuck sparge, even with a 50% wheat Weizen recipe with no rice hulls.
__________________
Insert catchy signature here....


 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,149
Liked 1622 Times on 1050 Posts


People who have stuck sparges with a braid need to be beaten over the head with the faux stainless plastic braid they bought. Just kidding. I know there are people who actually have stuck sparges with braids but I still have a hard time believing it.
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
CaptYesterday
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Cleveland
Posts: 160

I've gotta cast my vote for copper. It's a PITA to cut the slots (hacksaw) but it's worked flawlessly every time. I did Ed's Hefe with no rice hulls and the wort flowed perfectly.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #10
Beerrific
 
Beerrific's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Georgia
Posts: 5,562
Liked 54 Times on 46 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
People who have stuck sparges with a braid need to be beaten over the head with the faux stainless plastic braid they bought. Just kidding. I know there are people who actually have stuck sparges with braids but I still have a hard time believing it.
I have had the same SS braid for over 2 years. Brewed countless batches, 60% wheat beers, wits, beers with considerable amounts of flaked barley....no problems. Sometimes the run-off is slow, never stuck.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stainless Braided hose issue BubbaK All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 08-06-2009 10:30 PM
Braided hose or Manifold? Which is better? Beavdowg All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 45 05-25-2009 05:18 PM
Braided Hose trubador All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11 05-09-2007 08:11 PM
SS braided hose abracadabra All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 19 01-31-2007 03:59 PM
Stainless Braided hose covers Truble Equipment/Sanitation 10 09-16-2006 06:45 AM


Forum Jump