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Old 01-08-2010, 05:22 AM   #1
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i did my first all grain today and everything went well except for the fact that my braid in my mash tun was floating in the middle. the wort seemed to drain fine but is this a problem? does this happen to anyone else?


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Old 01-08-2010, 05:34 AM   #2
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Mine does the same. The first few times I tried to push it back down, but it started getting crushed in a couple of spots and I decided not to worry about it since it seems to work fine. I thought about bracketing it to the bottom of the cooler, but decided against it. The stainless braid seems less and less permanent though - I'll probably build a manifold eventually. All that said, I haven't had any lauter efficiency issues with batch sparging and the stainless braid.


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Old 01-08-2010, 05:35 AM   #3
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I used a quick tie to connect a large brass nut to the end of my braid. That keeps it from floating.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:37 AM   #4
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Try running some water out your valve before adding your grain. It is just full of air.

Adding a brass nut (as suggested above) also makes it very difficult to float.
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I also put a length of copper tube inside the braid to prevent crushing. I bent it to fit the bottom of my cooler better an cut a bunch of slots with a hacksaw. It's working well so far, 6 batches later.
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I used a brass end and a hose clamp. No more floating
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I've never had this problem, why would stainless steel float in water?
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I also put a length of copper tube inside the braid to prevent crushing. I bent it to fit the bottom of my cooler better an cut a bunch of slots with a hacksaw. It's working well so far, 6 batches later.
Like this . . .






Yeah, I bent it a little more after the first pictures to make it fit the tun better.
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I used a quick tie to connect a large brass nut to the end of my braid. That keeps it from floating.
+1. And mine drained better after I did that. Better suction, I suppose.
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Like this . . .
I really like this approach. You get all the benefits of both a braid and a manifold, but it is still cheap and easy to manufacture. Best of both worlds with almost none of the disadvantages.


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