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Old 03-29-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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I inherited a few ” 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.

 
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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I did something similar with my SS braid. I wrapped a SS wire around a pencil and inserted into my braid. Good pics

 
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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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

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Old 03-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #4
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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.

 
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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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.

 
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:38 PM   #6
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I use a SS braid I obtained from a front brake line for a Chrysler. Heavy duty, very stiff and almost impossible to flatten.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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What in the heck are you'all doing in your MLT to crush the braids??

 
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:53 PM   #8
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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.

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:09 AM   #9
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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

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:16 PM   #10
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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.

 
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