Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > s/s braid for mash tun
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
brewyourown4life
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: waterloo, IA
Posts: 168
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default s/s braid for mash tun

I'm getting ready to build my mash tun, i plan on using a s/s braid but was wondering if you just attach the braid as is {nothing inside it} or as i have seen in a few vids, insert a small coil of copper wire to make it more rigid and hold it's shape? i plan on batch sparging and am going to use a rectangle 54 qt cooler if it matters.


brewyourown4life is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
DrawTap88
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Joliet, IL
Posts: 1,075
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

Depends on how rigid/stiff your braid is. Most of them are fairly stiff (even without the hose on the inside), but some collapse. Since you're going to be using a square cooler the mash is going to be putting less pressure on the braid, because the mash will be so spread out, you'll more than likely be fine with using only the braid without any wire.


__________________
Fermenting: Nothing
Secondary: Nothing
Bottled: Oatmeal Porter, Double Chocolate Chipotle Porter
Kegged: IPA, Red Rye
DrawTap88 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
TheMan
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 24 reviews
 
TheMan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,030
Liked 338 Times on 250 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Mine is fine without reinforcement. It's very rigid on its own.
TheMan is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:33 PM   #4
maida7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 2,824
Liked 46 Times on 39 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheMan View Post
Mine is fine without reinforcement. It's very rigid on its own.
She said the same thing about mine!

Usually the braid is fine on it's own. Just don't twist it up when stiring. Definitely remove the rubber hose from inside the braid. The standard braids work fine. There is also a giant water heater size braid that may be stronger.
maida7 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
KevinW
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Gladstone Oregon, Oregon
Posts: 1,132
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have a 5 gallon cylindrical mash tun and I have had no issues with my braid. I have noticed that if you stretch the braid it opens up more and could make the structure less rigid so I don't stretch mine out.

I guess it would be easy to put a piece of copper tubing with a bunch of holes drilled in it to prevent the braid from getting squished! Hmmm, I never thought about that, now I have something to do this weekend! LOL
__________________
I don't drink beer all the time but I can drink (a) beer anytime" - Me
KevinW is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:48 PM   #6
BendBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bend, Oregon
Posts: 3,169
Liked 75 Times on 58 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinW View Post
I have a 5 gallon cylindrical mash tun and I have had no issues with my braid. I have noticed that if you stretch the braid it opens up more and could make the structure less rigid so I don't stretch mine out.

I guess it would be easy to put a piece of copper tubing with a bunch of holes drilled in it to prevent the braid from getting squished! Hmmm, I never thought about that, now I have something to do this weekend! LOL
As long as you are drilling copper you might as well make a manifold and throw the braid thing away.
BendBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 07:07 PM   #7
BeerIsDelicious
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Deltona, FL
Posts: 25
Default

I had a SS braid on my cooler mash tun for 5 brews, and the problems i found were that its easy to dent the braid with your mash paddle and when you stir in your grains, the braid can get mixed up as well and come up off the bottom of the cooler. Just this week I went to the hardware store and bought some 1/2" cpvc to build a manifold. It cost me all of 9 dollars and it took me about 15 minutes to build. I am using it on Saturday, but it looks like it will be much more efficient, and it's much more rigid than the SS braid. I think the manifold is the way to go!
BeerIsDelicious is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
BendBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bend, Oregon
Posts: 3,169
Liked 75 Times on 58 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
but it looks like it will be much more efficient
It will be much more consistent.
BendBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 08:35 PM   #9
miafunk2003
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 134
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I bought a bazooka tube for my 50qt Coleman rectangular from Northern brewer and it workedmamazing for my firstvall grain I did last Sunday .


miafunk2003 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SS Braid sgillespie All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 09-29-2010 04:58 PM
Hose Braid Came Loose in Mash Rundownhouse All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 07-20-2010 09:06 PM
braid diameter nchomebrew All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 14 05-14-2008 06:08 PM
How to keep braid from floating? davarm All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 18 03-30-2007 12:10 AM
MLT with SS braid help clayof2day All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 02-20-2006 02:00 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS