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Old 12-03-2010, 12:13 AM   #1361
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Found a stainless braid and all stainless (including screws) clamps at home depot. Got it all set up and it works great. Now to test it with grain.

P.S.--That ****in braid was a pain in the ass. I was bleeding and it took like 5-10 minutes to get the support out of it (the plastic thingy).
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:33 PM   #1362
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So you're using the braid as a filter on your MLT, not the old false bottom?

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:25 PM   #1363
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So you're using the braid as a filter on your MLT, noot the old false bottom?
Yes, much cheaper and many have had success. There seems to be a ton of people complaining about stuck sparges with false bottoms and many who say they're the only way to go. I'm going to try fly guys design first since its cheap, easy, and works for a lot of people. If I have issues ill report back and try a manifold or false bottom.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:39 PM   #1364
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Okay, I've only read the first 77 pages, but thanks to everyone for all of their input. I ended up with a 5 gal Rubbermaid for around 10 bucks, not expecting to go AG, but couldn't pass it up. Came home, read this thread, then went and bought everything at Lowe's except the S/S washer.

I'm not handy at all and never done anything close to this, so I ended up with some leaks last night after trying various rubber washer/o-ring combos. It turns out I had an old package of "rubber hose washers" from Ace that fit perfectly and I stacked three of them on the inside behind the o-ring and the original seal. So far, so good this morning. I had previously been trying to use the big ugly stinky black rubber washers from Lowes, but these Ace washers seem to be much better suited. Hope that helps someone.

 
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:43 PM   #1365
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Instead of a manifold, why can't you make a diptube going to a valve, and line your cooler with one of the nylon paint straining bags like used for BIAB brewing? Wouldn't that allow all the grain to drain and filter?

 
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:57 PM   #1366
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That might work, but you've got to consider that the grains are meant to compact to a certain extent from the drainage. The grains in the bag would compact around the dip tube and you'd be draining from a singular point that would be very prone to a stuck sparge.
Maybe if you suspended the bag just above the dip tube as you drained, but at that point a mesh tube or manifold is way easier, durable, and proven to be successful.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #1367
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Instead of a manifold, why can't you make a diptube going to a valve, and line your cooler with one of the nylon paint straining bags like used for BIAB brewing? Wouldn't that allow all the grain to drain and filter?
Some people put a bag over their manifold.

And the Manifold is a dip tube. It's just really spread out.

 
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:54 PM   #1368
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Also, when using the singular dip tube with the bag instead of a manifold, bigger dead spots are created in which sugars get left in the mash tun.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:31 PM   #1369
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Just wanted to say "Thanks!" to FlyGuy for the excellent instructions. Got everything put together and leak free in under 20 minutes. I found the SS clamps and washers at Ace Hardware, in case that helps anyone.

 
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:16 PM   #1370
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That might work, but you've got to consider that the grains are meant to compact to a certain extent from the drainage. The grains in the bag would compact around the dip tube and you'd be draining from a singular point that would be very prone to a stuck sparge.
Maybe if you suspended the bag just above the dip tube as you drained, but at that point a mesh tube or manifold is way easier, durable, and proven to be successful.
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Some people put a bag over their manifold.

And the Manifold is a dip tube. It's just really spread out.
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Also, when using the singular dip tube with the bag instead of a manifold, bigger dead spots are created in which sugars get left in the mash tun.
Thanks - built a 5 gal. last night , with manifold - pre-heated with 1 gal boiling water for 5 mins - filled with 170 degree water - 2 hrs later no leaks and water 166 - I'm a believer!

 
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