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Old 03-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #2511
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Got the braid off. Is it normal for it to be so floppy? I guess I was expecting it to be more rigid.
I put a silicone tube inside and notched out sections


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Old 03-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #2512
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I built one of these a year or two ago according to FlyGuy's instructions, so thanks.

However, I was having a problem with stuck sparges, so I bought a kettlescreen and a 3/8" coupler. It worked like a charm. The kettle screen is much more rigid than the braid, and just a few dollars more expensive compared to the braid and other hardware. It's also easier to put together.


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Old 03-19-2013, 10:26 PM   #2513
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I tried to go through the whole thread but failed. I just wanted to mention that HD does have SS 5/8 washers. You have to buy a pack of fittings (washers,nuts,lock washers) to get em. I just built my MLT today and that is what I did. I will warn you that they only work for the inside. They don't quite fit around the none threaded part of the insert that travels through the cooler.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:55 PM   #2514
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Built mine 2 weeks ago

Total parts including cooler came to $83.23 including tax from Home Depot in IL. had to spend a little extra on the SS washers as they only come in create a bolt packs out here...but over all everything went smooth.

Had to trim the outside of the cooler a little to have the SS washer fit flush against it but nothing bad at all and you cant even see it now that the ball valve is installed.

3 all grain batches later and no stuck sparge (except for one issue that was all my fault not the design of this tun)
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #2515
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I put a silicone tube inside and notched out sections
LOL tried this with the orginal hose that came in the braid...took it out of the braid notched it and put it back in...BAD IDEA it was stuck the first batch...the braid will be fine by itself even though it seems "Floppy"
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Get a piece of 14 or 12 gauge copper ground wire and wrap it around a pen or thin pipe. Remove it and then stretch it out some and put it inside your braid. No more floppy braid.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:16 AM   #2517
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LOL tried this with the orginal hose that came in the braid...took it out of the braid notched it and put it back in...BAD IDEA it was stuck the first batch...the braid will be fine by itself even though it seems "Floppy"
I did the same thing (sort of)

I made my tun with a larger braid, the size for a water heater, assuming that bigger was better. After about 2 batches, I got a stuck mash and sparge twice in a row, so I changed the braid to the original braid.

I thought that it would be a good idea to drill holes in the plastic hose and reinsert it.

Bad move.

I ended up with a stuck mash on my first batch with it.

I took the plastic out and never had any other problems with it, even when the braid got all beat up.

I use a false bottom now because I thought I wanted to fly sparge (I'm back to batch sparging), but if I was going to build one now, I would follow the original build as built by Flyguy.
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Get a piece of 14 or 12 gauge copper ground wire and wrap it around a pen or thin pipe. Remove it and then stretch it out some and put it inside your braid. No more floppy braid.
Fixing a "floppy" braid is just in peoples heads...the braid works fine without any support..if you get a stuck sparge you are most likely opening the valve too fast is all
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I still have not done an AG bit I got everything to make a copper manifold and will make it next week while on holiday. Ball valve has been installed for awhile now. Still need a larger kettle.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #2520
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Just built this today and I currently have water sitting in it to check for leaks, so far so good. Can't wait to use it. Thanks for this great build, saved me money for more equipment or ingredients. Cheers!


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