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Old 05-04-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
drmario47
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I have a problem with stuck runoffs lately, I have been using a false bottom screen in a 10 gallon cooler. I was wondering what is the best way to strain the wort from the grains without getting a stuck runoff when batch sparging. Does anyone have any ideas on what is the best technique to use? Copper pipe manifold, steel braided screen, or any other ideas?

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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I use a stainless steel braid and have had good luck. That said I also always add a handful of rice hulls and as a result I have never had a stuck mash.

 
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:06 PM   #3
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False bottoms are great for fly sparging. Not so much for batch sparging. If you drain too quickly, the grain bed tends to compact.

I batch sparge and use a 12 gallon cooler with a cpvc manifold.

 
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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I use a braided hose and rice hulls. Sometimes it runs off a bit slow, but I rarely have a stuck sparge, and when I do, it's very easy to fix By just stirring the grain bed and vorlaufing again.

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:11 PM   #5
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Quote:
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False bottoms are great for fly sparging. Not so much for batch sparging. If you drain too quickly, the grain bed tends to compact.

I batch sparge and use a 12 gallon cooler with a cpvc manifold.
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try opening the drain slower.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:07 PM   #6
drmario47
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Thanks everyone for the input. I may go with the braided steel hose it seems to be one of the most efficient and less likely to have a stuck runoff.

 
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:29 AM   #7
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I have used both and both have given me some issues. I'm still learning. Though now I'm giving the manifold in a bag a shot.
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