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Old 03-19-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default How to keep braid from floating?

I've seen some posts on this forum in the past showing how to keep a SS Braid from floating, but can't seem to find them. If anybody can post the links, I would appreciate it.

Does a floating braid really have a big effect on efficiency?


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Old 03-19-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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I use a "T" fitting with a barb on each side. No floating braids here!






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Old 03-19-2007, 02:03 PM   #3
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I don't have pictures, but what I did was attach a 3/8" barbed nipple to the other end of the braid, then used a threaded cap on the end of that. The braid stays put nicely.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:06 PM   #4
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off subject...

I just did my first partial last night and was wondering on the cleaning process for my mash/lauter tun. Do I need to take everything apart and wash it or just run hot water through it a few time?
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I cemented a little block of acrylic to the far side of the cooler so that I could screw in a little plastic cable clamp to hold the braid. You have to be careful you don't snag it too hard with your mash paddle though. I stretched my braid out quite a bit one, but luckily it was easy to form back to normal.
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Here's another solution (and a thread with some other ideas)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=25025
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I coiled a length of copper wire to look like a spring and inserted this into my braid.
The extra weight holds the braid down and the coil strenghtens the braid.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:07 PM   #8
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I coiled a length of copper wire to look like a spring and inserted this into my braid.
The extra weight holds the braid down and the coil strenghtens the braid.
Copper wire can be found at a Lowes/HD I take it? Liek copper electrical wiring? Good idea!
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Here's a couple more:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=22472
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I did come across the thread where the acrylic was afixed to the inside of the cooler and the braid was clamped to it.

What type of acrylic do you believe was used? Is it food grade, rated for high temps., and safe for the mash?


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