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View Poll Results: Which do you use in your mash tun?
False bottom 26 34.67%
Steel Braid 43 57.33%
Other 6 8.00%
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:13 AM   #1
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Mar 2010
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Just curious what you guys are using in your mash tuns? I have a 10G Rubbermaid cooler that I'm using for my mash tun. I had originally bought a false bottom for it from Northern Brewer I believe. It's okay, but still seems to let a lot of stuff through. Recently, I just bought a stainless steel braid from Bargain Fittings and I think I like it a lot better. It doesn't let nearly as much stuff through, and I still get lots of flow from it. Just curious what you guys prefer? Do you use something other than a false bottom or steel braid?

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Old 07-22-2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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I batch sparge. I use an 18" SS water heater braid (3/4" diameter) that I got from Menards for $8. It works very well at filtering out the small particles from the mash and is strong enough to not get crushed under heavy grain loads. I use it in a 70 qt. Coleman Xtreme cooler. I had read about issues with floating with braids, so I clamped a 1/2" SS bolt to the open end. It provides enough weight to keep the braid at the bottom and also serves to plug the open end.

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Old 07-22-2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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If you batch sparge, braid. If you fly sparge, manifold.

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Old 07-22-2011, 01:15 PM   #4
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Jaybird manifold for my keg MLT. I love it. It might let more material through than the braid or bazooka screen, but if you vorlauf with a pump it will run clear very quickly.

The braid might not crush from the weight of the grain, but I had 2 problems with it crushing 1) while stirring my mash with a big paddle, and 2) when dumping the grains.

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Old 07-22-2011, 01:23 PM   #5
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Apr 2008
Greer, SC
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I have a 10 gal Rubbermaid Cooler also. I use a stainless steel braid from a hot water heater line attached to a brass T fitting. Works very well.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #6
Sep 2010
Lincoln, NE, Nebraska
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I have a slotted manifold made from CPVC. Works great, and easy to take apart and clean.

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Old 07-22-2011, 03:30 PM   #7
Oct 2010
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Slotted copper manifold for both my 10 and 5 gallon coolers. I set up the SS braid my first all grain and had a stuck mash, farking nightmare.

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Old 07-22-2011, 03:45 PM   #8
Aug 2009
Johnson Creek, WI
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I had slotted CPVC and moved to SS braid when I got my new 5G igloo cooler. It is the bomb! I vorlauf a quart or two and the wort is crystal clear plus it never clogs. Recently made an all Amarillo hops american wheat with 60% wheat, no rice hulls, and she took it like a champ.

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #9
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My old cooler MLT had a braid that worked great for batch sparging. When I was building my bottom drain keggle MLT I came across some perforated SS in a scrap pile and decided to make a false bottom. It's nice to not need to worry about smashing the braid when doughing in, and now I also have the option to fly sparge without channeling issues. Even though I love my FB, I think the braid is a great way to make a MLT for batch sparging cheaply, quickly, and easily.

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:56 PM   #10
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I bought a false bottom to replace my braid in a 10 gallon round cooler MT. My efficiency went up and frustration down. Best upgrade to date and worth every bit of the $50. Probably could be done cheaper DIY with material from McMaster Carr.

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