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Old 12-19-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default braid length?

I have a 10 gallon cooler mash tin, currently using a supply line ss braid. The supply line I got seems to be too coarse of a mesh, so I want to replace it. The store I work at sells a stainless steel filter, about 4 inches long by 1 inch in diameter that looks like it would fit perfectly on the bulkhead of my cooler. It's pretty rigid, so I'm not concerned about it collapsing, but I am wondering if it's long enough.
The really nice thing is that it wouldn't have any loose wires at the end, so it would be easier to clean. Any thoughts?


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Old 12-20-2011, 12:14 AM   #2
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I think that 4 inches would be too short. It would likely result in channeling which would reduce your efficiency.


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Old 12-20-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
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so i went and actually measured it (what a novel concept, right?)
turns out it is 5.5 inches long and almost exactly 1 inch wide. it's marked 50 mesh, which is pretty fine.
worth noting as well is the fact that i batch sparge and most likely will not be stepping over to fly sparging any time soon.
here's a picture of the little beast.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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Any thoughts on the length? Is the 50 mesh too fine?
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:30 AM   #5
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If you are using a round 10 gallon cooler, than 5.5 inches would work out really well, however, if you have a square cooler than that is way too short. Not sure on the 50 mesh part.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:52 PM   #7
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If you are batch sparging, length is insignificant. That will likely work well, but sometimes too fine a mesh will clog. The grain should be doing the filtering, the mesh is just to help the grain do its job. I would tuck the stray wires back inside the open end of your braid and use it. Water heater supply braids work very well. Not sure I like the idea of a rigid braid as you have shown?? Possible damage during the mash?
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:07 PM   #8
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If you are using a round 10 gallon cooler, than 5.5 inches would work out really well, however, if you have a square cooler than that is way too short. Not sure on the 50 mesh part.
Denny has done experiments that show the length of the braid in a batch sparge doesn't matter. Why do you think this braid is too short?
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:24 AM   #9
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Looks good!

I'd use it!

BTW, how much was it?
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:33 AM   #10
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rundownhouse is right the length of the braid for batch sparging does not matter. I have brewer 15 gal. batches with a braid about 4 or 5 inches long, I had no issue with run off.


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