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Old 09-12-2012, 02:22 AM   #41
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I use a braid and took a piece of copper tubing with a ton of slits cut through it and used that for the inside support. It works great. I also use a rectangular cooler. My braid is a straight piece. Have been hitting the mid 80's for pre-boil



 
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:29 PM   #42
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I'm mystified why you need internal support. I've used up to 75 lb. of grain with my braid and it worked fine. Did you try it without the tube?


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Old 09-12-2012, 11:44 PM   #43
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I'm mystified why you need internal support. I've used up to 75 lb. of grain with my braid and it worked fine. Did you try it without the tube?
Yeah the only time i needed support was when I recirculated way too fast.

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:49 PM   #44
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I'm mystified why you need internal support. I've used up to 75 lb. of grain with my braid and it worked fine. Did you try it without the tube?
Haven't tried without but since it's in their already it just gives me piece of mind.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #45
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Haven't tried without but since it's in their already it just gives me piece of mind.
I guess I'm the type of person who waits to solve a problem until I actually have a problem!
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:26 PM   #46
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75lbs of grain? How many gallons of beer do you make at one time and how long does that take from start to finish

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #47
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I started using braid from a toilet supply and after about a dozen mashes it started getting beat up from stirring the mash. I switched to a copper manifold and I have been much happier with it. It was inexpensive and easy. I got good efficiency and I have never had a stuck sparge with it. Just my two cents.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:17 PM   #48
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75lbs of grain? How many gallons of beer do you make at one time and how long does that take from start to finish
For my once a year barleywine brew. We do 10 gal. of a 1.100+ BW and 12 gal. of a 1.060ish second runnings beer.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #49
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I started using braid from a toilet supply and after about a dozen mashes it started getting beat up from stirring the mash. I switched to a copper manifold and I have been much happier with it. It was inexpensive and easy. I got good efficiency and I have never had a stuck sparge with it. Just my two cents.
My braid is beat to hell. Looks ugly but still works great.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:06 AM   #50
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Fresh question. Moving to all grain setup. I have a Home Depot 10 gallon cooler to convert. The last partial mash I did, I realized I had a 1lb bag of unmilled grain; completely slipped through the cracks when I had the home brew store mill the other grains. Unfortunately, it was Sunday morning, the home brew store was closed, and the wife already had the kids out of the house to let me brew. With no way to mill, I panicked and bought a Kitchen Aid mill from Williams Sonoma for like $140.00.


The mill is built for making your own flour, so the coarsest setting grinds the grains up pretty fine. The end result was a thick sludge in my wort. After it cooled, I siphoned it through a hop bag into the carboy before pitching yeast.

But back to my question. If I'm going to have grain that is milled a little finer than usual, what set-up is best? I don't care if I end up fly or batch sparging. I more worried that way too much sediment will make it through a false bottom, or the fine sediment will clog a braided hose quickly.

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