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Old 03-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Round cooler with braid.....

So I have two mash tuns. My good dependable rectangular cooler with a bazooka tube, which gave me no problems other than temperature control...even with preheating. My best friend and I put together his round MLT before Christmas, and I loved how it did not lose even a degree over a 90 minute mash.
Flash Foward.
I bought the same 10 gallon cooler and followed FlyGuy's build, except for a rounded braid. The MLT worked great the first time I used it. Since then I have had four stuck sparges. I have a 1/2 inch braid with tubing inside of it with holes cut into it to allow drainage. Now I am looking for new manifold ideas as I am about ready to throw this cooler up in the air and pump it full of geese shot from a shot gun.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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take the tubing out, problem solved.


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Old 03-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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false bottom.

You could also get a bazooka screen, which goes by other names, which is just a very solid braid, more or less uncrushable.

I went through your pain, got the bazooka, got a keggle and false bottom and now am resting in a state of nirvana.
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I have almost the exact same build - 10 gallon round cooler with circular braid and thermally insulated tubing with holes cut.

It always gave me stuck sparges until late last year. Inexplicably it started lautering faster, but giving me massive efficiency losses.
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I have used a braid for 4 years with no stuck sparge. I do not have a tube inside of it. Not sure why you would need one. I bet that's your problem.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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I have used a braid for 4 years with no stuck sparge. I do not have a tube inside of it. Not sure why you would need one. I bet that's your problem.
Probably, I am just frustrated because I have taken the thing apart twice. Maybe I will try a new braid without the tubing. If it comes back to the last resort I will get a couple of bazooka tubes and make something of it.
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I used this braid from a 3/4 inch water heater supply line. Home Depot ~$12


It goes most of the way across and slipped over the nipple on the inside and is hose clamped on.

I got this cooler valve kit from Northern Brewer:


I have not even come close to a stuck sparge.

Oh damn! I just jinxed myself again!
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #8
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False bottom. I had nothing but issues with the stainless steel braid.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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1+ on removing the inner tubing. I do 35 gallons with a stainless hose braid. I use about 36" ow water heater hose braid.
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I have never stuck a sparge with my braid, my oatmeal stout uses 1.5# of oatmeal, and 1.33 qt per gallon. I think thats a pretty sticky mash and if anything were to get stuck it would.

Just sparge / lauter slowly and take the tube out, the braid stops all the husk...


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