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Old 04-05-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Mash Tun Filter Choice?

I have about 10 extract batches under my belt and I think it's the right time to make the switch to all-grain. Problem is, it seems like everyone is recommending something different in how you build the mash tun.

I see different types of filters being mentioned - false bottom, braided stainless steel, high temp PVC, etc etc. How do you choose which of these is best? Does it matter?

I'm planning on using a Coleman Xtreme 50 qt rectangular cooler, it seems like those are popular.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Xt...ooler/14574676


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Old 04-05-2012, 12:12 AM   #2
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Same boat as you. I just jumped in, chose one and see how it goes.


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Old 04-05-2012, 12:40 AM   #3
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The sparge method you choose will dictate this for you (to a degree). Look at Denny Conn's site (http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/). I expect you'll end up doing a batch sparge - braided stainless or a bazooka will work well.

Keep in mind preferences (like mine above) are often based on what the brewer uses and not everything that we have tried.

Good luck.
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I have the braided steel filter. It works great for me (I have only done 3 AG batches). The first time I did an AG batch the braided steel was not secured properly and came off, it was a huge pain in the a$$. If you build it correctly it works great though.
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I can't say I'm too familiar with fly sparging, just watched a video on it, but it seems like most people do batch sparging?
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To be honest, it really doesn't matter. Most of the time, cost and ease of use are the prime factors in choosing a false bottom/manifold/braid.

If you're fly sparging, you'll probably want a false bottom, since you want to avoid channelling and a false bottom covers the bottom well and helps with that. But otherwise, it doesn't matter.
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I have 2 set ups, one with a false bottom when I fly sparge and one with a cpvc manifold when I batch sparge. I do get better effeciancy when I fly sparge if that helps ya decide.


false bottom= fly sparging
manifold, bazooka tube, braid= batch sparge
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I use two different setups if I'm doing a single step infusion I tend to use a 10 gallon igloo with a false bottom. I've had very little issues with stuck sparges etc. with this setup. My other is a 10 gallon mega pot with a bazooka tube I find easier for step mashes, the bazooka tube occasionally has clogged on me but I find that is a rare event especially if I add hulls and loosen my grind up a bit as well as add a .5 lb more base to compensate for efficiency.
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Only have 2 AG brews under my belt, but I use a stainless braid and built my tun following the instructions here: http://www.donosborn.com/homebrew/mashtun.htm. I am all about econo brewing and this was cheap and easy. I batch sparge and have been getting 70% efficiency. The stainless braid works great.
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Or you can try BIAB if you have a big enough pot. That's what I did and it wasn't very complicated at all, just make sure you have a good thermometer.


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