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Old 09-29-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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While brewing yesterday I got a stuck mash. After about a gallon came out the well appears to run dry. Of course it was not. I ended up having to use my mash paddle to rub back and forth on the braiding to get my mash liquid out.

End result, the steel braiding is ruined. I now need to replace it. I do not want to go back to braiding.

I am using an upright cooler. My LABS sells a mesh attachment that will do the job but I am thinking of either making a PVC or Cooper manifold.

What are your thoughts and successes?


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Old 09-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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There are lots of successful manifold builds documented here. Either copper or CPVC work quite well. Check out Palmer's book http://www.howtobrew.com for some design ideas.


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I made an octagon shaped cpvc manifold, modeled after one i saw in another thread, and it works great. I wouldn't go back to the braid.
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If you get a stuck mash, pump water into the outlet valve of the tun. The force will open whatever jigger you use for a strainer.
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I am using a round keg--with a single loop of soft copper w/hacksaw cuts on the bottom. It has never stuck.
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Do you know what caused the stuck mash?
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This one works great, 1/2" copper. I used this for my 5 gallon cooler, I actually recently made a larger one for a 10 gallon round cooler. I've never had a stuck sparge except for a wheat I did (I know add rice hulls to do a wheat). After reading Palmer's book, I wanted a design that would create the shortest path for the wort at various points all over the bottom. I have to admit, it takes some work. I saw a 12" false bottom at my LHBS for $40 which might be nice too.

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Jay bird who is on this forum alot can also assist in a false bottom that is hinged and has a dip tube and I have not heard of any stuck mashes that way. I use a stainless false bottom with dip tube and it works fine. I have had to stir the mash once in a while mainly with wheat and rice hulls can help alot with flow.
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@Andrew, the braid was already showing signs of crushing but it was pumpkin that did it in. I used a ton of rice hulks but the braiding was already going bad.


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