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Old 12-30-2008, 06:47 PM   #1
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So I just got a new stainless false bottom for my cooler mash tun for xmas. I've used a braid in the cooler with batch sparges since I've been doing all-grain and I'm curious if anybody has used both and what difference I'm likely to see. I want to continue doing batch sparges I think.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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I have used both the braid and the false bottom. The only difference I found is that the false bottom does not get beaten up by stirring the mash.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:22 PM   #4
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False bottoms are much easier to clean and maintain and they do not get a stuck mash as easy as braded stainless.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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I would beg to differ on that one. Two things I noticed when I switched to a false bottom. It takes more vorlauf time to get clear wort and even then, a few husks work though here and there. It also runs slower because kernels of grain can plug up whole holes. I've never had a stuck sparge with a braid but I have had one with a false bottom (a 15" diameter one no less). Cleaning it requires a brush to get aforementioned kernels to dislodge from the holes. I use to just hose off the braid.

They both work, but now I use rice hulls if I'm nearing 50% wheat.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:00 PM   #6
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False bottoms are much easier to clean and maintain and they do not get a stuck mash as easy as braded stainless.
That is exactly the opposite of my experience.
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:40 AM   #7
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I knew I would get hammered on this one. Oh well. Commercial breweries all use false bottoms.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:02 AM   #8
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I just switched from a false bottom to a SS braid and I was very impressed with the clarity I got from the braid. With my false bottom my first runnings were always very cloudy and took several cycles to clear it up and even then it wouldn't get very clear. With the braid it was clear right from the start.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:53 AM   #9
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I am thinking of switching from false bottom to braid. 3 of my 4 sparges have stuck and I have been careful to try avoiding the common pitfalls on the web that I have read about.

I have a 10 gallon Gott style cooler, any recommendations on braid or any one from a home brew retailer will do?
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:03 AM   #10
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Well, when I finally get a chance to use my false bottom, I'll report back whether or not it was a good move.

Thanks for the feedback!
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