Mash Tun Blues

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30CenturyMan

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Hello all, I've been a homebrewer for about two years now and have about a dozen extract batches under my belt, but recently, I've been bit by the AG bug. I crawled around the internet and found that a mash tun can be easily made from a cooler with a valve replacement and stainless steel mesh. I went out and bought all the components and today, I attempted my first AG batch. I thought everything was going well until it was time to drain the initial strike - when I opened the valve, barely a trickle came out. After messing around for around an hour, I decided to just dump the batch and strain the grains with a colander. Could somebody clue me in as to why I'm getting such a low flow? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Might you have an imposter stainless braid? Some braided lines are actually plastic yet appear like the stainless ones. The plastic look alikes have been known to cause problems.
 

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he may be talking about a stainless steel mesh similar to a window screen for the false bottom as opposed to a braid. pictures or better description are needed.
 

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he may be talking about a stainless steel mesh similar to a window screen for the false bottom as opposed to a braid. pictures or better description are needed.
like maybe a DIY bazooka screen or something...

definitely need more details or a photo.
 

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