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s/s braid in boiler
« on: February 04, 2013, 08:30:16 AM »
I’m making a five foot length of s/s braid from plumbing line that I will attach to valve at bottom of my Euro 13.5 gallon boil keggle. 

The braid wraps around three times at the bottom and should sit mostly in the convex curvature at the bottom of the keg. 

My objective is to be able to drain the boiler while the s/s braid keeps the trub and hops debris in the gunk in the bottom of boiler. 

Anyone doing something like this with a s/s plumbing braid in the boiler?   I’m a little concerned the braid will clog up and stop flowing. 

I was going to Oetiker clamp it to some s/s nozzles. 

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013, 04:57:38 PM »
I made one. My experience is it got kinked &  flattened and the holes expanded...likely caused by my mishandling and poor storage and the weight of the thing with couplings joining shorter sections and fittings on the ends.  But I am not gentle with my equipment.  It now is retired to the bottom of my retired mash tun storage box.  It never did work too well with pellets.  Now I use whole hops and strain with an elbow fitting topped by a coupler with a small piece of SS scrubbie stuffed loose into the coupler.  Hope you have better luck.

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 05:17:24 PM »
If you want you could build a hop spider.  It keeps a lot of the hops particles from getting into your fermenter.  Or, use a funnel with an inline strainer.

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013, 05:58:46 PM »
I've been using the s/s scrubby for a while with great success, but it's failed me twice recently.  Just completely stopped up. 

I've also been considering using a hop sack to keep them somewhat contained.  Will likely try both on a low-hop kolsch here soon.  Thanks.
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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 02:49:40 AM »
I use the hop sack/spider sometimes too.  A lot of people use them with success but I get a drastic utilization loss.  The scrubbie plugged up once on me too.  What a pain. 10 gallons ended up over the fence.  I wrote it off that I had the scrubbie compressed too tightly.

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 04:54:17 PM »
This is my new kettle that I just finished putting together. I'm looking forward to a pale ale that ill be using it for for the first time this sat. Ill have to report back on its performance. I used a s/s braid in the bottom of my cooler mlt for the longest time. I had to put a s/s coiled wire on the inside to keep it from getting crushed, so I did the same thing in the bk just to make sure I wouldn't have any issues. I only ever use whole hops so I don't really think ill have any clogging issues. Hoppy brewing.
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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2013, 12:14:10 AM »
Well yesterday I brewed 11g pale ale. All said and done there where 6.5oz of whole hops in the kettle when I transferred to the carboys, and this is what the kettle looked like... The wort was as clear as I have ever seen it and didn't have any issues with the braid clogging or slowing.
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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2013, 02:04:08 PM »
Well yesterday I brewed 11g pale ale. All said and done there where 6.5oz of whole hops in the kettle when I transferred to the carboys, and this is what the kettle looked like... The wort was as clear as I have ever seen it and didn't have any issues with the braid clogging or slowing.

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2013, 02:19:34 PM »
Well yesterday I brewed 11g pale ale. All said and done there where 6.5oz of whole hops in the kettle when I transferred to the carboys, and this is what the kettle looked like... The wort was as clear as I have ever seen it and didn't have any issues with the braid clogging or slowing.

Very cool.  My keggle has a side dip tube that helps but I still get debris.

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2013, 02:49:28 PM »
I use a bazooka tube on my drain it works great except once it clogged but I had a rediculous amount of whole hops in a 10 gallon batch

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 06:09:41 PM »
Well, I think I learned what has made the scrubby start failing me.  Look at the difference between new and used scrubbies.  Came from same package.  I have used the original one since I adopted the idea, and it's visibly worn out and I can see light thru it, so I figure hops dust is getting inside it more easily and clogging it up.  Goodbye faithful servant.............

Also attached is the braid I put together, but I saw on a site that sells them that they say it won't work with pellets.  When I use my leaf hops again, I will try it. 




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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2013, 09:08:56 PM »
malt licker looks good, but you got some kind of bug on those photos your postin,weird nikki minaj stuff

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013, 01:50:36 AM »
Nice work on the braid.  Where did you find one that length?  What is the diameter? I had to string together several shorter ones for my attempt. I had to keep an eye on the screw on the hose clamp and replaced them often.  They must not be stainless

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2013, 01:09:52 PM »
I had a stuck mash on my bazooka once, so I built a (very ugly, sewed-it-myself) BIAB bag to line my mash tun. It's solved the problem. If I get a lot of trub through the SS scrubbie in my kettle, I rinse and sanitize my mash tun and bag, then run the wort through it to clear it up. The pouring and draining aerates the wort nicely also.

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Re: s/s braid in boiler
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2013, 07:25:38 AM »
Nice work on the braid.  Where did you find one that length?  What is the diameter? I had to keep an eye on the screw on the hose clamp and replaced them often.  They must not be stainless

I stared at the various tubing lengths at Lowe's in plumbing aisle for a while comparing $/foot.  I think I went with a dishwasher supply line that was about $13. 

I want to replace this regular hose clamp with an Oetiker clamp but didn't have that size handy. 

The end of the braid has one of those s/s racking tube screens on it.  The braid went right in and the cut-ends of the braid grabbed the screen nicely. 

 

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