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DIY bazooka or store bought
« on: October 24, 2016, 11:53:27 PM »
So I am making the switch from BIAB to a cooler MLT. Considering a diy bazooka screen but my LHS has a built one for $18 ish, one inch diameter screen about 12-15" long. Any reason to go with the store bought over the converted water supply line?

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 11:57:14 PM »
It's a preference thing. I have two tuns, one with each type. Both work fine.

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2016, 04:24:48 PM »
damn! I thought this post was going to be more along the line of potato gun bazooka stuff....  :(
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2016, 05:10:11 PM »
Both work, but I find that using a hose braid lets through fewer fines than a Bazooka does, resulting in faster wort clearing.  Not a huge deal, though.
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 06:45:54 PM »
Denny, do you get clear wort from your cooler MT? Or just cloudy with no grain particles?

My wort always runs off cloudy.
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2016, 07:18:00 PM »
Denny, do you get clear wort from your cooler MT? Or just cloudy with no grain particles?

My wort always runs off cloudy.

That depends on a lot of other things besides the lautering system.  If I nail my pH and the stars are aligned, I get crystal clear runoff that you could read a newspaper through.  That's about 90% of the time.  The rest of the time it may be cloudy, but there are no grain particles.  That's the real objective.
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2016, 09:35:24 PM »
Denny, do you get clear wort from your cooler MT? Or just cloudy with no grain particles?

My wort always runs off cloudy.

That depends on a lot of other things besides the lautering system.  If I nail my pH and the stars are aligned, I get crystal clear runoff that you could read a newspaper through.  That's about 90% of the time.  The rest of the time it may be cloudy, but there are no grain particles.  That's the real objective.

And do you really notice any difference in the final product either way?

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2016, 09:51:23 PM »
Denny, do you get clear wort from your cooler MT? Or just cloudy with no grain particles?

My wort always runs off cloudy.

That depends on a lot of other things besides the lautering system.  If I nail my pH and the stars are aligned, I get crystal clear runoff that you could read a newspaper through.  That's about 90% of the time.  The rest of the time it may be cloudy, but there are no grain particles.  That's the real objective.

And do you really notice any difference in the final product either way?

Nope...not at all.
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2016, 09:58:24 PM »
Same here.

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2016, 11:11:25 PM »
I've yet to get clear runoff from my cooler. I'm thinking the braid I used is "looser" than usual, takes forever for the grain bits to stop.

May not make a difference in the long run, but if another $10 hose makes my brew day go easier...
Corn is a fine adjunct in beer.

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2016, 03:59:32 AM »
It wont.

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2016, 04:07:18 PM »
It wont.

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Don't know why you say that...try this...Lasco brand (part number 10-0121 or 10-0321)
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2016, 04:29:26 PM »
I will confirm that the braid on that brand is of a higher quality than what I use currently. Flexible, tight weave, less crush prone than mine

The PIA process of removing the fittings and tube have deterred me from switching.

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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2016, 04:47:23 PM »
I will confirm that the braid on that brand is of a higher quality than what I use currently. Flexible, tight weave, less crush prone than mine

The PIA process of removing the fittings and tube have deterred me from switching.


If I can do it, anyone can!  Chop off the ends with a hatchet.  Push each end of the braid toward the center to expand it.  Pull out the inner tube.  Fold one end of the braid over.  Attach the other end to your cooler drain.  That's it.  Less than 10 min.
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Re: DIY bazooka or store bought
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2016, 05:03:38 PM »
I'm in an apartment, no stump to hatchet on.

Last time I used a hacksaw. That resulted in many stainless steel slivers. Bolt cutters would work nicely, but I don't have those.