I was mashing a large batch of wheat beer grist yesterday, and in spite of using rice hulls I found the mash was draining exceedlingly slow and I eventually had to resort to a bag to strain the grain. When I looked in the MLT, I saw that I had smashed/pulled the Denny-style mesh braid till it was tight right at the place where it attached to the hose (the worst place for this to happen). I guess I did this with my spoon as I was trying to get the thick mash (1qt/lb) to keep draining.
I was able to push it back into a larger diameter, open shape. Then I took a piece of copper tubing and out it inside the braid. It runs nearly the entire length of the braid (which I have made into a circle by putting the tag end in the clamped end.) The tubing is only slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the braid. My question is, will this work or do I need something smaller like a thick copper wire?