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Old 10-25-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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For all types o batches, AG, PM, extract, what is the "best" bottom config? False bottom, false bottom with bazooka screen under, just a bazooka screen, or something else.

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In my opinion, none. If you have to separate hops, like when you have a plate chiller, the best option is containment. Nothing you could install would have enough surface area.

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In my opinion, none. If you have to separate hops, like when you have a plate chiller, the best option is containment. Nothing you could install would have enough surface area.
Sorry not following? If going by the assumption that you want to leave the trub and the boiled hops in the boil kettle when transferring to primary. Maybe that's up for debate, but I'm going by what I've read in most recommendations. So I'd think a bazooka screen would at least keep the hops from going to primary. I'm using an immersion chiller so that's not a consideration. What do you mean by containment?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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In my opinion, none. If you have to separate hops, like when you have a plate chiller, the best option is containment. Nothing you could install would have enough surface area.
The brewershardware.com trub filter seems to have plenty of surface area for the job. Not cheap, but SS false bottoms aren't either and they aren't going to help you with hops.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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I use a hop spider in the boil keggle to keep the hop matter contained. This is due to using a plate chiller. IF I wasn't using a plate chiller, though, I'd probably just let it all go into the fermenter. It's been proven that the trub will do NO harm to the brew. There was a test done where they brewed enough to fill two fermenters. They were careful to not have the trub go into one of them, and let it go into the other. The one with the trub ended up being clearer in glass and tasted better.

BTW, if I'm only using a few ounces of hops, I'm more inclined to not use the spider. However, when I'm using 5oz, or more, of hops, I use the spider. Last two batches used 7.5oz (each) of hops, so the spider was fully leveraged.

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A false bottom for whole hops, and the downline strainer for trub and pellet seems to be the best overall solution at the moment.

It's also what I'm going with on my 1.5bbl build.

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Sounds like I may not have to worry about the trub going into primary after all. If its one less thing to worry about ill just leave te bottom of the boil kettle empty and open it up and let er rip at primary time.

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You should be fine with just having a dip tube in the kettle. IF you go for larger batch sizes, like 1/2 bbl or over a full barrel, then you might want to do something else. Especially if you're using a plate chiller (which most breweries of that size do). You'll still have options though.

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Whirlpool, then dip tube placed outside the trub cone. No need for anything else.

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Whirlpool, then dip tube placed outside the trub cone. No need for anything else.
Like it, so take immersion chiller out, whirlpool with sanitized spoon, open valve (no dip tube)
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