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Old 05-19-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Default BIAB basket instead of bag.

Why couldn't I make a basket made of the same screen material as a false bottom instead of using a bag for my mash?

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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Money. Bags are SUPER cheap.

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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I was thinking of lining a basket with that material... I think it would be super easy to clean and you would have one less item to deal with.

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Old 05-20-2013, 02:36 AM   #4
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So money is the only reason? Cause I could do it super cheap since my job is making brewing systems

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Some people like to squeeze the remaining fluid out of the bag. That would be trickier with a basket.

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Old 05-20-2013, 02:41 AM   #6
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I could easily make a thing to push down the grains

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:48 AM   #7
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This is something that I've been kicking around for awhile. I have a 15.5 gallon stainless Bayou Classic that came with a steamer basket. I took my Greenlee punch to the basket and fashioned a smattering of bigger holes into... instead of using a bag, I've been thinking about lining the basket with some 300 or 400 SS mesh (there's a vendor on another thread who has sort of fallen into supplying custom SS mesh things for the HB community).

This really appeals to me. Cleaning would be a cinch.. turn it upside down and spray the chunks off with a hose. Done.

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GREAT thread.. I find myself doubting that just the mesh alone would withstand a grain bill for 10 gallon batches, which is why I was considering lining my steamer basket with mesh. Leaving a 1/2" space between the basket and the mesh basket might work out well though.. although, I could punch extra holes in the bottom of my basket to kind of "force" more of a "false bottom" sort of thing.

This is all very similar (if I recall correctly) those fancy "Meisterbrau" systems.

I love HBing. So many option. :-)
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:54 PM   #9
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Hmmm, what we need is something like a French press brewing-pot.

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The two negatives that we came up with while brainstorming this a while back was:
1. Expense; more expensive than flat false bottom
2. Loss of volume; the basket material itself will take up volume and it will not exactly match the inside of the kettle resulting a little lost volume.

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