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Old 01-30-2013, 04:49 AM   #11
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I have a glass circular pie pan, would that work? Im curious if the heat transfer to glass would still cause the bag to burn if resting on it.

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I don't think I'd want to deal with glass at high temps. If you heat that glass up or cool it down too fast, it will break.

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This is what I use as a false bottom:

http://www.wayfair.com/Victorio-Stai...6-VRO1025.html

They sell them in the canning section at Walmart.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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I went to target and picked up a collapsible stainless steel steamer basket. Opens like petals on a flour. Open fully and put upside down at the bottom of the kettle. Did it to keep the bag of the dip tube, but it serves both purposes. Also, I rarely need to fire the kettle with the bag in it. If I do, its gentle and for a short period if time. How do you insulate the kettle during the mash?

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No need for any of those more expensive steamer racks,etc. Just get a cake cooling rack that fits inside the bottom of the BK/MLT & proceed. works great for me every time. They have some 1/2" or so legs on them to hold them a bit off the bottom. So hot water can circulate under the bag. Works great for mashing or steeping.
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Is everyone pulling their various racks, false bottoms out after the mash and before the boil?

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I use a "collapsible vegetable steamer" (google those exact words to see what I'm taking about). I think it's stainless but I'm not sure. It came with 4 stubby legs and a shaft in the center with a ring on it. A couple minutes with a set of pliers and the legs and shaft were gone. I got it at a dollar store for pretty cheap (but it was more than a dollar - false advertising).

I remove the steamer after the mash and before the boil. The first time I tried to hook it out with the spoon but it was a bit of a pain in the ass. Now I tie the steamer onto the handle of my pot with a short length of dental floss. When the mash is over I take out the unburned mesh bag and let it drip out then I pull the steamer out using the floss and let it drip off before tossing it in the sink.

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Is everyone pulling their various racks, false bottoms out after the mash and before the boil?
I remove mine after the mash and before the boil. I too use a collapsable steamer and remove it using tongs.
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I use a "collapsible vegetable steamer" (google those exact words to see what I'm taking about). I think it's stainless but I'm not sure. It came with 4 stubby legs and a shaft in the center with a ring on it. A couple minutes with a set of pliers and the legs and shaft were gone. I got it at a dollar store for pretty cheap (but it was more than a dollar - false advertising).

I remove the steamer after the mash and before the boil. The first time I tried to hook it out with the spoon but it was a bit of a pain in the ass. Now I tie the steamer onto the handle of my pot with a short length of dental floss. When the mash is over I take out the unburned mesh bag and let it drip out then I pull the steamer out using the floss and let it drip off before tossing it in the sink.
I have a steamer basket and actually, ours has a removable center shaft. I had it in my hand, almost used it yesterday for my first BIAB. I was concerned that it would snag the bag and that fishing it out would be an issue so I skipped it. Instead I did a lot of stirring and lifting the bag while raising the heat. My pot held temp much better than I had assumed so next time there will be less checking temp for sure.

Do you invert the basket to create a dome or place it in right side up on its legs?
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Is everyone pulling their various racks, false bottoms out after the mash and before the boil?
Mine is hooked up with a metal chain that clips to one of the handles on the kettle. I pull it out after the mash. A stainless steel canning rack works pretty well.
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