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Old 02-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default False Bottom help

I have bought Bayou Classic 1036 pots to move to all grain electric brewing. Now I need a false bottom. This is where I need your help or ideas. The only false bottom I can find is from NorCal. I like it, but can't pay the $100+ right now. They call for a 13 1/2 inch hinged false bottom. Anyone have any less expensive and still durable ideas?
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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Bazooka screen? Cheap and effective, can get good efficiency with batch sparge, and probably good enough for fly sparges as well.

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #3
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I fly sparge with a bazooka screen and it works well.

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you could also build a manifold that threads to your dip tube...copper if direct fired and CPVC if you are using recirculating indirect heat. No need to solder/glue as you want to take it apart for cleaning.

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Folks with manifolds seem to like them, but are a total PITA to build in my opinion..

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How about a smaller domed FB?

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How about a smaller domed FB?
I guess that was part of my question. Does the false bottom have to fit tight? Or can I put 12" domed in my pot. Its 13 1/2"?
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Personally, the bazooka screen is foolproof, the false bottoms can be problematic and more money. I would vote for the bazooka screen. they do work well with fly sparges but less efficient than false bottoms, but negligible in my opinion for a 5 gal batch with a proper grain crush.

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So I was reading the 5th annual "Gadget Issue" of Zymurgy online (Vol 34, No 1, Jan/Feb 2011 issue) and the third home brewer DIY gadget was a false bottom. The brewer fashioned it from a standard "blossoming" SS vegetable strainer and some CPVC fittings to create a cheap domed false bottom. Your pot is larger than the 5 gal cool this was originally for but if you find a big enough colander it could work.

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I built a manifold from copper pipe and fittings that I had around, in my opinion that is not much work considering all of the other cleaning and sanitizing that we spend time doing. I have had no problems with stuck sparge, and I use a lot of wheat, but also hear of lots of people using bazooka with no prob. I think manifold or false bottom is the way to go if you are willing to either spend time or money, for me the time is easier to come up with.

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