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Old 12-15-2010, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default False bottom for my BK

I'm gona get another false bottom for my BK. I have a Climax 14.75 false bottom for my MLT already. I like their 11.5 false bottom for the BK because it's cheap, but is it worth paying double the price for the 14.75 false bottom for a BK? I've been having trouble filtering out the hopps after the boil. I've used a scrubby, and tried angling my dip tube but still getting too much hopps into my fermenter. Would the 11.5 in false bottom be sufficient for what I'm after?

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Old 12-15-2010, 03:01 AM   #2
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i'm going to be soldering in the morebeer 10" this weekend, based on friends' suggestions. so i think the 11.5 would be better

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Would the 11.5 be big enough for 10-12 gallon batches or just 5-6 gallons?

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For a FB to work well, it has to cover the full area of the base. If it doesn't, you will get solids creeping under the FB, thus defeating it's purpose.

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but still getting too much hopps into my fermenter.
I don't think it's a negative if some hops and trub end up in the fermenter. RDWHAHB.

A false bottom will never be 100% effective in straining out debris from the kettle. If the screen was tight enough to keep out all the crap it would get clogged in a hurry and then what do you do?

Try some of the other methods like a hop back or whirlpool. Or just live with hops and trub in the fermenter. Really it should not hurt the beer.
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For a FB to work well, it has to cover the full area of the base. If it doesn't, you will get solids creeping under the FB, thus defeating it's purpose.

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With a keggle the FB is usually below the spigot and there is a tube that sucks the liquid out from under the FB. In those cases the FB is domed and does not cover the whole bottom of the pot.
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I don't think it's a negative if some hops and trub end up in the fermenter. RDWHAHB.

A false bottom will never be 100% effective in straining out debris from the kettle. If the screen was tight enough to keep out all the crap it would get clogged in a hurry and then what do you do?

Try some of the other methods like a hop back or whirlpool. Or just live with hops and trub in the fermenter. Really it should not hurt the beer.
The 14.75 f.!. Fits my keggle perfectly. I figure the 11.5 f.b. Would fit into the bowl contour enough to seal down. I'll talk to our hydraulic shop at work today. I'll see if they'll build me a pickup tube that'll suck up from the side of the keggle rather than the center. Are you using a pump to whirlpool or just stirring? I don't have a pump...yet.
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I use a pump to whirlpool but you can do it just the same with a spoon. Stir it for a minute of two and then let it settle for 20-30 minutes. If your lucky, most of the break material will form a cone in the bottom. Carefully siphon or drain the clear wort from the side. Drain slowly so you do not disturb the cone. Good luck!

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I use a pump to whirlpool but you can do it just the same with a spoon. Stir it for a minute of two and then let it settle for 20-30 minutes. If your lucky, most of the break material will form a cone in the bottom. Carefully siphon or drain the clear wort from the side. Drain slowly so you do not disturb the cone. Good luck!
Do you use a short dip tube to pick up on the side of the keg? Pictures?
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I don't have a keg. I have a big stainless brew pot. It has a valve on the side near the bottom to drain. Attached to the valve I have a short piece of copper that pulls the liquid from the bottom at the side of the pot. Sorry I don't have any pics. but it looks kinda like this one

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