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Old 01-21-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default False Bottom or Screen?

Going all grain. Going to start doing 3 gal batches for a few different reasons. Plastic 5 gal cooler mashtun. My question is, do I want to use a screen or a false bottom? I will be batch sparging. Thanks guys. This forum is great.

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Old 01-21-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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I started with a mesh screen and have since gone false bottom. I have gotten more consistent and better efficiency with the fb.

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:02 AM   #3
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I use the 5 dollar toilet SS braid, and have no issues at all. My bazooka screen also works wonders.

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I just did my first all grain batch today using a false bottom - super easy. I can't speak for the ease of the screen, but most of the people I've seen on here either start with false bottom or go there after to increase efficiency and ease.

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If you batch sparge it really does not matter.

I have a false bottom and it works great. They will both do the job. I btach sparge and get an easy 74-75% efficiency. I could probably get more but I am good with that.

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I'm in the copper/ cpvc manifold camp. Have a copper one in my round Rubbermaid and a cpvc in my square cooler. Work great, easy to clean and never had a stuck sparge.

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Going all grain. Going to start doing 3 gal batches for a few different reasons. Plastic 5 gal cooler mashtun. My question is, do I want to use a screen or a false bottom? I will be batch sparging. Thanks guys. This forum is great.
IMO you could easily do 5 gallon batches.

Toilet braid? I am interested. I am currently using the paint strainer method. Did you just poke holes in it or what?
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IMO you could easily do 5 gallon batches.

Toilet braid? I am interested. I am currently using the paint strainer method. Did you just poke holes in it or what?
I know I can do some 1.05 5 gal batches in a 5, but like I said there is a couple reasons Im not. But I dont want this thread to go there. There is enough of those threads already..lol
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FB, screens are a waste of time in my experience

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I started with a mesh screen and have since gone false bottom. I have gotten more consistent and better efficiency with the fb.
I just switched to a false bottom and have seen a bump in efficiency for the 3 batches I've used it. I have noticed that it takes longer for the beer to "clear" during the vourlof, and had to strain the wort through a mesh strainer. Is that normal?
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