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Old 08-23-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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I have a false bottom 10 gallon igloo cooler. Even after taking runnings about 4 or 5 runnings I was still getting stuff in the wort. I want to find a way to filter it with out getting a stuck sparge. I was thinking of laying a screen over my false bottom. What has worked for you guys

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What type of false bottom do you have? Can you take a picture and post it?

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Unless your FB is outrageously big, not sure what the problem is here, the grain bed should be your "screen".

Are you letting your grain bed settle or running off after you stir/sparge??
You can rest a strainer on top of your boil kettle/whatever your running into as a secondary filter but this should not have to be done if you have a proper filter thru the grainbed

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Even after taking runnings about 4 or 5 runnings
I don't know what this means. Can you explain? Also, can you detail your sparging process and what you're using for equipment?

I only vorlauf once. I collect about 3 quarts of wort, put the tube into the boil kettle and then pour the wort back into the tun through a spaghetti colander. Then all of my sparge water gets gradually poured into the colander.
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Has the bottom of your cooler warped? Grain could be getting around it. You could try wrapping your false bottom with a large paint filter bag.

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I run my runoff through a fine mesh filter bag. Usually picks up about a couple tablespoons of grain.

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I don't know what this means. Can you explain? Also, can you detail your sparging process and what you're using for equipment?

I only vorlauf once. I collect about 3 quarts of wort, put the tube into the boil kettle and then pour the wort back into the tun through a spaghetti colander. Then all of my sparge water gets gradually poured into the colander.
I do pretty much the same thing, down to the spagetti colander. I fly sparge after my runnings are clearer.
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Unless your FB is outrageously big, not sure what the problem is here, the grain bed should be your "screen".

Are you letting your grain bed settle or running off after you stir/sparge??
You can rest a strainer on top of your boil kettle/whatever your running into as a secondary filter but this should not have to be done if you have a proper filter thru the grainbed
How long do you let your grain bed settle after you take your runnings
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Has the bottom of your cooler warped? Grain could be getting around it. You could try wrapping your false bottom with a large paint filter bag.
The cooler and the bottom are relatively new. I have only mashed in them twice. And go blue
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I use a full false bottom and and get some grain material in the kettle too. Usually around the end of my laughter.

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