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Old 02-02-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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I'm teetering on the edge of blowing massive cash on some blingman pots and had a few questions. The main one is do you use the "hybrid" false bottom in your bk? If so, will it strain out pellet hops? Not 100%, but enough to empty kettle without plugging? And for some reason I can't find the pot dimensions? I was looking at the 20 gallon. Does anyone have a 20 and do 5.5 gallon batches with it? I would be doing both single and double batches.

 
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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I have the 20, but do 10 gallon batches. Unless you're brewing some really big beers, you're not going to have much in the way of a grain bed for sparging a 5.5g batch.

As for draining the kettle, I put a ss scrub pad around the drain tube. Works just fine.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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I have the 20, but do 10 gallon batches. Unless you're brewing some really big beers, you're not going to have much in the way of a grain bed for sparging a 5.5g batch.

As for draining the kettle, I put a ss scrub pad around the drain tube. Works just fine.
Scrubbies work for hop pellets? I thought they were only for leaf hops?

 
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:36 PM   #4
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Blichmann doesn't recommend the false bottom in a boil kettle, just for a mash tun.
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Blichmann doesn't recommend the false bottom in a boil kettle, just for a mash tun.
+1 dont use their false bottom for boil kettle. But it works incredibly well in the mash tun.

I have their boil kettle screen/filter. Works great with whole leaf. I have had 6 oz of whole leaf in there with no problems. Plugs like a son of a b!itch with pellets. I have yet to find a pellet filter that works as well as the paint strainer bag. To Blichmann's defense, they do recommend using whole leaf hops only with their boil kettle screen.

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Old 02-03-2009, 02:54 AM   #6
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OK, I'm tempted by those pots as well. I share the concern of plugging that small screen with pellet hops.

Here's a thought. Has any tried the Blichmann with a Jamil style recirc whirlpool? I'm thinking that the whirlpool would drive the trub/hops into a cone at the center of the pot and that the small screen would be adequate for scavenging relatively clean wort from the periphery.
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OK, I'm tempted by those pots as well. I share the concern of plugging that small screen with pellet hops.

Here's a thought. Has any tried the Blichmann with a Jamil style recirc whirlpool? I'm thinking that the whirlpool would drive the trub/hops into a cone at the center of the pot and that the small screen would be adequate for scavenging relatively clean wort from the periphery.
I whirlpool also but it doesnt take much in the way of pellet hops to clog that boil kettle screen.
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I still have a bunch of pellets to use, so I 'm thinking a big tea ball (I have a basket looking one that's 4" in diameter) might do the trick.
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I still have a bunch of pellets to use, so I 'm thinking a big tea ball (I have a basket looking one that's 4" in diameter) might do the trick.
Which is much better than a big tea bag.....
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:21 AM   #10
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+1 dont use their false bottom for boil kettle. But it works incredibly well in the mash tun.

I have their boil kettle screen/filter. Works great with whole leaf. I have had 6 oz of whole leaf in there with no problems. Plugs like a son of a b!itch with pellets.
Good to know as I have their 20 gallon with a the screen/filter for the BK. I'll stick to whole hops. (MLT is 20 gallon with the false bottom and the HLT is a 'nakid' 20 gallon pot).

To the OP: The dimensions are on their website here: http://www.blichmannengineering.com/...ide_&_data.htm

Did anyone else find it odd that the BK screen/filter has a little copper elbow in the middle of it? I was kind of disappointed that it wasn't stainless like everything else since I'm hoping to go 100% stainless on my setup. I know it's tiny and won't make a difference, still....

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