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Old 01-07-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Just trying to get an idea of what people like for false bottoms on their keg boil kettles.

I brew lots of IPA's and Pale Ales that usually have a mix of leaf hops and pellets. Just looking for a way to filter out my whole hops, and let the pellet junk go thru to the carboy.

I've found that a dip tube with a scrubby on the bottom WILL clog with enough pellet hops. I'm not even going to bother w/ a screen, I know how that will turn out.

Seems a false bottom might best suit my needs.

And no, I don't want to use the 5 gallon paint sock, I like the utilization I get without one...

Any suggestions?


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I first would use a hop filter made with a CPVC coupling and a paint strainer bag. That will help you a ton. I hear people talk about utilization, but I've split brews and couldn't tell a difference. I made a DIY hop stopper out of
16 x 16 stainless mesh. Looking forward to using it. Whirlpool, strainer, and dip tube should solve the problem.


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Just trying to get an idea of what people like for false bottoms on their keg boil kettles.

I brew lots of IPA's and Pale Ales that usually have a mix of leaf hops and pellets. Just looking for a way to filter out my whole hops, and let the pellet junk go thru to the carboy.

I've found that a dip tube with a scrubby on the bottom WILL clog with enough pellet hops. I'm not even going to bother w/ a screen, I know how that will turn out.

Seems a false bottom might best suit my needs.

And no, I don't want to use the 5 gallon paint sock, I like the utilization I get without one...

Any suggestions?
I'm guessing that means you've actually tried the hop sack? I have and I'm with Dog House Brew in that I haven't noticed a difference either.

However, I'm planning to convert my keggle to electric and though I prefer the hop sack, I might have to go with some sort of false bottom since I'm not sure the hop sack would have enough clearance above the heater element for a 5 gallon batch.
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I've tried a variation of the hop sack...

But beyond utilization, I am not a huge fan of dangling a plastic sack, made of who-knows-what into my wort.
I mean, there's enough plastic stuff in the world that you really shouldn't expose to boiling temperatures. So, rather than guess about if the sack is going to release some sort of carcinogen, I'd just as soon use metal.

I was hoping to see if a false bottom COULD be used for the boil kettle, and successful allow pellet hops thru, while straining out the whole hops.
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Sabco's is the best, IMO, for a keggle. Pricey at $80+S/H but so worth it.
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I've tried a variation of the hop sack...

But beyond utilization, I am not a huge fan of dangling a plastic sack, made of who-knows-what into my wort.
I mean, there's enough plastic stuff in the world that you really shouldn't expose to boiling temperatures. So, rather than guess about if the sack is going to release some sort of carcinogen, I'd just as soon use metal.

I was hoping to see if a false bottom COULD be used for the boil kettle, and successful allow pellet hops thru, while straining out the whole hops.
I actually use a muslin bag for my filter
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I actually use a muslin bag for my filter
How big is it? If its huge, where did you get it?
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I buy the material at the local fabric store and sew it to fit my kettle. Then with my home made hop stopper screen I don't have the trouble with hops. The muslin is cheap and comes in a few different grades. I did see a store that had several diffrent sizes, Brew Masters or Austin maybe. Can't remember.
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PM Jaybird. His are quality and no need to spend a ton of $$.
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PM Jaybird. His are quality and no need to spend a ton of $$.
I'd echo that - we bought 2 off Jaybird, good quality and sturdy FBs. Plus he will make them to your spec. We got 2 hinged, 15" (sits higher which we liked), and 1/2" dip tube hole.


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