Hay guys I hadn't seen this one and I am sorry. A few things:
1. Any grain smaller than 3/32 "IS" going to get through the false bottom when you first mash in. Thats the size of of the holes in the false bottom so its just a matter of fact something is going to get through. It's our job as the brewer to get it out before we EVER turn on the heat. So a simple recirculation as we mash in will do wonders for this problem.
2. When setting the grain bed we need to be running at "FULL TILT" for about 1-2 min to "SET" the grain bed. This will set the grain and establish the filter bed we are needing.
3. Never turn off the flow once the grain bed is set. If you do you will need to reset the grain bed all over again.
4. If you are going to stir the mash, turn on the pump so the small 3/32" grain pieces can get re set and you dont have any issues
5.We have developed the "Level" 1,2 and 3 stands to assist in blocking everything that gets through the false bottom. It is a 2 fold piece of equipment and has turned this system into a total rock solid solution.
the level 1 and level 2 were developed for the guys doing RIMS and HERMS and are doing a full recirculation for long periods of time.
We did have some issues with a couple of false bottoms collapsing due to the massive amount of vacuum caused from the suction of the pumps and the long resirc. We solved this problem with these stands. It also adds to the filtration in a major way. The level 3 is to filter pellet hops and not needed in the mash ton.
6.. We also developed the "heavy duty" stands for the guys that bought the system long ago before the "level" stands. And before you guys were pounding 37# of grain or more in a 15.5 gallon kettle and doing a 60 min recirculations. I still stand behind the false bottom and dont think it needs a stand, unless your piling up the grain and doing long a real long recirculation. But the level 1 is such a major addition in filtration I dont mash in without one.
7. Also another thing to look at is, I drill the hole in the false bottom whatever size you need. I also drill it off center so you can "SPIN" the false bottom into place. There has been a few people who didn't see this and didn't spin the false bottom into its nesting place and there was a gap on one site of the false bottom. Make sure you set it down and spin the false bottom so its in the best place and sitting nice on the curve of the bottom of the kettle.
I have been selling this system here on HBT for over 5 years now. We have made MAJOR strides in creating the best false bottom system money can buy and we stand behind this thing 100%. I totally back up my equipment guys and if your having any issues at all I will fix it. 1 way or another. Just call me at the store 530 243 BEER or email me @ [email protected]
If I missed something or didn't answer a question let me know. I will go through this thread again and see if I did.
I am glad to see cobolstinks resolved his issue with a simple hose clamp.