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Old 07-16-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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I just got my new electric brewing kettle. It's a 15g Blichmann boilermaker with a 4500W heating element in the bottom. I do 5g and 10g boils in it, sometimes extract w/ grains and sometimes all-grain.

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for a heating element screen? I need something to keep my grain/hop bag off of the heating element, and I thought someone else probably had the same problem before me. The heating element is mounted a bit higher than I had originally thought, so I don't want to block the whole bottom of the kettle off with a false bottom or something. I just need something to go around the heating element to keep it from burning my grain or hop bags. I thought maybe some stainless mesh would work, but I'm open to other ideas.

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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i thought i read somewhere that this is not necessary. the element won't melt the nylon hop bags. please verify before taking my word for this.
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The thread I recall said the nylon wasn't an issue - the guy tied a strip around the element for the boil and it came out without damage. But with the grain resting on top of the element, I could see that being a problem.

I'm planning on getting a wire cooling rack for baking and forming that into a U over the element.
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i thought i read somewhere that this is not necessary. the element won't melt the nylon hop bags. please verify before taking my word for this.
Depends on the watt density of the element.
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It's easy enough to grab a 12" square piece of SS 2x2mesh from mcmaster. http://www.mcmaster.com/#9322T631
Just bend it into a U shape.

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It's easy enough to grab a 12" square piece of SS 2x2mesh from mcmaster. http://www.mcmaster.com/#9322T631
Just bend it into a U shape.

Do you think that would hold up to the weight of a bag full of grain sitting on it? I was thinking of taking one of the tops to my keggle's, drilling some large holes in it, then using SS bolts for legs.
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I ordered some 2x2 stainless mesh (.063" wire diameter) from McMaster. I'll let you know how it works. Thanks for the advice!
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I was in Lowe's on Friday and picked up a stainless steel grill topper on clearance for $11 and some change. I cut the ends of it to fit in my keggle & used some SS Eyebolts as standoff's, looks like it will work a treat!


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