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Old 01-06-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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In both the mash tun and boil pot when draining off the wort the screens seem t clog and it would barely flow. We ended up just scraping away the grains from the screen, is this not a good idea? And is there anything other then a false bottom that can be use to help with this?

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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What are you using for the screens?


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I've had grain get under the screen and clog the opening.
I've also had stuck sparge with a pumpkin beer.
Both cases I blew air into the drain to clear the opening, which ended up working well.
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I tried a couple different lauter techniques, and then switched to BIAB. It's so much easier.
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Copper or CPVC manifold. Never clogs.
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Copper or CPVC manifold. Never clogs.
I have false bottoms in my two vessels and have never had problems unless there is corn or rice involved, now I just add some rice hulls first. As for the copper and pvc I have a few buddies that use it and I have never seen it clog.
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i added a stainless scrubbie to my false bottom setup to catch grains that make it past the screen edge and haven't had a problem since. I also condition my grain and use rice hulls.

*false bottom is a keg top with angle grinder cuts.
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I am using a bazooka screen in my pot and a a braided hose in my mash tun.

It was also my first time with using pellet hops, I don't think I will again, it just seemed to make more of a mess. And yeah I think once I can find a rectangular cooler I am going to fit it with copper piping, I have a stand up water cooler and there is close to no space in bottom to put anything but a flexible dishwater hose.

I was thinking about making up a false bottom to fit it.

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I am using a bazooka screen in my pot and a a braided hose in my mash tun.

It was also my first time with using pellet hops, I don't think I will again, it just seemed to make more of a mess. And yeah I think once I can find a rectangular cooler I am going to fit it with copper piping, I have a stand up water cooler and there is close to no space in bottom to put anything but a flexible dishwater hose.

I was thinking about making up a false bottom to fit it.

Thanks for all the help!
From what I've read, pellet hops clog bazooka tubes pretty consistently. Consider a hop spider or hop bag?
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To this day ive never had a stuck sparge in my mash tun with a braided hose...maybe im just lucky?

Any time i use ingredients that are known mash baddies like pumpkin or wheat beers i just throw in 8oz of Rice hulls..its like 30 cents and gives peace of mind.

Its probably a good ideal for OP to keep a few lbs of rice hulls around.


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