New BIAB Setup... Couple of questions...

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adpostel

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Been gathering parts and putting together my new BIAB system...

1) I have a Brew Hardware False Bottom, do you leave your false bottom in the kettle after you have mashed and are getting ready to boil?

2) I'm thinking of going with a Jaded Hydra for cooling after the boil, the false bottom would help keep it off the element, so should I just go ahead and boil with the FB in the kettle?

3) Would the False Bottom obstruct a good whirlpool from my whirlpool arm?
 
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I've been wondering the same thing about a false bottom as I don't use one in my setup (yet). I have seen people tie a string to their false bottom so they can easily fish it out pre-boil. I don't see how it would hurt to leave it in though. Looking forward to reading other brewers thoughts.
 

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1) I keep my Brew Hardware false bottom in during the boil, mainly because I use hop bags to my hop additions because I use a plate chiller.

2) If you're going to use the hydra, then yes, I would suggest leaving the false bottom in place. You won't have direct contact with the wort under the false bottom, but if you whirlpool/stir while chilling you shouldn't have any problem chilling to a consistent temperature in the kettle.
 
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Yes, if I go with the Hydra, I will definitely recirculate/whirlpool with my pump during cool down... I guess it is better to get cooled down quickly after the boil than to worry about any trub that may go to the fermenter?
 

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Do you have a spigot? I suspect you do so that means you are using that to transfer to the fermenter. If you desire to leave most of the trub in the kettle I would figure out how to remove the false bottom so that all the trub make fall below the spigot after the boil.
 

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Do you have a spigot? I suspect you do so that means you are using that to transfer to the fermenter. If you desire to leave most of the trub in the kettle I would figure out how to remove the false bottom so that all the trub make fall below the spigot after the boil.
I think the false bottom he referenced is Brew Hardware's BIAB false bottom. It's very course, so trub falls right through it.
 

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I leave my brew hardware false bottom in for the entire process, no issues. I try to leave the thickest trub in the pot, but it doesn’t really bother me if it gets into the fermenter.
 
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Will the hydra be completely or mostly submerged with the false bottom in place?
I checked the height of the Hydra, and with 6.5 gallons in the kettle and the false bottom, the Hydra would be 95% submerged, if not right at completely......
 
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