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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2013, 05:22:06 AM »
I've been using a false bottom in my kettle for over 10 years, no problems with scorching.  Although my false bottom is perforated stainless, not the blichmann.

What are you using Tom?

I might need to consider some other options.
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2013, 05:56:06 AM »
I've tried stainless 'scrubbies', bazooka screens, tea balls, etc. All have clogged or come loose during the boil.

The best thing that works for me is a street 90 elbow pointed down and a good whirlpool. I get a bit of hop material at the very beginning of the transfer, but I'm very clear after that as long as I don't tilt/shake the kettle.
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2013, 06:44:51 AM »
So what I'm gathering here is that this may not be the best plan...

clint what about the hop blocker instead? 
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2013, 07:50:22 AM »
So what I'm gathering here is that this may not be the best plan...

clint what about the hop blocker instead?

I've seen pretty mixed reviews of the hop blocker.  Plus, that's for pellet hops, right?  I want something that'll help screen out whole hops.
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2013, 07:53:09 AM »
yeah it is for pellets mostly.  I just bought one and will be testing it out next weekend.
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2013, 08:05:06 AM »
what ever happened to the hop taco?
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2013, 09:00:22 AM »
I've been using a false bottom in my kettle for over 10 years, no problems with scorching.  Although my false bottom is perforated stainless, not the blichmann.

What are you using Tom?

I might need to consider some other options.
It's a sheet of stainless with a bunch of holes punched in it, too uniform to have been made by hand.  I have no idea where it came from, I bought the gear used.  I'm pretty sure the keggles were made by one of the local homebrew shops.  The false bottoms look like they were simply cut out of a sheet.

I use whole hops almost exclusively, they make a nice filter bed for the wort and collect trub.  When I use only pellets I end up with a bunch of gunk stuck to the bottom of the false bottom.  Still no problems with scorching or wort getting trapped though.
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Re: Blichmann Kettle with False Bottom
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2013, 09:33:14 AM »
I'm considering maybe getting a keggle instead with a pico false bottom.  It's a cheaper option and sounds like it might work better for what I'm trying to do.
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