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SS mesh vs false bottom
« on: April 25, 2010, 11:29:21 AM »
I have always used a false bottom in my 10G cylindrical tun but have been advised by a friend that he substituted SS mesh tube with significant improvement..any experiences?

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010, 12:52:56 PM »
I've tried false bottoms, manifolds, and the SS screen mesh.  My experience is that the mesh is less prone to stuck or slow runoffs than the other 2 and the wort clears much more quickly during vorlauf.
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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 02:30:08 PM »
The downside to SS mesh tubes is that the HBS makes a lot of money selling those expensive false bottoms. ;)

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2010, 06:13:14 AM »
The downside to SS mesh tubes is that the HBS makes a lot of money selling those expensive false bottoms. ;)

But the OP has already purchased one, so go for the ss mesh tube  :P

BTW, I can't speak of the others, but I have only ever used a SS mesh tube and love it.
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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010, 10:02:10 AM »
I have always used a false bottom in my 10G cylindrical tun but have been advised by a friend that he substituted SS mesh tube with significant improvement..any experiences?

You can brew great beer with any of those devises.  But a false bottom is the best choice for full efficiency of your grains.  The mesh tube sitting down the middle of your tun will have a hard time sparging the grains to the side of it way at the bottom.  Look to Plamer's "How to brew" for some flow diagrams.  I use a foldable false bottom in a 1/2 gallon keg, with the outlest at the very bottom.  I control mash temp through a RIMS systems.  Never once had a stuck sparge.  Even with an Amber I brew with lots of 6-row. 

But, like I said.  You can make great beers with any of the systems. 

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010, 10:12:18 AM »
mic, that's true if you're fly sparging, but it doesn't apply to batch sparging.
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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2010, 10:35:42 AM »
mic, that's true if you're fly sparging, but it doesn't apply to batch sparging.

I do fly sparge.  I can "see" what you're saying.  Good clarification.

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2010, 11:15:26 AM »
 Why would you say "Even with an Amber I brew with lots of 6-row."  Is 6-row more likely to casue a stuck sparge?

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2010, 11:20:23 AM »
Why would you say "Even with an Amber I brew with lots of 6-row."  Is 6-row more likely to casue a stuck sparge?

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I'd think it would be the other way around...I may be mistaken, but I thought 6 row had more husk material, which would help prevent a stuck runoff.
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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2010, 03:22:00 PM »
Why would you say "Even with an Amber I brew with lots of 6-row."  Is 6-row more likely to casue a stuck sparge?

Pepe

I'd think it would be the other way around...I may be mistaken, but I thought 6 row had more husk material, which would help prevent a stuck runoff.

LHBS suggested using rice hulls with 1/2 of grist being 6-row.  I chose not too. 

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2010, 04:03:43 PM »
Why would you say "Even with an Amber I brew with lots of 6-row."  Is 6-row more likely to casue a stuck sparge?

Pepe

I'd think it would be the other way around...I may be mistaken, but I thought 6 row had more husk material, which would help prevent a stuck runoff.

LHBS suggested using rice hulls with 1/2 of grist being 6-row.  I chose not too. 

I don't understand that.  AFAIK, 6 row has more husk material is less prone to sticking than 2 row.  Maybe I'm wrong...
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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2010, 09:07:51 PM »
Here is one source about husk content:

http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Malting101/The_Row_Less_Traveled.htm

"Some of the additional protein comes from the higher husk content of 6-Row malting barley. Because it's more plump, 2-Row malt has less husk in relation to its size than 6-Row malt."

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2010, 09:23:59 PM »
I use a false bottom stuck with a stainless screen over it just for added benefit.
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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2010, 04:38:52 AM »
To clarify,I batch sparge

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Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2010, 07:28:07 AM »
Why would you say "Even with an Amber I brew with lots of 6-row."  Is 6-row more likely to casue a stuck sparge?

Pepe

I'd think it would be the other way around...I may be mistaken, but I thought 6 row had more husk material, which would help prevent a stuck runoff.

LHBS suggested using rice hulls with 1/2 of grist being 6-row.  I chose not too. 

I don't understand that.  AFAIK, 6 row has more husk material is less prone to sticking than 2 row.  Maybe I'm wrong...

Agreed, I did some research last night, and just as others have already said, 6-row does have more husk material. 

But, I would still recommend to one and all to use a false bottom, regardless of sparging method.