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Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:34:08 PM »
Hi all,
I just switched to a new mashing method of recirculating my mash in a Kettle mash tun. I have a false bottom, but even after vorlauf, I'm getting some small bits of the mash into the kettle, not much, and very small particles. I'm using an Anvil boil kettle with a kettle screen. Am I liekly to experience negative affects and what would they be? I feel like a noob when I change my process... The good news is, with a bit of modification, and a sparge ring. My efficiency is in the mid 70's so happy there. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2017, 03:36:13 PM »
No problem whatsoever.
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2017, 03:43:27 PM »
Agreed - no problem with a few bits of grain.  But, if you want to easily filter them out, you can use a simple food strainer (also sometimes called a soup strainer) to easily scoop out the bits that are in the boil kettle:

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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017, 04:35:04 PM »
Awesome, thanks for the help!
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2017, 04:38:29 PM »
I strain with a little juice strainer when "too much" gets through. A little isn't a big deal.

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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2017, 05:37:24 PM »
Another easy preventative measure: fine mesh hop bag

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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2017, 05:39:24 PM »
Grain husk does contain silicate, so you should avoid getting that in your kettle. But the kernels shouldn't be a problem. In most cases, it shouldn't matter if you get a little husk or kernel in the kettle.
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2017, 08:20:02 PM »
I follow the "RDWHAHB, but try and still fix the problem" approach to grain bits getting into the boil. It's been an issue for me since I switched to a false bottom, and although I'm taking steps to prevent this from happening it isn't a huge concern at the moment. I have other issues with my brewing system that could be resolved with a less effort, so it's just not a priority.
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2017, 11:27:56 PM »
Another easy preventative measure: fine mesh hop bag



+1 to this. I do the exact same. Works well.

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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2017, 11:38:41 PM »
Another easy preventative measure: fine mesh hop bag



+1 to this. I do the exact same. Works well.
This looks like my kinda thing. I've got an old BIAB bag that I made out of voile that should do the trick. thanks for the idea!
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2017, 01:59:55 AM »
I've rarely had a decent vorlauf and always seem to get a lot of junk in my boil. Ice thought about a sieve bit wouldn't they cause some wicked HSA?
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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2017, 12:26:21 PM »
Another easy preventative measure: fine mesh hop bag



+1 to this. I do the exact same. Works well.


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Re: Are grain bits in boil kettle a problem?
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2017, 08:42:02 PM »
Another easy preventative measure: fine mesh hop bag



+1 to this. I do the exact same. Works well.
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