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Rich Bartsch (24.12.147.127)
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 06:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After 10+ successful batches in my cooler/CPVC lauter I bought a rig with Phil's Phalse Bottom. My first batch was a disaster; no wort flowed when the drain was opened.

I filled the mash tun with water, then stirred the grain in. With the PPB, should I load the grain and then stir in the water? The seller said he underlet with water thru the drain. Does that make sense?

I hope to brew batch #2 today, so I'll appreciate all advise.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 07:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ill tell ya why....
Phils Phalse bottom toy is plastic... hense it floats...

So it was prob floating when you doughed in and all the grain got underneath it...

Grab a long spoon or something, pin the false bottom the to bottom of the cooler and hold it down while you dough in..
Once the grain is in there, itll hold it down for the mash...

Also... water first, then grains...
BrewON!
Walt
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Phil's Phalse Bottom is a less than ideal design that has a habit of "phloating." This can be prevented by a number of methods, including Walt's suggestion of holding the false bottom down with a spoon or paddle while mashing in. Other ideas include making a "snake" from a length of large diameter plastic tubing, filling it with lead shot and sealing it with aquarium sealant, then fitting it in a ring around the outside of the false bottom. A third method is to use a few heavy stainless bolts and nuts fitted through holes drilled at various locations in the false bottom.
 

Rich Bartsch (24.12.147.127)
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 08:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll try Walt's method for my brew today. Then I think I'll investigate changing to SS hose braiding for my next brew.

Thanks for the help guys.

Rich

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