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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2006 * Archive through November 14, 2006 * Bazooka Screen in Boil Kettle and Pellet Hops < Previous Next >

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Anthony Catencamp
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Username: Reddog

Post Number: 30
Registered: 08-2004
Posted From: 216.170.141.133
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I brewed Denny's BVIP on Sunday and the only Goldings I could get were in pellet form. I didn't think this would be a big deal, since the Magnum hops were leaf hops. When it came time to drain the converted keg after cooling with my immersion chiller, I let it sit for five minutes. I opened the ball valve and slowly increased it to full open within 15 seconds as I usually do. The keg drained approximately half of the 11 gallons and then it began to slow to a stop. I had to use a long handle spoon to move the sediment back and forth along the length of the Bazooka screen to keep the flow running. This introduced a lot of particulate into the fermenter.

My question is, if I take out the Bazoooka screen and draw from the side of the kettle, how close to the side does everybody keep their pick up tube and is it a good idea to sheath it in some braided stainless?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5990
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.220
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My converted keg kettle has the pickup tube (fashioned from 1/2 inch copper pipe) at the side of the bottom. Over the end of the tube I have affixed a stainless scrubbie that is held against the bottom. I whirlpool the wort with a mash paddle for a couple of minutes at the end of the boil, cover it and let it stand for about 10 minutes. There is a nice cone of trub and hop residue that collects in the center of the bottom and is largely undisturbed when I drain. About two quarts of splooge is left behind.

Of course I also use hop bags (sheer nylon knee-high hose) with pellets.
 

Anthony Catencamp
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Username: Reddog

Post Number: 32
Registered: 08-2004
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Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 01:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I thought about the hop bag, but I thought the whole hops would set a nice filter bed.

I'll fashion a pick up tube as you described. Thanks Bill.
 

Tom Gardner
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Username: Tom

Post Number: 871
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 162.119.232.100
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 02:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I whirlpool and let it settle for about 15 minutes. I have my Bazooka screen along the perimeter. And then I pump into the boil kettle. Even with 10 gallon batches of Pliny the Elder I rarely get the screen clogged. Brew on, Tom
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

Post Number: 235
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 199.190.8.12
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 05:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You may want to look at this thread about the Hop Stopper:

http://hbd.org/discus/messages/1/38972.html?1161627464
 

Tim Copeland
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Username: Hammer

Post Number: 48
Registered: 04-2003
Posted From: 70.48.73.239
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 12:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Bill,
how do you hold the scubbie onto the pipe?
thanks
TC
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 2636
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 131.137.245.200
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 11:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I dont use a scrubbie or a screen...after chilling I simply get a whirlpool happnin and my pickup is at the side of the keg..,...no trub
Bellybuster Bob
www.bellybuster.netfirms.com
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 5997
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tim, the pickup tube has an elbow that bends down to within an inch of the keg bottom. That's just enough room to slip the scrubbie over the elbow and hold it in place.