From Anonymous of Casper, Wyoming on 3/7/2013.
This works great! I use it in a 7.5 gal stainless mash tun...(not a sanke keg). It was a little to small in diameter, so I built 2 copper tubing "rings" to set it on and keep my grain from touching the bottom of the tun. After . . .
From Anonymous of Paradise, California on 12/26/2012.
Thanks.. It was the perfect size and super fast shipping. A pleasure doing business...
From Brice of Whaleyville, Maryland on 10/30/2012.
Hit my numbers nicely with product. No stuck sparge. Had to slightly modify the discharge to fit my keg but that's what we do as home brewers.
False Bottom Highly recommend
From Jim H. of Warrensburg, New York on 6/12/2012.
Well made was as advertised. Would buy another if the need ever comes along.
From Anonymous of Helena, Montana on 3/27/2012.
This has made the process so much easier.
From Patrick Karp of Ludington, Michigan on 2/22/2012.
I had Homebrew heaven install this in my new 15 gal brew pot. My only complaint which is small is that for wanting everything stainless they used a brass compression fitting. Other then that they did a good job. I am very pleased . . .
4/8/2012 – I'm just getting started with home brewing. Friends are all telling me to go with a larger brew pot. I've decided to go with a 10 gallon stainless. Assuming price is no object can you recommend a set up (spigot, thermometer etc.) that will allow me to expand as I gain experience?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's confusing, isn't it? I'll try to help with that.A 10 gallon pot is NICE to have indeed. It works well for a 5-7 gallon batch of EXTRACT beer. Nice indeed. If cost was no object (it always is at my house), I would go with the Blichmann 10 gallon pot. It comes with all the bells and whistles you mentioned.If however, you ever want . . .
10/4/2011 – I have a 60 quart pot that my wife just bought with a spigot on it. The inner width is 17 1/2 inches. The spigot hole is 1 1/2 inches (center) from the bottom. Will the 12" false bottomwork or do you have something larger? Also how high does the center pipe come up as my spigot is so low. Can it be bent?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This false bottom is 11 3/4" wide, which will leave about 2.87" of the bottom uncovered on each side. I don't see this as a problem. We do not have a larger false bottom in any case.The height should also not be a problem. I have my spigot center at 1.75" from the bottom and it works perfectly. We sometimes use a stainless steel hose clamp . . .
2/16/2011 – I'm looking for a false bottom for my new setup. I'm constructing a HERMS using a keggle for my MLT. So I'm looking for a good false bottom. Im going to put my drain right on the bottom of the keggle though, but I still want to use the dip tube you have on this to hold the false bottom down so it doesnt float up. I will probably use this to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this false bottom will fit in the bottom of a keg quite well. It will easily hold up to 20 lbs of wet grain, and the pumping you describe. No worries. We can recommended it for your application, but not sure how the thermomoter stem would be adapted. That one is on you.
11/3/2010 – i currently brew extract...slowly getting what i need for all grain.... i use a converted 15.5 gallon keg,, is this the false bottom you would recommend for a converted keg??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this is the one. Be sure to get a brass compression fitting with it (link provided below) so that it will screw into a 1/2" NPT fitting on the keg.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
11/23/2008 – is a false bottom anything more special than a walmart purchased food strainer? conversly I read in the John Palmer book about making a manifold out of copper tubing and assume it sits on the bottom of the mash tun with grist over top of it; what size should the holes be driled in that manifold to allow water flow but not grist flow; and which . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Essentially, the false bottom or manifold arrangement is just a system that allows sweet wort to evenly drain thru it, while retaining the spent grain (while not clogging). It can be a simple strainer as elaborate as you like. A good one will allow your brewing to be efficient, in other words, allow for all of the starches in the grain to . . .
7/27/2008 – Love your store! Just finished my first all grain 5gal batch. My setup is all homemade. Picnic coolers and a copper manifold with slots cut in it. Long story short my sparge(4gal) took almost 4hrs! Did I mill my grain too much? Maybe it always takes that long, I mashed with 3gal, sparged with 4gal and wound up with 4gal of wort. My s.g. was . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that sounds like it could be the problem. Either that, or poor flow thru your slotted manifold/valve. You should crush your grains so that the husks are just barely cracked. Don't turn it into flour!A normal sparge should take perhaps an hour, maybe 1.5.
5/16/2008 – I'm thinking about trying my first all grain brew after a couple of extract batches which were delicious! I want to make sure that I have all the proper equipment. Currently I have a 7.5 gal brewpot with the spigot. I have all the necessary fermenting equipment, but what else do I need? False bottom, kettle screen, tubing? Can you set me up . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For all-grain brewing you will need a large brewpot, a false bottom/spigot arrangement for mashing the grains, and another brewpot to collect the sweet wort at the end of the mash for boiling. You will also need a means of sparging, i.e. applying hot water to the top of the grains in order to "rinse thru" the grains. In a nutshell that is . . .
4/19/2008 – I am looking for a good book to help answer some of the questions I have related to getting into all grain brewing. I have not yet acquired any equipment and was hoping I would find a book that would guide me into getting the "best" equipment necessary. There are a few titles I found on Chapters and Amazon, but wanted to check with you guys . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We like "How to Brew" by Palmer, or The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Papazian
4/1/2008 – I am looking to begin homebrewing and I plan on doing both extract and grain brewing. I would rather not have to invest in some stuff now and then have to "upgrade" later, so my question is what would you recommend as the optimal setup and how much would it cost? For example, should I get a brewpot with a spigot? Thanks! Your site is really . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The question "optimal setup" is a tough one to answer. It can be different for every brewer. Things like desired budget, batch size and desired beer styles make a single answer impossible.Stepping up to all-grain requires some equipment, most likely a larger brewpot. To ME (maybe not to you!), it is easier and more productive to make 10 . . .
1/30/2008 – 2- Part question: In all grain brewing, do both the brewing grains (2-row malt) and the specialty grains go into the mash tun? and, if thats the case, do you just add the hops to the brew kettle after you've collected the wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes and yes! I like the easy questions!!
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/30/2007 – I'm not exactly sure if I should get a kettle screen or a false bottom for my 15 gallon pot ??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Me either. To me, it's really a matter of preference and how you are using it. If you are a serious all-grain brewer, you might find the false bottom more rugged. If you are an extract, or extract with specialty grain brewer, and just want to filter hops out of the boil, you might prefer the kettle screen. Both products have their . . .
11/9/2007 – I ordered your 15 gal. brew pot,and the false bottom and temp. guage,also the ball valve. After mash and laudering, can I dump the wort back in the 15 gal. pot after I clean out the grain to boil, or will this be too much aerating of the wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly, you can do that. I would avoid any unnecessary splashing, is all. Siphon your wort if you can to avoid oxygenating it (called hot-side aeration).
9/4/2007 – i am looking into getting a brew kettle with the spigot installed. also i'm looking at getting the false bottom as well. Do i need the thru wall fitting that it shows with the false bottom or does the false bottom connect with the spigot? looking forward to brewing, thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will need the thru wall fitting with both. The false bottom screws into it from the inside, and so does the ball valve (spigot), from the outside (with a threaded nipple in between).
3/19/2007 – I'm using a converted Sanke keg for a boil kettle with a drain valve welded in near the bottom. I currently drain the kettle through a SS kitchen strainer into the top of a plastic conical fermenter to remove most of the hops and also aerate the wort. I figure if some of the hops get through it's no big deal since they'll settle out anyway . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can use it in that manner, no problem. Just make sure the extract gets thoroughly dissolved in the water, and doesn't drop to the bottom and scorch. Actually that is good practice anyway, and a false bottom will help with keeping it off the bottom.Another product that is good for screening your wort is the Kettle Screen. Links . . .
1/28/2007 – Can I use this jumbo straining bag to put in my brew pot during the steeping process to hold all of the grains for an all-grain brew and then to sparge just pull it up above the water and pour the sparging water through the grains so that the water just runs in with the rest of the water in the pot to continue from there? or is there a different . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this simple method can be used, but there are drawbacks you should be aware of.First, your mash water/grains will be VERY hot, say 150 deg F, which is much hotter than you can pick up with your bare hands. It will also be very heavy, so you need plan accordingly.Second, once the grain is in the straining bag, stirring is not easy . . .
1/16/2007 – I am going to be using a spigot with my new 9 gallon brew pot. What is the best way to screen the trub when transferring from the brew pot to the fermenter? Should I use a Kettle Screen? Will it fit in a 9 gallon pot? or would something else suffice? I was also wondering if there will be less aeration with the spigot and how can I keep my . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's a LOT of questions. We don't mind, but sometimes we have to wait to get to them. It's often better to ask the questions separately. That way we can categorize them for others to read. Glad you like your kit!I like to use a Kettle Screen for straining trub in the brewpot, but even if you didn't strain, there is no harm. The Kettle . . .
12/3/2006 – I just purchased the deluxe brewing equipment kit. Assuming I have nothing else, what will I need for all grain brewing?
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
9/3/2006 – Grain only brewing - I'm making a mash. Do I drain the wort as I sparge or what? Do I coook the mash then drain? I cant seem to find a step-by-step process for this
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Normally you drain the wort at the same time as you sparge it. Keeping about an inch or so sparge water on top of the grains during the process. A good reference is this book:
9/3/2006 – If I have a false bottom would I still need a kettle screen, or does the false bottom negate that?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You use either a false bottom OR a Kettle Screen. Not both.
8/20/2006 – I am looking at getting into all grain brewing and want to start with a stainless steel mash/lauter tun. I currently brew 5 gallon batches, but may want to increase to 10 gallon batches. If I purchase your 15 gallon brewpot with a brewmometer and spigot would this work for both 5 and 10 gallon batches?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly; but most brewers find that for the same amount of time, you might as well brew 10 (or more) gallons. Temperature control is also easier, due to the larger thermal mass (less temperature swing). Beside...who can't use MORE beer?
8/14/2006 – will the false bottom kit work well with the large (7 gal and up) stainless steel pots, i.e. will the dip tube fit into the inside of the spigot that can be installed into the brew pot? so, by purchasing a pot (with spigot installed) and the false bottom, will i be ready to use it for filtering/extracting the wort from the mash?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it works well with large pots, however, if it is very large, it will not cover the entire bottom, and will be offset somewhat from center. As far as I have seen, it makes no real difference in how it functions. Yes, if you purchase those options, it will be ready to use. You may want to tighten up the connections is all.
8/4/2006 – I am currently building my start up all grain kit on your website and I am just trying to clear up a few questions. Do you recommend the false bottom or the kettle screen for straining your mash? Also when ordering the deluxe kit can I substitute the plastic fermentor for an additional glass carboy? Lastly do you have to siphon with the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both the false bottom and the Kettle Screen work well. Some people prefer one over the other, is all. Myself, I like the Kettle Screen.Yes, we do substitutions to our equipment kits like that all the time. Just tell us what you what at the "Customer Comments" section at checkout, and we will make it happen. There will be an additional . . .
4/9/2006 – I want to try a single temp infusion all-grain brew. I have your 7.5 gallon brewpot with the spigot installed in the standard location. I beleive I could do this brew in my brewpot, but would need to order a false bottom and maybe a bazooka screen. Not sure from looking around how this would work. The only "hole" in my brewpot is for . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you just need either the Stainless Steel Kettle Screen or a False Bottom. Either one simply screws into the same thru-wall fitting that your spigot uses (only from the inside). You will need another pot to provide the heated sparge water to your mash. That can be done lots of different ways, from simply ladeling it in slowly, to using . . .
11/3/2005 – I am looking for an economic way to get into all grain brewing and need a false bottom for my converted sanke. Is the bazooka screen truly effective or am I better off with a full false bottom? What are the pro's / con's?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both work well for all-grain mashing. The false bottom may be slightly more efficient, but that is easily offset by using a little more grain. The false bottom is probably more durable (thicker, more rigid material) than the kettle screen. That's about it!
9/26/2005 – I am going to be doing an all-grain brew, and was wondering if I can put my grains into a grain bag or if I should just leave them loose?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, it depends on what equipment you have. You will need some way of holding back the grains while the liquid is drawn off. Usually brewers use a false bottom in their brewpot, or a Kettle Screen. If you don't have either, then a nylon straining bag will do, but the grains need to be loose, and you will need to leave room for stirring and . . .
9/19/2005 – Can you use a stainless false bottom during the boil to be used as a hop back for draining wort after the boil?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be used this way with leaf hops, but not with pellet hops. Pellet hops break up too finely to be "screened" out. Even with leaf hops, SOME hop residue will make it thru. A more effective device for screening leaf hops is the Kettle Screen. It has a finer mesh screen, and holds back more leaf hop residue. I still wouldn't use it . . .
7/15/2005 – I just ordered a pot with a 1/2" Thru wall fitting installed for a ball valve. My question is what should i put on the inside to keep all the loose hops from draining through into my fermenter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you are using leaf hops, it's easy just to throw them into a hop bag, and remove them after the boil. Here is a link to that product.Another way (with leaf hops) is to use a false bottom kit or a mesh kettle screen inside your brew kettle.When using pellet hops, straining out the residue is usually not effective. Most brewers just . . .
7/5/2005 – I have been making 5 gallon extract kits for some time now and have all of the necessary equipment. However, I want to begin all grain brewing (5 gallons at a time). What additional equipment would you recommend? I have a three hundred dollar budget and I don't want to buy additional equipment in the future.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would invest in at least one more brew pot, preferably two, one with a false bottom. Bigger is better.see below
4/15/2005 – I will be attaching the dip tube to Zymico's weldless bulkhead on a converted sankey keg. Is the dip tube correctly measured from the threads of the bulkhead or will it need to be cut? Sounds like the fitting will need to be purchased separately?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The dip tube has lots of room to allow for placement. You shouldn't have to cut it. Sometimes a small hose clamp is used on the dip tube to hold the screen firmly to the bottom (to restrict vertical movement).A 3/8 Comp. X 1/2? Pipe thread fitting can be used to connect the dip tube to the side wall fitting. If you let us know you need . . .
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
3/10/2004 – Can I use my converted keg as a mash/lauter tun with the stainless steel false bottom kit and still apply heat to the keg during the mash (if needed)? I have read that you can't heat grist during the mash with a stainless steel false bottom.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nonsense. That's what it's for! If you use a plastic mash/lauter tun, of course that's different.You'll need to stir the mash, of course, to distribute the heat evenly.
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