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    False bottoms


    So let's talk false bottoms.. What is everyone using? I managed to burn my brand new bag and hop bag this morning when I brewed my Dunkel Hefeweizen. so yay me.

    I would like to not repeat having to scoop grain out of the boil kettle. I've heard of people using stainless steel colianders or braai grids. Need Ideas lads coz I aint burning any other bags.

    Also I'm using a cheap plastic boil kettle while I'm waiting for my urn, seems I managed to break it on the second brew. The boil Dry protection is always triggered now, Guess who had to hold the button in for an hour so I could get my beer made. Any one know how to bypass it easily?

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    I use a teapot stand. I dunno if it's SS, but it's been working for a long time. Places like Mr Price Home should have.

    Regarding that boil kettle, I fixed mine by opening up the thing, removing the spring that pushes it out, pushed it in and stuffing it with Pratley Steel Epoxy. So now it's glued into the "keep boiling, dammit" position. It works. Mine also broke after the second boil or so, kept clicking off when the water hit something silly like 45C.

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    Don't know why I have never had the boil dry cutout issue with my two blue boilbuckets whereas others have. I must have gotten lucky.

    On the false bottom, I used grids and colanders but felt they took up to much space, so eventually replaced it with a small laser cut grid that just clips around the element itself. Been happy with that so far.
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    I hade this made by by puresteel in Killarney gardens for R230 (I think). 30cm diameter and stainless. Added a couple of bolts and it works great so far.






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    Quote Originally Posted by BackOffMyBrew View Post
    Use a bucket, I'm never looking back


    https://www.wortsandall.co.za/showth...ll=1#post30160
    I'm keen to experiment with this, but by urn's diameter is juuust too narrow for a normal 25l plastic bucket to clear the widest top piece of the bucket. I'm going to have to try and trim down a bucket. Did you ever try a bucket with just drilled holes or do you go straight for that metal false bottom insert?

    Quote Originally Posted by Langchop View Post
    Don't know why I have never had the boil dry cutout issue with my two blue boilbuckets whereas others have. I must have gotten lucky.

    On the false bottom, I used grids and colanders but felt they took up to much space, so eventually replaced it with a small laser cut grid that just clips around the element itself. Been happy with that so far.
    That sounds interesting - how is it held in place? Does it clip to the actual element? Or does it just clip in place around the element?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikusj View Post
    I hade this made by by puresteel in Killarney gardens for R230 (I think). 30cm diameter and stainless. Added a couple of bolts and it works great so far.
    That looks great
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikusj View Post
    Did you ever try a bucket with just drilled holes or do you go straight for that metal false bottom insert?


    I went straight for the BM20 parts. I was lucky they fitted perfectly in the bucket and the bucket in turn with the urn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikusj View Post
    I hade this made by by puresteel in Killarney gardens for R230 (I think). 30cm diameter and stainless. Added a couple of bolts and it works great so far.






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    That looks awesome, and they are fairly close to me so can just pop round and get it sorted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rikusj View Post
    I'm keen to experiment with this, but by urn's diameter is juuust too narrow for a normal 25l plastic bucket to clear the widest top piece of the bucket. I'm going to have to try and trim down a bucket. Did you ever try a bucket with just drilled holes or do you go straight for that metal false bottom insert?



    That sounds interesting - how is it held in place? Does it clip to the actual element? Or does it just clip in place around the element?
    +1 what he asked.

    I like the bucket idea as well was just not keen on spending almost 1k on the SS Grid from beer plus.

    you guys are quite nifty with the figuring out DIY solutions, If it doesn't come with a keyboard I'm a bit lost

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    It doesnt really clip, but because I sized it smaller than planned it actually landed up a nice sliding fit. But it stays in place by virtue of how it "hooks" over the round element.
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    Cheers,
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