Q: I have a 50L keg converted to a mash tun. Internal diameter is a 15 1/4". Others have notice a bit of room on standard US kegs, is there enough wiggle room that I can make this fit?
A: The outer edge of the false bottom plates would be 15 3/8" so while possible it might work on a keg with a more narrow inner diameter would best use on a keg with the wider ID to make sure the plates can be properly added into and removed from the keg
Q: Is this to be used in the boil kettle / Keg? More to the point can it?
A: while it would fit into a boil keg boil kettle, the false bottoms intended design is for a mash tun set up and would not be guaranteed to work in a boil kettle set up
Q: I am currently designing and acquiring parts to switch to all grain. Using 16 gallon keggles for both the brew pot, & mash tun, and an 8 gallon Keg for the hot liquor tank. It will be a HERMS system, using a 25 foot 1/2" HERMS coil, the Blichmann Auto Sparge, and the Blickmann Rip Tide pump. The Mash tun will have a 1/2" NPT bung welded on the bottom as a bottom drain. I'm wondering if the 1/2" lines will be ok if I throttle the pump down with the integrated flow adjustment, or would I be better off with a standard domed false bottom? Thank you for your help!
A: You should be able to run the pump, with restriction on the 1/2" valves as this is a common practice with this false bottom type on a rims or herms system
Q: How snug should the false bottom be? I feel like there is a fraction of space between the 2 plates as well as between the 2 plates and the keg wall. Can you post a pic/video of whatbit should look like?
A: This may happen from time to time as kegs will vay a bit in the width depending on the wear and tear of the keg. The inner two flaps or tabs, can be bent outward slaightly which will push the false bottom outward towards the sidewall of the keg to fit snugly into the opening for a better fit.
Q: What is the clearance for my spigot going out? I’m 2 ¼ inch off the bottom of the keg. Will ur fb clear that?
A: The supports measure 2.5" tall so if your coupling on the kettle for the valve is 2.25" it should clear
Q: If this false bottom isn't made for 1/2" tubing, what other options are there for keggle systems that have 1/2" tubing and hardware already installed throughout the system?
A: Currently the pico bottom needs more restriction on the draw from the kettle to limit compaction of the bottom. This would be the only current keggle false bottom we provide at this time
Q: I currently have the pico false bottom and I’m planning on adding a pump for recirculating the mlt. Will a 115v chugger pump be safe to use? Also what is the suggested tubing id size to use?
A: The 11v chugger would work just fine for re circulation. Either a 1/2" ID tubing or 3/*" would work fine on this type of system
Q: I purchased the keggle and pico from you and getting ready to use for first time. So if my normal recipe uses 4 gallons of water do I have to use extra to account for the space under the bottom? And if so won't this lower the gravity? Any brewing instructions on your site for using this system?
A: There will be about 2 gallons of "Dead loss" underneeth the false bottom that will need to be calculated into the water used for sparging. If you are recirculating you would not have to account for loss in efficiency so long as the wort is being pushed back through the grain bed continually. Most brewing software now does have a function to be added when using a keggle with a false bottom to allow for the dead space in your water and gravity calculations
Q: I already have a welded keg that I'd rather not modify. The ball valve is too high to work with this false bottom. Is it possible to order one of these with a hole for the dip tube in the center (or slightly off-center so only one plate needs to have a hole). If not is the material thick enough that I could drill a hole myself without bending everything all to heck?
A: the false bottom supports and screen can be modified to adapt a dip tube. We have not tested the screens with any modifications to know the results, and any mods made after shipping would void the warranty or return of the product.
Q: Do you recommend this with a herms system or just recirculate in the mash tun? Thanks
A: This system can be run with a HERMS coil if you prefer, but this would be up to the user. Typically most brewers just use this system as a RIMS as modifying the HLT wouldn't be needed at that time.
Q: Understand to only use 3/8 barb and tubing on discharge. Can I use 5/8 barb on inlet of pump? I u
A: It shouldn't be a problem as the biggest thing you want to avoid is too heavy of a vacuum being created by the pump that can compact the false bottom and cause a stuck sparge
Q: In the picture the port is in the corner of the stand, will the wort be drawn more from that one area rather than than entire area of false bottom?
A: The wort will be drawn from the entire bottom area of your kettle
Q: Hello! Two questions. Will this false bottom clear ball valve on the keggles with ball valve your currently selling for $99 and secondly, is it recommend to place thermometer probe above or below the false bottom? Using as mash tun. Thank you!
A: This will fit on *most* keggles with the couplers welded on. I recommend leaving us a note or giving us a call before or after ordering so we can make sure to add the special instructions to make sure we grab a keggle that will work with this Pico False Bottom. I recommend installing the thermometer above the false bottom if you are using it for mashing as this will be the most important temperature that you will want to monitor. Cheers!
Q: I am looking for a false bottom for my keggle that would help keep the hop pellet particles from clogging my drain valve. The drain valve (weldless) is installed at the lowest point without a dip tube. I feel the PICO False Bottom will clear the valve but will it help reduce the hop particles making it to the drain valve after the boil? I do BIAB if it helps better understand where I'm coming from. Thank you!
While it may help to reduce some of the pellet matter at the bottom of a kettle during draw off, we do not recommend these false bottoms for use in a boil kettle, and to be used in a mash tun set up only. The false bottom is help down only by gravity and by the weight of a mash to be held in place. During the boil the false bottom can be lifter slightly or dislodged by the evaporation at the bottom of the kettle, and would not provide and efficient filter
Q: I see that the center of the support is taller than the edge of the support to accommodate the curvature of the keg bottom. Does the 2.25" height measure at the center or the edge? My outlet port is just under 2.25" from the edge, but well over that from the center of the keg. If it doesn't fit, may I return it for a refund?
A: The 2.25" is in the center of the support. Gonna be a tough call without trying it out!
Yes you can absolutely return it if it's unused and doesn't fit. All you will be responsible for is return shipping cost.