Hey there brewers!
I'm David (seem to be a few of us on this site), and live in Denver, Colorado, USA. Been brewing for a few years, and mostly that was extract and partial grain. I've recently downsized from 5 gal batches to 2-2.5 gal. I travel a lot for work, and frankly wouldn't get to brew too many batches. 5 gal is a lot of beer, when your not around to drink it.
In addition to down sizing my batches, I wanted to move into all grain, and BIAB is a great way to do this. I can just about do a 2 gal batch (by the math) on the stove top. If I'm doing anything larger, or with a heavy grain bill, I've got to use the 8 gal pot on the propane.
That leads me to where I am today. I'm trying to find out what kind of height I should really have for a false bottom. I'm using a Bayou Classic 8 gal pot. They make a traditional false bottom for the pot https://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/produ ... on-800-908
, but it sits 3" (7.62 cm) from the base of the kettle. This would mean the that a portion of the water (1.5 gal / 5.68 l) would not be in direct contact with the grain. Is this a problem, or will it affect the outcome much? Should I construct a shorter false bottom, and what is the ideal height?
Looking forward to your replies. Found this site while looking for information on BIAB and listening to the BeerSmith podcast. (I do have BeerSmith) Lots of great information on the site, and it looks to be an active community.