for Choosing a Jaybird False Bottom
and Associated Options
from NorCal Brewing Solutions
The majority of Jaybird false bottoms have common components and options available:
· The false bottom itself
· Optional handle (or 2 handles)
· Optional hinge
· Optional Integrated Stand <or> Optional Separate Stand
· Optional hole for dip tube
To enable you to make the best false bottom choice, each component and option is explained in detail:
· All Jaybird false bottoms are heavy duty 16 gauge perforated 304 stainless steel, with 3/32” holes on 5/32” centers.
· When used in a mash lauter tun, a Jaybird false bottom produces maximum sugar extraction efficiency while allowing a minimum amount of grain particles to pass through to the holes.
· When used in a boil kettle, a Jaybird false bottom filters hops and adjuncts (orange peels, coriander seeds, etc.) away from dip tube and vessel’s exit port.
· Handles allow for versatile insertion and removal of the false bottom in one easy motion. Save your fingernails!
· Handles are 304 stainless steel, and are permanently welded to the top side of the false bottom.
· Select up to 2 handles in the drop-down menu:
o One handle: Handle is mounted 2.5 to 3 inches in from the edge of the false bottom. If there is a hinge (see “Optional Hinge” section) on the false bottom the handle is welded parallel to the hinge.
o Two handles: 2 handles are welded to the false bottom directly opposite and parallel to each other, 2.5 to 3 inches in from the outside edge of the false bottom.
§ If a hinge is added to the false bottom the handles are welded to the false bottom directly opposite and parallel to each other – and parallel to the hinge – 2.5 to 3 inches in from the outside edge of the false bottom.
· If the vessel has a manway or other opening that is smaller in diameter than the false bottom diameter, a hinge must be added to the false bottom.
o A hinge allows the false bottom to be inserted through the opening, then folded open and laid flat once inside.
· Hinge runs down the center of the false bottom, and is slightly shorter than the diameter of the false bottom.
o On false bottoms < 12 inches in size, a single hinge run is used. On larger false bottoms 2 hinges are used; one above the center of the false bottom and one below.
o If a dip tube hole (see “Optional Hole” section) is added the hinge(s) do not impede the hole.
· Hinge is welded to the BOTTOM side of the false bottom, giving it extra support.
o If a stand is added (see “Optional Stand” section) the hinge is welded to the TOP side of the false bottom. This allows the stand to fit nice and flat against the bottom of the false bottom, offering the ultimate in weight support.
· “Dead space” is required between the false bottom and the vessel’s physical bottom. A stand must be used under the false bottom to lift the false bottom off the vessel floor, providing the necessary dead space
· Stands are made from the same heavy duty 16 gauge 304 stainless steel material as the false bottom. They support A LOT of weight, offer additional filtration, and help prevent grain particles or trub material from entering the dip tube / exit port.
· Standard stand height is 2 inches tall. Selecting a taller or shorter stand height increases the price of the stand.
· Stands come in two different types: INTEGRATED, and SEPARATE:
o An INTEGRATED STAND is a round stand permanently welded to the false bottom. It is centered on the false bottom and inset 1 - 1.5 inches from the false bottom’s outer edge all the way around, with possibly an opening for the vessel’s exit port and associated plumbing (see below for further explanation).
§ INTEGRATED STAND cannot be used with a hinged false bottom!
o A SEPARATE STAND is a round stand completely separate and un-attached to the false bottom. It is designed to manually be placed under the false bottom, inset 1 - 1.5 inches from the false bottom’s outer edge all the way around.
§ SEPARATE STAND works perfectly well with a hinged false bottom. If a hinge is added to the false bottom the hinge is automatically welded to the TOP side of the false bottom.
· Select a stand height that places the false bottom either ABOVE the exit port, or BELOW the exit port:
o Placing the false bottom ABOVE the exit port:
§ PRO: Eliminates the need for a dip tube going through the false bottom (see “Optional Hole” section). If you add an INTEGRATED stand it will have a 1.5” opening built into the stand to allow room for the vessel’s exit port and associated plumbing.
§ CON: Reduces the amount of volume remaining in the vessel above the false bottom.
o Placing the false bottom BELOW the exit port:
§ PRO: Allows more volume in the vessel above the false bottom.
§ CON: Requires a dip tube, and a hole in the false bottom for the dip tube to pass through (see “Optional Hole” section).
· Select the desired height of the INTEGRATED STAND or SEPARATE STAND through the pull-down menus.
· A hole is required in the false bottom if the false bottom sits BELOW the vessel’s exit port. A dip tube passes through the hole.
· Standard hole size is 1/2 inch in diameter, which accommodates a 1/2 inch (outer diameter) dip tube.
· You can specify the size and location of the hole in the Shopping Cart Text Box Area.
SHOPPING CART TEXT BOX AREA:
Use the text box area of the Shopping Cart to give further instructions on the options you choose. For example, you can specify hole size and location (“Drill 3/4 inch hole in the middle”), etc.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR VESSEL TO GET THE EXACT SIZE OF THE FALSE BOTTOM YOU NEED:
The video below (from our YouTube channel) shows how to precisely measure a vessel to determine the size of the false bottom you need.
Video: How to Measure a Kettle for Proper False Bottom Size
WHAT IS AN INTEGRATED STAND?
The video below (from our YouTube channel) shows how integrated stand false bottoms work.
Video: Integrated Stand False Bottoms
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