12″ Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen with 1/2″ MPT Fitting

12″ Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen with 1/2″ MPT Fitting

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  • mesh tube replaces false bottom in a mash tun
  • Excellent for straining out leaf hops in the boil kettle
  • Overall length is 12 inches; 1/2″ male pipe threads

This stainless mesh tube can be used in the boil kettle to filter out whole hops from your valve or chiller. It can also be used in a mash tuna in place of a false bottom to effectively separate wort from the grain. Requires a 1/2″ female coupler to attach to kettles.

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J. S. Carr

50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Solid kettle filtration, particularly for whole leaf hops, June 14, 2011
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This review is from: 12″ Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen with 1/2″ MPT Fitting (Misc.)
This is a screen for people who want to modify their brew kettle to avoid clogs when draining their chilled wort. The long screen gives plenty of surface area to allow liquid intake even after some hops stick to it (unlike a small screen over just the exit hole which will quickly clog from even a small amount of hops material).

The screen resists crushing from the output pressure, which would pinch the tube shut and render much of its length useless. In other words, when there is hops stuck to the screen near the exit point the tube will stay open and allow the screen to still draw in liquid from progressively further down the tube.

If you use a lot of pelletized hops you *may* find you can get clogs anyway if there is enough hops matter to clog the screen all the way to the end. I don’t typically hop very heavily, nor am I boiling for bigger than 5 gallon batches, but I’ve heard this is no guarantee. One solution is to silver solder two of these screens to a T connection so that you have a screen along the edge on both sides of your output, which obviously doubles the amount of material that can be filtered before clogging. Another reason to do this beside that obvious one (or to at least put it on an elbow if you only want / need 1 screen) is it keeps the input away from the center of your kettle. That way after your wort chills you can stir it into a whirlpool so the cold break collects in the center and be able to get a lot more clear wort before the coagulated proteins head for you fermenter.

I do not personally recommend this screen for your mash tun, or at least my (round) mash tun. I’m of the school that a false bottom will provide better efficiency, as sparge water will pull through the entire grain bed more evenly. I do know there are brewers who do just fine with a screen though so you’ll have to evaluate what’s going to work for your specific tun.

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Captain Llama

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Buy!, September 15, 2011
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This review is from: 12″ Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen with 1/2″ MPT Fitting (Misc.)
I purchased this to use in my 10 gallon rubbermaid cooler mash tun, and it works great! I’ve used it to brew 4-5 times now, and it is incredible easy to use. I purchased it because I was not yet ready to lay down the cash for a false bottom, but now I don’t know if I’ll ever switch.

It is also very easy to clean. I just run water through the inside, then let it dry. When dried I just shake off the excess grain, and wait till the next brew. Very solid purchase.

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cookinwood

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome product! Period., January 10, 2012
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This review is from: 12″ Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen with 1/2″ MPT Fitting (Misc.)
I have been using these screens for two years. I have them installed on 2 pots (mash tun and boil kettle) I have brewed at least 100 batches with this set up and never came across stuck mash or screen clogs as mentioned by the 2 star rating. I am buying new ones because they wore out over time, they served their purpose handily and for $15-20 every 2 years, I can deal with that over a $180-200 false bottom that will do the same thing. All I have to say to the 2 star rating is slow down your transfer rate and you will not get stuck screens.
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