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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby perdido » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:10 pm

What thickness ss wire are you using? I've tried with bicycle spokes but I can't place 3 clips and have it fit inside the mash pipe :(
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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby HopSong » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:16 pm

If you have a local small airport close to you, I would bet that any aircraft mechanic would be willing to give you a meter of the SS wire they use to secure nuts on airplanes. I have a roll from my father-in-law that would last a lifetime..

It is called 'lock wire' .. locking the nuts to the bolts. Any respectable hardware store will also carry it. I don't know metric.. but in the US it is about 0.020 to 0.040"

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Dicko » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:13 pm

Go to a welders shop and ask for a length of .9mm stainless steel mig welding wire. That will do the job.

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Cervantes » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:14 pm

I can't remember where I got the wire now.

I had it kicking around in the shed and was using it for the wire loops when I cast my own fishing sinkers.

Pretty sure that any decent hardware store should have some.

It's certainly a lot thinner than bicycle spokes though. About the same as a paper clip.
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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby perdido » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:36 pm

Thank you for the ideas. I have a friend who welds TIG with ss rods. I'll ask him for a couple of spare ss rods. Alternatively, solid copper wire is an option.
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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby royco » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:42 pm

Just an observation; with wear the centre hole in the mesh can get slightly enlarged. I happened to look through the water before adding malt and could see at least 4 holes not covered by the mesh. For this reason the clip idea is good.
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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Lac » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:09 am

I use a piece of tubing ( 8mm outside and 4 mm inside) which is cut lengthwise to be put on the edge and keeps it together.

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Lindh » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:33 pm

I bought the sam 1mm tubing that other swedish BM-users are using but it couldn't fit in my BM50 malt pipe. Last time I brewed I tried some homemade clips and it kept the filters together nicely:

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby pmac » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:39 am

Last brew I just used some office paperclips and they did the trick fine.

Ideally would get some SS wire but didn't have any on hand (I of course removed them after the brew as they would rust).
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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Dicko » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:11 am

OK so I must have too much time on my hands :D but yesterday I decided to do a little modification that has been on my mind for a while.

I found that when I wanted to lift the top screen from the malt pipe to stir the mash I found that 9 times out of ten the wire screen would either get caught on the thread of the centre rod and drop back on top of the mash or, if using the rubber to secure it then it would dislodge the rubber and I would have to re configure the whole screen and rubber again. This usually involved having to clean all the grain from the screens for re assembly.

What I did was I went to the local marine chandlery shop and bought 4 x 5 mm stainless screws and washers and wing nuts to suit.

I measured the spacings equally around the solid plate and drilled out 4 holes to 5 mm (they are currently 3 mm).
I then got a tapered centre punch and pushed it through the light mesh screen in line with the holes that I had drilled and stopped pushing when the hole in the mesh was 5 mm.
I bolted the mesh to the solid screen and refitted my rubber seal and there you have it. A now secure screen that is relatively easy to dis assemble for cleaning but wont fall to pieces if it is lifted from the mash.

I could have bought 3 mm screws but I considered them too small to handle with my big fingers :lol:

Anyway a picture tells a thousand words. :)

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Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Nesto » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:47 am

Dicko - that looks fantastic. Do you still take it all apart to clean?
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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby zoigl » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:01 am

I like my old cloth original filter. I made a couple of mods, the sink strainer in the middle, and a string edging, works like a dream.
This is the first time that I have attempted to attach a photo, so he is hoping? looks like it didn't work.. any suggestions?

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby BrauTim » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:16 am

Very nice, now all you need is a handle (or two) !

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Dicko » Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:24 pm

Nesto wrote:Dicko - that looks fantastic. Do you still take it all apart to clean?



Hi nesto,
Yes, I will take it apart for cleaning if required.
I am hoping a jet of water from the hose will blow all the spent grain from the screen but in reality I do think that there may be small pieces of grain stuck between the solid plate and the screen.
It will only take a few seconds to pull apart so it wont be any trouble.

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Re: Clip mesh screen to Filter Plate

Unread postby Dicko » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:45 pm

Well I used this yesterday and I will say that it made lifting the screen very easy.

I cleaned it afterwards with a nozzle fitted to a garden hose and it blew all but a couple of husks from the screen.
I will leave it assembled until dry and blow those husks out with compressed air.

I will say that I am very happy. :D

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