I have been following a thread on the Braumeisters forum (here) for a while. Like some others on this forum I share the disappointment with the quality of the mesh sieve screens that come with the Speidel Braumeister 20 litre. The edges of the sieve tend to unravel and my fingers keep getting caught in the sharp threads. For such an expensive machine you would expect a bit more thought to have gone into some parts. A company called BacBrewing (link) makes custom sieve replacements that should fix this problem. At least that’s what I think because I speak zero Italian.
A slightly less frustrating issue is that there is always quite some wort with trub left on the bottom of the Braumeister after every brew. Also, even with the official hop filter I still have hops stuck in my tap. When I was browsing BacBrewing’s other products I saw that they also sell a so-called springer filter. It looked like a great solution for a small annoyance. I decided to order two custom sieves and the springer filter. This afternoon the DHL delivery guy paid me a visit with my order from Italy. I wanted to share my initial unboxing impressions. I will only be able to give a more substantial review after using them for a brew or two.
I will start with the springer filter. The springer attachment piece has a nice hefty feel to it. It is made of stainless steel and has three screws. The screws on the side will lock in the springer tube and the top one blocks off the top of the tap. They feel less substantial, but they will do the job.
The placement of the tap on the Braumeister requires you to tilt forward the Braumeister quite a bit to get the last few litres of wort. Hopefully the springer filter will help with this. Even more importantly I hope to retire the official Speidel hop filter. Attaching the official filter means that the stainless steel hood does not fit on perfectly anymore and steam is escaping from the side. I feel a bit sorry for spending good money for the Speidel hop filter and hope this solution will serve me better.
Next: the sieves. I will start with the slightly disappointing part; the sieves are not perfectly cut. As the picture below shows there are some slightly uneven edges. Admittedly, this particular part of the two filters was the worst offender, but still slightly annoyed me.
The sieves are apparently a version 2.0. Fransesco at BacBrewing told me that these have a bit wider mesh when compared to the earlier version that will increase the flow of the Braumeister pump. The mesh is still more narrow than the original sieves that come with the Braumeister. Below I have posted a picture that shows the difference well.
The sieve looks like it will hold up better than the original and not peel as much. I will of course not know until I start using them, so hopefully I will be able to take these new parts for a test drive soon. If anyone has questions or wants me to pay special attention to something I would be happy to take requests.