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.
I’ve used these products for a while now and can elaborate a bit more on their workings. The summary: I really like the sieve sheets, I really do not like the springer filter.
First, let’s start with the good. The sieves work really well and hold up a lot better than the original sieve shields. After using them 2.5 years they still are not unraveling and they keep their shape well. There is a small issue with them being a bit smaller than the original shields. Because they are smaller the top screen tends to leak some grains on the sides. I fixed this by adding a cheap silicone edging strip around the sieve and mash screen. Verdict: great product.
Next, the not so good. The springer filter sounds great in theory, but in practice it slows down the extraction from the Braumeister down to a crawl. The springer filter does not only seem to filter out hop particles but also blocks the flow of wort into the fermenter. The result is that it takes ages to transfer the wort – to the extent of the ridiculousness. I’ve tried pellets, whole hops, original Braumeister tap, replacement tap, different kind of grain bills.. but to no avail. The flow gets slow or stuck in every case. Verdict: not recommended.
In the end I bought a cheap hop spider. This does a great job – even if it’s perhaps a bit tricky to clean. If you are considering the springer filter I urge you to look at this solution which is cheaper and works better for all of my use cases.