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Old 03-26-2007, 06:00 PM   #1
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(*with the purchase of a tin of popcorn)


Next time your aunty gets you a tin of popcorn for a holiday, take the lid and poke a bunch of holes in it with a hammer and a small nail. Then toss it in the bottom of your round cooler. Voila! You have a free false bottom!!!


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Old 03-26-2007, 06:03 PM   #2
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Sounds a little low rent to me. Tin?

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Old 03-26-2007, 06:07 PM   #3
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Sounds a little low rent to me. Tin?
First of all, it's called a "tin" that is not a reference to it's elemental makeup, it's just what folks around here call them. I'm sure it's actually thin-walled steel. Secondly...

Low Rent? You think it's low rent??!!! If you think it's low rent, then buy yourself a tin of gourmet caramel popcorn, Mr. hoity-toity!

Seriously, I agree, but I just threw a lid from an old tin of popcorn into the bottom of a bucket and it fit almost too perfectly! Who cares what it looks like if it works? I mean, a lot of folks think copper manifolds are ugly... that is, until they see how beautifully they work!!!

Something sitting at the bottom of an MLT strikes me as one of those items where function is more important than form. I mean, really, do you use expensive faucet handles to let wort out of your MLT? Who cares? It's an easy false bottom that you can make for free and you can make a ton of them to optimize them and find the best design. I'm sure anybody who spent $20-30 to buy one from their local LHBS is perfectly happy with their purchase, but as I see it, not everybody has $20 burning a hole in their pocket.

Personally, I have a copper manifold setup and I'm pretty happy with it so far, but that doesn't mean I'm unwilling to experiment with other methods. And if I'm experimenting with other methods, I don't really see a reason to waste $20. And why should I, when this method is free?
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:21 PM   #4
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:25 PM   #5
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Do you REALLY think that a flimsy tin dish with holes punched in it is going to hold up? I seriously doubt it. I don't see Yuri adding this to his DIY list any time soon - lol

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Old 03-26-2007, 07:26 PM   #6
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I would be concerned about dissolving iron from the cheap steel they use. Wort is moderately acidic.

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Old 03-26-2007, 07:26 PM   #7
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Seriously, I agree, but I just threw a lid from an old tin of popcorn into the bottom of a bucket and it fit almost too perfectly!
I was a bit confused until you threw in the word "bucket" and then I understood how it worked.

Everyone that still uses buckets for mashing raise your hands....
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:38 PM   #8
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If it were made of aluminum, copper, or stainless, I'd agree with it as being a reasonable DIY solution but I don't want any plain steel touching my wort.

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I don't see Yuri adding this to his DIY list any time soon - lol
Probably not...but not because it's a terrible idea. I just don't need another false bottom at the moment (and I'd rather buy perforated stainless...but that gets expensive, so it doesn't meet the spirit of this thread).

For the remainder of this post, the word, "tin," means cheap metal container, not a metal alloy or chemical element.

I've seen some of those tins rust, but if you could determine that your tin is made of a corrosion prohibiting material such as stainless steel, break out the drill, and have at it!
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:52 PM   #10
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I'd be concerned about corrosion too. Although, you could make 'Lock-jaw Porter' if you got enough rust in it.

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