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Old 12-13-2008, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default Potential dirt cheap false bottom???

I have been bouncing the idea around in my head for awhile and I think I have convinced myself I could get away with using something like this for a wicked cheap false bottom:

Amazon.com: AirBake by WearEver Nonstick 15-3/4-Inch Perforated Pizza Pan: Home & Garden

It doesn't necessarily have to be this particular one, in fact it could be one with out holes so that I could drill it myself with a really small diameter. What do you all think? I say its worth a try for $10.

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Old 12-13-2008, 05:09 AM   #2
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I say give it a shot.... that is assuming that the pizza pan is a good fit in your mash tun....

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Old 12-13-2008, 05:11 AM   #3
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Yeah, there are a ton of different sizes so I can find one that fits the contour well at the bottom. I was even thinking of getting a 16" diameter and cutting it down the center and hinging it so I can remove it easily for cleaning.

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Old 12-13-2008, 06:27 AM   #4
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Find one that fits correctly and already has holes if it's non-stick. Once you comprise that coating, it will continually flake off. You will then have little bits of toxic coating in your beer.

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Old 12-13-2008, 07:07 AM   #5
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The lower hole count plus wider spacing with the rim without holes I bet a 10" FB would flow as well. The only thing is the lower price but is it worth the trouble? It needs to be cut and hinged to fit unless your using a pot vs a keggle. A larger one cut down to 15 3/4" to just fit with holes to the edge and hinged might work to add the most amount of drain holes. Labors is free when it's a project you like. Go to plan "B" if it fails and buy a 15 3/4" hinged FB if needed.

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It needs to be cut and hinged to fit unless your using a pot vs a keggle.
I've seen other brewers put notches in their keggles- That way, you can insert the screen vertically into the keggle via the notches, and not have to worry about hinging. Hope this helps!
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Find one that fits correctly and already has holes if it's non-stick. Once you comprise that coating, it will continually flake off. You will then have little bits of toxic coating in your beer.
Ahhh, good advice. I didn't even notice if it said it was non-stick or not.

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The only thing is the lower price but is it worth the trouble?
It's always worth the trouble! I love working on my HERMS setup and don't mind putting in the extra effort if I can design something that suits my system better. I missed out on Jay's false bottoms and I hear those work several times better then the commercially available ones.

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I've seen other brewers put notches in their keggles- That way, you can insert the screen vertically into the keggle via the notches, and not have to worry about hinging. Hope this helps! .
Thanks for the suggestion, however I have already wrapped up my kegs with good insulation and then coated them with a roll-on bed liner. I would hate to have to carve their pretty faces up.
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:04 PM   #8
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i used one of those in my 10 gal round cooler forever until i actually made a copper manifold....they work great....just wedged it in the bottom....you might have to use a wine corkscrew to get it out when you are done.

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Old 12-13-2008, 02:14 PM   #9
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That one has teflon on it....try to get one without teflon. You would hate when that stuff starts to scrap off or break down to get into your beer.

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If it's teflon coated, it's probably just plain steel sheeting underneath. Horrible idea. It would be cheaper in the long run to buy some perforated stainless sheet and cut the circle yourself.

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