I have a 10 gallon Igloo cooler that I use for my MLT. I have a braid attached to my valve for filtering out the grain bits and it does a decent job. However, sometimes when I am stirring the mash I know I am lifting the braid up and who knows where it is at by the time I start running off the wert.
A while back I saw a post for a DIY false bottom and I thought maybe I could modify the concept a little and get something really simple but effective. I bought a 12" pizza pan (click here) and I'm going to drill a thousand holes in this puppy. Next I am going to nip out a mouse hole on the edge so the pan will fit down over top of my valve fitting & braid.
All I'm looking for the pan to do is let the wert flow in and keep my mash paddle from knocking the braid around. The braid will still be my filter and with the holes in the pan I figure I'll get a better flow of the wert through the grain bed.
What do you think, any flaws to the plan?