I use a SABCO false bottom, just like you see above. For me, as a beginner, it was well worth the money, as it freed me up to worry about other things. It works great. Never had a stuck mash. Once in a while I will get a couple grains through. I cant see how it is going around the sides because it fits tight, but it does. I started putting a musilin bag at the end of my tubing to catch any grains before they hit the BK, but its never much at all.
All my fittings are welded. IMHO, it was also well worth the money, as the welds are perminant, and you will never have to worry about it leaking over time. Do the math on parts and labor to weld vs. weldless, and depending on how much you are getting charged for the welding (i got several offers under $50 for 13 welds), it might be a wash.
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KEG 1 - Griff's Amarillo Pale Ale
KEG 2 - Christmas in Ireland Stout
KEG 3 - Bee Cave Hefewiezen
KEG 4 - Orange Honey Hefeweizen
KEG 5 - Dead Guy Clone
BOTTLED - SNPA Clone
Old Frothingslosh, the pale stale ale with the foam on the bottom, brewed from hippity-hops on the banks for the Upper Crudney in Lower Slobbovia.