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Old 01-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default Some help with False Bottoms

Hey guys, need some help. This is the 10G cooler I have, or something similar:

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I'm looking to buy a false bottom, and I'm thinking this is the right one (12"):

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My question is a two-parter: 1) Is this the right false bottom? If not, which do I need? and 2) What kind of hosing/connections do I need to connect this to the spigot on the cooler?

And any other tips would help! Thanks!

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Old 01-05-2012, 02:41 AM   #2
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Yea i just made mine. 10g rubbermaid cooler with the 12" bottom. Fits nice. You can buy a bulk head and valve (i imagine northern brewer has them) What i did was just buy a SS fender and silacone oring and took it all to lowes and just pieced it all together. i havent used it yet but it looks good

Here is a good tutorial
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/mlt-tube-question-289563/

Here is mine. I used the tutorial but just used a hose to connect the 2 parts
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/mlt-tube-question-289563/

good luck, cheers

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Yea i just made mine. 10g rubbermaid cooler with the 12" bottom. Fits nice. You can buy a bulk head and valve (i imagine northern brewer has them) What i did was just buy a SS fender and silacone oring and took it all to lowes and just pieced it all together. i havent used it yet but it looks good

Here is a good tutorial
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/mlt-tube-question-289563/

Here is mine. I used the tutorial but just used a hose to connect the 2 parts
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/mlt-tube-question-289563/

good luck, cheers
Awesome, thank you so much! If I'm using that false bottom though, do I want to use a SS braided hose? If I do, won't the wort drain through that and defeat the purpose of the false bottom? What kind of hose do I want to use instead?
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Unless you are fly sparing, I don't see a good reason to use a false bottom. SS braid or a bazooka screen work perfectly well with a lot less hassles. I haven't had a stuck sparge since I tossed my false bottom and got a $20 bazooka.

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Unless you are fly sparing, I don't see a good reason to use a false bottom. SS braid or a bazooka screen work perfectly well with a lot less hassles. I haven't had a stuck sparge since I tossed my false bottom and got a $20 bazooka.
In my experience a stainless braid works only for 5 gallon batches. Making 10 gallon batches or even a 5 gallon batch with a heavy grain bill I've had nothing but headaches with braids. I recently did a triple decoction 10 gallon lager and talk about nightmare. I had to transfer my mash back and forth three times fixing the braid before I finished my sparge. In my opinion, eliminate the need to upgrade later and just go with the false bottom now.
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I have had no problems with my braid doing 10 gals exclusively. to each thier own

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If it works - then more power to ya! I wouldn't wish the hard time I had with my previous lager on my worst enemy. (mainly because he'd still wind up with pretty awesome beer)

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AS i said to each thier own I wouldn't want that either sounds like the brew devil got ya!

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Awesome, thank you so much! If I'm using that false bottom though, do I want to use a SS braided hose? If I do, won't the wort drain through that and defeat the purpose of the false bottom? What kind of hose do I want to use instead?
I just used a piece of nylon hose. but its the kind with a braid inside the nylon
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1. It is the right false bottom. (I have the same cooler and false bottom).
2. See http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cheap-easy-10-gallon-rubbermaid-mlt-conversion-23008/ I just use some silicon tubing to connect the barb on the false bottom to the spigot. I had the silicon tubing available, but I used some braided nylon tubing for several years in my 5g MLT without any issues.

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