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Old 06-15-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hi HBT!

Checking in from sunny England with some pics of the latest addition to my 10 gallon eHERMS, a budget false bottom for my mash tun.

Items needed:
Oxo 'Good Grips' Splatter screen with handle:

http://www.amazon.com/Oxo-Splatter-Screen-Folding-Handle/dp/B0007VO0DU


3x small stainless steel bolts and nuts.

a brass tank connector or similar

Total cost = around £20 or $30 at most.

I cut the handle off the splatter screen and then cut and flattened the handle mounting point securely.

I then cut the hole for the tank connector, and the 4 holes for the bolts (which are used as stilts to keep it from collapsing.)

I fitted the tank connector and bolts fixed with nuts on the underside. I then grabbed the angle grinder and cut two slots in each side of the mash tun's opening so that I didnt have to make the false bottom a folding one.

I plan to fix it with 15mm copper pipe using a small length of hose to join it to the outlet. Any tips for keeping it securely on the bottom of the keg?

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- H

Here's some pics.

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Old 06-15-2010, 05:54 PM   #2
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DAMN, nice, and I went and spent a boat load for my NB false bottom.

You crafty bastard, Ill raise a pint in your honor!

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How well does this work?

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Old 06-15-2010, 07:20 PM   #4
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nice!
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I would think your dip tube would hold it down well if you use rigid copper.

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Old 06-15-2010, 09:50 PM   #6
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glad you guys like it I've yet to test how well it works but I can't see any reason why it would be worse than a commercial one as they're the same concept when it comes down to it. I'll be rebuilding my brewery this weekend and brewing on it again next week so I'll let you know how well it works!
bendavanza - Cheers for the tip yeah for some reason I had decided to use some silicone hose to join the two as I thought it would be easier to remove but now I realise that I dont have to worry about the compression fittings getting loose from being tightened and loosened all the time as it doesn't have to be a watertight seal! will definitely use copper.

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looks great! do you have a lot of dead space below the bottom? i notice the pickup doesn't go very low

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there' s about 20mm of dead space, which isn't much wort at all. If you were worried about it you could always drill out the back of the tank connector (I think you guys call it a bulkhead fitting or something?) to 15mm and solder in a small peice of 15mm pipe so that it reached the bottom.

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very cool. is that a sanke keg for your kettle?

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I'm not sure what a sanke keg is It's a keg that I got from a keg scrapyard here in the uk

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