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Old 08-31-2011, 05:12 AM   #71
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You can use a center punch (http://www.amazon.com/EuroTool-Center-Punch-Inches/dp/B0058ECOBQ/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1314767490&sr=8-17) to put a depression where you want to drill. If you don't have a punch, you can use a dulled nail. This should help to keep the bit from moving around.



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Old 08-31-2011, 06:41 AM   #72
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x2 on the nail... easiest way to do it, although i do usually use a punch, enless i am too lazy to go find it. I have had some recent problems with mine, one in which the bottom was lifted a bit, and allowed some grain to get by. The other was just a gooey mass of oats and wheat that clogged the whole bed of grain. I cannot be a larger proponent of rice hulls than is possible! I love em!



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Old 08-31-2011, 08:15 PM   #73
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You could put a tack weld on that leftover sanke ring connecting it to the side of your boil kettle. Could be a holder for your Mash paddle/Stirring spoon?

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Old 09-01-2011, 05:33 AM   #74
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I hit mine with an angle grinder + cutting blade to make slots instead of holes. I thought about holes, but the 10 minutes with the grinder swayed me.

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Old 09-01-2011, 02:26 PM   #75
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Yeah, no doubt. This punching holes is for the birds. Been at it a few days (when the kids are getting baths) and holy crude! Taking forever. Next one will be slots

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:08 PM   #76
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!!! I've been needing an excuse to upgrade to keggles... now I have one! Thanks!! Great project, only thing I will change is welding a SS washer to the opening and welding in the dip tube so there is no fear in the boil kettle.

thanks again and keep up the good work!

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Old 09-01-2011, 07:45 PM   #77
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knocked one of my washer off the BK, had a splash screen laying around that I was going to make into a FB... tossed it ontop the BK to keep stuff from falling in, turns out it makes a pretty good cover so now I have a cut off top for this project when I can get to it. right now I have my cooler FB in my MT, it's pretty small in there but has been working okay, drains good. I don't think it would work for fly sparging but seems to be doing okay for batch sparging. Now i just need the time.

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Old 09-01-2011, 10:08 PM   #78
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I also got a plastic scrubby from the grocery store to put around the base of the dip tube, due to one time occurance of grain getting around edge of the false bottom, and clogging the dip tube. Works great so far, be even I see myself in the future getting an nice professional false bottom, when all of the other needs of my brewery are solved(years from now).

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Old 01-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #79
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Awesome DIY. I had thought about doing the same thing. Glad I found this one, definately, will use this insight

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #80
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It is really lame to come onto a DIY forum and rip on people for wasting time on DIY.
absolutly!


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