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Old 02-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #81
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Let's see now:

Estimated $20 for parts & 4-5 hours even at a minimum wage would be roughly another $32 or so for a combined approximate total of $52.

While I admire the effort and your craftsmanship, I really don't understand why you would not simply buy a manufactured FB similar to this one for only $39 plus shipping:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/11-sa...se-bottom.html

I like building stuff myself, but sometimes it just seems to make more sense to simply buy it off the shelf.
Some things are not ALL about money!...very often its the satisfaction of creating or making your own stuff for free or on the cheap that holds more appeal than opting for the quick and boring option.......DIY is about fun and creativity and the sense of achievement and pride that it brings...looking at some of the posts here it seems some people have more money than sense or time...pity them for being rich boring poor rushed off their feet souls lol!...
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:37 AM   #82
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benbradford.... Thanks for the inspiration!

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:52 PM   #83
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Tons of great info in this thread, guys! I am only 4 beers-deep in my brewing career, but a friend and I converted a keggle over the weekend with a 12" hole in the top. Standard 12" pot cover fits like a glove! My question to you guys with the slitted keg top for the false bottom is does it perform up to par? I have access to a drill press at work, but I could do the slits at home. What would you guys recommend?

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:58 PM   #84
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Tons of great info in this thread, guys! I am only 4 beers-deep in my brewing career, but a friend and I converted a keggle over the weekend with a 12" hole in the top. Standard 12" pot cover fits like a glove! My question to you guys with the slitted keg top for the false bottom is does it perform up to par? I have access to a drill press at work, but I could do the slits at home. What would you guys recommend?
I made slits with an angle grinder and also drilled some holes with a drill. Works like a charm, haven't had any problems yet.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:18 AM   #85
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I have brewed MANY of batches on mine. I have only had issues where I ground the grain to fine, I chalk this to brewer failure not part failure. FWIW even under those dismal conditions it still worked.

I have brewed some of the stickiest mashes known to brewers (pumpkin ales) in mine. I am still even using the same bung...

I have direct fired it and used my RIMS system in tandem with it. Best reuse of scrap I have done to date.

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:26 AM   #86
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I love that this ha taken off and become a useful DIY

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Old 04-03-2012, 05:37 PM   #87
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Thanks for the replies! I will definitely do the combination of slits + holes to ensure performance. Right now, I just have the 1 keggle, which is acting as my kettle (untill now I've been using a friend's burner/kettle), I got a sightglass/thermometer combo on the way from Bobby. I think when I convert my next keggle for all grain, I'll put the spigot on the bottom, and already have this part ready! Thanks again, guys!

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Here is mine (before I cleaned it up)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...e-bottom&cat=4

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I thought about this when I got my first keg, cut and tossed the top into the scrap bin. I was pissed when I did a search and found this thread. Now, I have 2 more kegs, got one cut and I am drilling the holes now.
I recommend titanium drill bits. I've done have the holes on one bit.
Also I am thinking of using a stainless steel braid under the KTFB as a backup. I have a corona style mill, and i get a lot of flour.
Now, what can we do with the spears from the kegs

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I thought about this when I got my first keg, cut and tossed the top into the scrap bin. I was pissed when I did a search and found this thread. Now, I have 2 more kegs, got one cut and I am drilling the holes now.
I recommend titanium drill bits. I've done have the holes on one bit.
Also I am thinking of using a stainless steel braid under the KTFB as a backup. I have a corona style mill, and i get a lot of flour.
Now, what can we do with the spears from the kegs
I made a mash paddle with the shank and a piece of the lid. Looks great.
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