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Old 12-03-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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OK I want to go with a false bottom but I can not justify paying more for a mesh screen that sits in the bottom of the keg than for the keg and fittings themselves together.

$100 for a false bottom??? Not happening.

So where can one purchase the materials to make your own false bottom?

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Old 12-03-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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That sounds like you'd need some seriously strong industrial equipment. You'll need a sheet of metal of some kind. and then some kind of metal auger/punching tool that will allow you to create a pattern of holes throughout the bottom. Then you'll need to have a welder to weld on a few 'legs' to keep it up off the bottom of the mash tun/boil kettle. Either that or some kind of round metal stretching/press type device to just push the outer ring downward a bit to create the same thing. Add on top of that the need to precisely cut the sheet metal to a round shape exactly the size of your kettle. There may be some pre drilled/punched metal you can buy somewhere but hten you still need to cut it to size and weld on some kinds of legs on the bottom to raise it a small distance off the bottom of the kettle. If you have the tools and know how, by all means, do it and post the pics, we love them

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Old 12-03-2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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Oh but some people do use something more cost effective, a bit of wire mesh connected to the outlet valve, its not as effective as a false bottom as it has a bit more of a chance to get a stuck sparge, but it still works great, my first cooler style mash tun used one w/ great effectiveness. only one stuck sparge that I recall. My keggle w/ a false bottom is SO much nicer imho :P

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Old 12-03-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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Haven't got pictures of mine to hand, but I did something along the lines of this:

http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/equipment.htm

...but used a vegetable steamer to save having to drill all the holes:

http://www.asia.ru/images/target/pho...le_Steamer.jpg

I don't know how my efficiency compares to other false bottoms, but it seems to work fine and cost around £5!

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Old 12-03-2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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They don't sell perferated SS material???

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They don't sell perferated SS material???
http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...owunits=inches

google online metal suppliers for cheapest possible place. but after you figure in shipping and what not, it might be cheaper to just buy a FB.



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http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Perf...1400247&sr=1-1

Not sure if this is thick enough, but the price is good.
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Can anyone chime in if this is thick enough and the right size perfs???

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It's the right size perfs, but it's less than 1/32" thick. You'll need something to brace it up.

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I would go at least 1/16th thick. From what I can tell, 80% of the cost of a premade FB is the metal itself. Then you have to cut it into a circle.

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