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ThwWorm 01-24-2012 08:16 PM

Help with DIY false bottom
 
I am in the process of converting a keg into a mash tun. I have been driving myself crazy looking for a sheet of perforated stainless steel that I can use. Everything I have found is either sold in bulk or is insanely expensive. None of my local scrap metal places have had any, and I'm ready to start drilling/cutting holes in a regular stainless sheet. Is there anyone out there who has any left over from their DIY projects that I can purchase? Any help or advice would be awesome. Cheers!!

gingerdawg 01-24-2012 08:43 PM

Talk to Jaybird
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f41/jayb...ottoms-146056/

ThwWorm 01-24-2012 10:35 PM

Those are really nice! Thank you for the info. Just sent him a pm. :)

gunmetal 01-25-2012 02:32 AM

From time to time, I have access to some great material, the holes are smaller than 1/8". Stainless and heavy gauge. A piece about 20 x 20 inches was about 25 bucks. I made a hinged false bottom, used a guide on a angle grinder to make almost a perfect circle. Once cut in half however, and adding a hinge, they are no longer perfectly round. It still fits the keg nice, but leaves a little larger gap around some parts of the keg than the other. If you had a cad program on a water jet machine, you could take into account the thickness of the cut, the hinge, etc. It is hard to make a perfect copy of a production model such as from Sabco etc.

gunmetal 01-25-2012 04:00 AM

false bottom material
 
Here is the material that I got, It measures about 24" by 24". It has a dime on it for reference, I think it has the right size for flow vs. filtration, if that makes sense.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...k/DSC02094.jpg

bmunos 01-25-2012 04:25 AM

I have seen a cool false bottom design for under 10 bucks. They took a stainless cake pan and drilled the tiny holes in them by hand. It looks like it worked really well and it was domed?

dutchoven 01-25-2012 05:02 AM

Have you checked with these guys: http://www.paragonsteel.com/index_ps.html? Found them on a quick search. A local metal supplier should be able to help you, or at least point you in the right direction. Good luck.

ThwWorm 01-25-2012 05:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gunmetal (Post 3704048)
Here is the material that I got, It measures about 24" by 24". It has a dime on it for reference, I think it has the right size for flow vs. filtration, if that makes sense.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...k/DSC02094.jpg

that looks good!

Hatchbrew 01-25-2012 05:27 AM

I got my 16 gauge metal square at Friedmens hardware store for 30. Cut it out with a pair of tin snips. Been using it for a year now.

Zamial 01-25-2012 12:45 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cut-...bottom-192413/'

mine is on page 3 and it is still working fine...


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