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Old 01-25-2012, 01:55 PM   #11
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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.
Cut it in half and add the hinge then cut the circle shape. Perfect circle every time. I tried to make a false bottom out of a lot of materials and failed. I couldn't find the proper metal and tried using those splash screens and other diy objects, however just ended up buying Jaybirds and it works perfectly.


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Old 01-25-2012, 03:22 PM   #12
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There's good perforated sheet on ebay, but i went with the keg bottom with slits cut with an angle grinder, much easier than drilling 300 holes.



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Old 01-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #13
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There's good perforated sheet on ebay, but i went with the keg bottom with slits cut with an angle grinder, much easier than drilling 300 holes.
I'm looking to make a fb soon. Can you post a photo of this?
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:36 PM   #14
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All done! Here are the pics. I actually had enough steel to make two false bottoms. The one you see
In my keg is the second one that i cut.





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Old 02-25-2012, 09:35 PM   #15
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Where did you get the metal from and how much did it cost?

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One of the members on the forum had an extra sheet floating around. I paid 40 shipped. Stuff is really hard to find. All the local places here want $200 for a 20" square. I do have an extra 15" circle if you are interested.

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Go to wal mart or bed bath and beyond and buy the OXO splatter screen. It's very rigid, only 20 bucks and is easily made into a false bottom with tin snips and a drill!







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And also four 16mm stainless screws. I have pics if you want. You can make it into a folding false bottom if you buy stainless hinges.

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Online Metals has perforated stainless. You can get 24" x 24" for $62
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Go to wal mart or bed bath and beyond and buy the OXO splatter screen. It's very rigid, only 20 bucks and is easily made into a false bottom with tin snips and a drill!
That is cool as hell! I wish you would have posted this before I made mine.. I might still buy one anyway, because it would still be nicer than the one I made! With that said, I just made mine a week ago and haven't even brewed with it yet. If mine works great I won't bother, but if not I now have a plan "B".. I made mine from the cut-out-top of my keg. Here's a photo;
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