domed mesh splatter screen a good false bottom? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks > domed mesh splatter screen a good false bottom?

Thread Tools
Old 12-17-2010, 02:52 AM   #1
Nov 2009
Tampa, Florida
Posts: 460
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts

local store has stainless 12" mesh domed splatter screens for cheap, are these an effective false bottom, does anybody use them? i have seen some with the punched holes but havent heard much about the screen ones.. will be using in a 48qt igloo ice cube mash tun.
Cruiscín Lán Grúdlann
In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2010, 12:48 PM   #2
Aug 2010
Posts: 128
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts

I think that would depend on how sturdy it is or if you can reinforce the mesh. I have one of the domed stainless steel false bottoms with the 3/32 holes in it and mash in a 10 gallon round cooler. I know when I am stirring up my mash I scrape my spoon over the false bottom to make sure I don't have any dough balls lurking around the bottom edges of the false bottom in the mash tun. It also has to support the weight of the grain bed. While you have a several gallons of water in the mash this isn't too big of a deal, but once you start getting near the end of the sparge and you have a 10-20 lbs of waterlogged grain pressing down it needs to be pretty sturdy.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #3
Sep 2007
West Chester, PA
Posts: 13

I know this is an old post, but I just thought of using a domed splatter screen too. Another idea I had was to somehow convert a metal grill pan like this for use with a 5 gallon turkey fryer. The diamerter of the pan bottom is perfect, but the sides would need to be cut and bent down somehow so it will drop in. An opening would have to be cut in the side (probably where the handle connects) to allow for the bulkhead fitting on the valve. Probably not a efficient as a domed design. I'm planing on buying one to see how I can modify it to work. Worth the $7 to give it a shot.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 01:40 AM   #4
BIAB Expert Tailor
wilserbrewer's Avatar
May 2007
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
Posts: 9,817
Liked 1533 Times on 1162 Posts

Ok yes, all of these options will work if you tinker well....however a stainless braid is 5-10 bucks and has been proven to work well...just sayin, cheers.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best false bottom/screen for 160 qt. cooler? Rackerman Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 8 10-23-2013 03:44 PM
False bottom vs Mesh braid for MLT???? akthor Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 2 12-02-2010 03:09 PM
Mesh False Bottom In Igloo Cube MLT? jpalarchio Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 9 05-01-2010 12:51 AM
False Bottom SugarJohnson Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 2 05-12-2009 04:12 PM
False bottom- fiberglass window screen? casebrew Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 1 03-11-2007 08:17 PM

Forum Jump