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Old 04-05-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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I am a BIABer and I made my own false bottom (in my case this is simply to keep the bag off the bottom of the keggle) out of a pizza rack. I used a Dremmel to cut it in half and used stainless wire as hinges (I brew in a keggle so I needed a FB that is 15"d and can fit in a 12" opening).

Here is my problem. I did a test with my new keggle using just water. The next day I noticed that the faces of any cuts made to the pizza rack were slightly rusted. Is this enough rust to cause a problem? Will soaking in Bar Keepers Friend help at all?

Id like to be able to use it since I think it is a great idea! Pics attached.

Thanks for the input!!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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it's tough to know from a picture if that pizza rack is stainless, aluminium, or just chromed steel (might be hard even in person, especially if it's from china). If it's the first 2 you shouldn't see any rust. and they'd work just fine (Just boil the aluminum one in water for a bit. I'd BKF the rack and then leave it in water for a bit, take it out and let it dry over night. if it's rusty I'd guess it's just chromed steel. and I'd find an alternative.

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
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I just use a plate. Cheers!
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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If it got hot during cutting even stainless will rust
Go over the cuts with fine emery paper and clean with Consentrated Star-San or BKF
Let dry for a day before testing again

It might be that its chromed steel whitch would mean that it wont ever be suitable for brewing
Nothing too interesting yet
A work in progress just like my beer

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:38 AM   #5
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That looks really familiar.

Picked up this inexpensive cake cooling rack for my 10 gallon Boilermaker - billed as stainless steel. Snipped out a section (on the left) for the dip tube. Worked great for a while but then noticed the rust. Can't use that in my wort anymore. Looking for a REAL stainless option if anyone has a good suggestion.

Dishing out the cash for a real false bottom seems crazy.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:03 AM   #6
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That is clearly chromed steel. Take a magnet to it and see for yourself.
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