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Old 12-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #61
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There is an update on the OP with a 12" stainless steel version I made for a 10 gallon Igloo cooler.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:14 AM   #62
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Update on OP with performance notes using new 10gal mash tun and 12" S/S pizza pan. Happy New Year!
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I loved this idea and I went with it. I found a pizza pan that says "steel" construction from Walmart. Any idea if this would be safe in a mash tun? I trimmed it down to size and it fits perfectly into the 10 gal rubbermaid. Here's a picture.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #64
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I loved this idea and I went with it. I found a pizza pan that says "steel" construction from Walmart. Any idea if this would be safe in a mash tun? I trimmed it down to size and it fits perfectly into the 10 gal rubbermaid. Here's a picture.
It's a pizza pan so it's food grade, give it a shot.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:22 PM   #65
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I bought a perforated pizza pan online and it works great. I bought some three inch long stainless steel bolts with washers and nuts to raise it off the bottom, it works.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:23 PM   #66
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I loved this idea and I went with it. I found a pizza pan that says "steel" construction from Walmart. Any idea if this would be safe in a mash tun? I trimmed it down to size and it fits perfectly into the 10 gal rubbermaid. Here's a picture.
That's basically the same thing I used in my 10 gallon Igloo mash tun and it has worked without a hitch. The hardest part is getting all of the barbs off of the bottom of it after you drill but with some patience and elbow grease it's good to go.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:41 PM   #67
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Instead of drilling I wonder if an awl could punch a hole that would work (providing it's thin enough stainless/aluminium). Use a piece of wood as a backer. Might go quicker...
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Awesome, well I'm gonna go for it because it was only $0.98 at Walmart. zzARzz how did you get the barbs off the bottom? I might just get pliers for the big ones and leave the little ones.
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Dude this is great. I added the SS 12" to my wishlist on amazon yesterday and it was $14 bucks. Looked at it today and it dropped to $8.56 with free second day shipping cuz of my Prime membership. I had been debating getting the FB from Jaybird for my 10G rubbermaid but i think this just saved me a ton of money.

Also for the barb issue, try a dremel sanding tool, thats what im gonna use. It worked great for the sharp edges on my keggle cuts.

One question though... how does it hold up with large grain bills? Any issue with bending?
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Dude this is great. I added the SS 12" to my wishlist on amazon yesterday and it was $14 bucks. Looked at it today and it dropped to $8.56 with free second day shipping cuz of my Prime membership. I had been debating getting the FB from Jaybird for my 10G rubbermaid but i think this just saved me a ton of money.

Also for the barb issue, try a dremel sanding tool, thats what im gonna use. It worked great for the sharp edges on my keggle cuts.

One question though... how does it hold up with large grain bills? Any issue with bending?
I had 14 lbs of mash + water on my S/S 10 gallon one and it's still straight as an arrow. You could make some feet for it as others have done but I've had mine hollow for 10 + brews and it hasn't had an issue yet. For anything larger than a 10 gallon, though, 3 or 4 S/S feet w/ S/S screws may be a wise precaution.
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