If you wanna go brass/bronze, I believe you need to "pickle" them in vinegar and hot water.
I usually just go for stainless since its easier to deal with.
My MLT consists of:
$40 - 10 gallon round cooler from Home Depot
$39 - Weldless Stainless Kit from Greatbargains.net
$39 - Stainless false bottom from More Beer
That was it for me...
The bazooka screen works fine too and it will save you some cash...
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
My Cheap and Easy Stirplate