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Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liam Callaghan on Thursday. 14 Replies

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Liam Callaghan replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"I don't dome them I take Mike beers and he does it - Brendan Engineering in Glenfield, top engineers and often help me out.  I pay them too, some times."
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Peter Smith replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"I have decided the recon , polished 50L kegs are a good way to go barry, they have very good resale, and are a lot cheaper then blichman, I am going to silver braze all the fittings so everything is welded, hope no leaks ever again,  So many…"
Wednesday
Barry replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"Yeah I'm thinking along the same lines, getting the same size pot and a false bottom. Tempted by a Blichman and their awesome cavity/false bottom setup but of course they're spendy. I went with the cooler approach when I thought I was…"
Wednesday
Peter Smith replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"I am not sure if you want one cut for a standard mash tun like a cooler, maybe better/cheaper to buy a production run, but If you cutting for a trademe pot of unusual size the laser guys look a good option to me,  I am changing horse mid race…"
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Barry replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"Does that work out cheaper Peter than these ones? You got one of these didn't you? http://www.homebrewing.org/12-Stainless-Steel-Domed-False-Bottom_p_1058.html "
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Chris Coutts replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"Cheer mate. For this one, it will be flat and extend to sides of pot, but thanks for the offer. How do you dome them? You got a big press and some jigs? Not sure about cost of full sheet from S&T, but the Sefar guy mentioned something about…"
Wednesday
Liam Callaghan replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"Good stuff cheers mate.  Years ago since I bought mine but not a sheet that big, might have been Mico Metals but they have changed hands to Wakefield metals and not sure they stock it any more. If you want it domed give us a shout or hit it up…"
Tuesday
Chris Coutts replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"Spoke to S&T, but they only supply full 2000x1000mm sheets. They referred me to Sefar (some guys in Onehunga who make filters) and I picked up an offcut. 2mm holes, 1mm thick. Might help someone in the future."
Tuesday
Peter Smith replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"North Shore Laser CuttingFalse bottom, laser cut, 340mm dia with 1mm wide laser cut slots. North Shore Laser Cutting,23 Peters Way,Silverdaleph: 09 421 9073Carol Sumnersales@oscs.co.nz"
Monday
Liam Callaghan replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"I get mine laser cut up in Silverdale and my local engineers in Glenfield domes them for me.  Laser cuttings was$40 for 2 discs and domed cost me a few beers"
Monday
Liam Callaghan replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
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Chris Coutts replied to Reuben Rowntree's discussion Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom
"Hi Reuben, sorry for reincarnating an old post, but I'm interested in where you got this sheet from? I'm after some myself for a DIY false bottom. Cheers for any info! Chris"
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Brewtroller Build Part Four - Volume Sensing

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

I've been so busy with work/study lately I haven't had a chance to finish off my blog series, so thought I better get back into it.

The goal here is to allow the Brewtroller to calculate how much water is needed to brew a particular batch, then fill the HLT with the correct amount, transfer the mash water to the mash tun, and finally sparge until I have the desired amount of water in the kettle. There is actually a particularly useful feature where by you can set the flow into your BK…

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Brewtroller Build Part Three - Electric Heating Elements

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 9:30am 7 Comments

I decided to go for 3kW elements, it seems that would be about the biggest I could go for without requiring new switches and fuses in my house. My circuit breaker is rated to 20A, and as a good rule of thumb I'm going to try and keep this below 15A. Basically, the bigger the element, the quicker I can heat the water to start the mash and get the boil rolling.

 

The Maths:

20A x 230V = 4600W (max)

15A x 230V = 3450W (my target)

 

Therefore: 3000W/230V…

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Brewtroller Build Part Two - Plumbing Fittings

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

Brewtroller Build:- Plumbing Connections

 

Plumbing:

First off I must say I'm surprised by the total cost of plumbing this system, it's much more than I would have guessed - but it has to be done.

Side note: I work as a sound engineer now, but actually I did my trade as a plumber so the plumbing side of things is going to be a piece of cake for me - the electronics side is going to be a little more difficult - but…

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Brewtroller Build: - Mash Tun False Bottom

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 2:24pm 3 Comments

I just got my false bottom back from the sheetmetal workshop so I thought I'd post a few pictures. I bought a sheet of perforated stainless steel sheet from: LockerNZ - http://www.lockernz.co.nz/pdf/catalogues/Perfmetals.pdf

I opted for the P106 which is 2.4mm holes at 3.6mm centres. It comes on a roll which I think was about a metre wide but they sold me just a half metre of that (for about $90), so…

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Brewtroller System Build

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

Well I'm well into my Brewtroller Build so I'd thought I'd document the whole process.

 

Building an Automated Brewing System

 

Background

I have been brewing all grain in 20L batches for a couple of years now. I have been using a 32L pot which doubles as a HLT and a Boiling Kettle, recently I started using the Brew in a Bag (BIAB) method which has proven to…

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At 6:56am on October 17, 2011, Barry Walton said…

Hi Reuben,

I had mine made at Mahurangi Sheet Metals Warkworth. They were expensive as I had high pressure lids fitted for fermenting under pressere.

Mine hold 75L easy, they work very well and are very easy to clean. I have a number of SS lids (500 diameter) with seals and hinge /lock down fittings if you want one or more they're yours.

I had them fitted on mine at first but could only reach 8 PSI

 

Cheers Barry

At 12:12am on January 11, 2012, IPWS said…

Hi Reuben

bet you were thinking you would never hear back. well im sorry to tell you i have move to aussie and havent set up to build anything yet. If your still keen i could look into meterial cost and such. If you want do drop me an Email its earlpink@gmail.com

Cheers Earl

At 7:57pm on March 19, 2012, craig rothwell said…

Hi Reuben, hope you brewing has been going well.  I recall you purchased a Bilchmann conical fermenter.  Are you happy with it? And do you mind telling me where and how much you payed for it?  I was looking at getting the 14.5Gal one through i-n-i brewing for $1100.

Cheers

Craig 

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