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Old 09-10-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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I have decided its time that i start to organize the brewery. I want to build a brewstand that will contain all of my mash boil chill equiment: mash tun, hlt, boil kettle, wort chillers and all the odds and ends i will need. This will give me more space inside which i need. MY plan was to make more a brew cart than a brew stand. A cabinet or two underneath for all of my equipment and basically a countertop for me to work on (two tier with heavy lifting instead of a pump). I dont have space to keep it in the garage so i was thinking i would get a decent grill cover to keep its protected and a lock on the cabinets. I am not sure what i am going to build it out of yet metal (no welding) or wood. IT will also have weels and casters to make it mobil. I was also thinking about trying to keep it light so i can travel easily with if necessary.

I would be happy to hear from the rest of you guys about any improvements or things i am missing before i start building this thing.

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Old 09-10-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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You might consider getting the folding scaffold that Home Depot sells for $99.

It sounds like that would fit the bill for most of the things you listed. It's got a nice set of lockable wheels, folds up for a small storage foot print and easy portability, has a work platform on the end. You could add a couple of 2'X8's across the bottom rung and use the metal platforms that come with it across the top. That would give you a 3 tier setup counting the ground as the 3rd tier.

I use 2 with a bridge between the scaffolds so that I can gravity feed from the HLT to the MLT to the Boil pot and finally the fermenter.

Don't forget to factor your time into anything you decide to build. I'm not trying to discourage you from building a unit for yourself, some people just like building stuff and time is not a consideration.

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Old 09-10-2007, 04:17 PM   #3
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How about something like this? $99 at Academy. I think they also have one that has 3 burners in a 2-tier setup. It's already mobile and you could easily add/build shelves or cabinets down low. You could even setup a removable top and use it as a storage shelf or work bench when you're not brewing. If I was the non-DIY type, I'd definately look at something like this.

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Old 09-10-2007, 05:32 PM   #4
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Academy? Link?

Abracadabra, can you confirm the scaffolding is: 1) All metal? When I was as HD the other day the planks looked plastic; and 2) How wide are the planks? Wide enough to set up a propane burner? Looking like this is a great idea. And I like the multi-tasking aspect of these, also.

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Sorry, Academy Sporting Goods. We've got them in the South. There should be a comparable sporting goods place up there that sells them.

http://www.academy.com/index.php?page=content&target=products/outdoors/grills/fryers&start=0&selectedSKU=0267-40037-0001

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Abracadabra, can you confirm the scaffolding is: 1) All metal? When I was as HD the other day the planks looked plastic; and 2) How wide are the planks? Wide enough to set up a propane burner? Looking like this is a great idea. And I like the multi-tasking aspect of these, also.
Yes it is all metal except the work platform and the tires.

The banjo burner sits on the platform just fine. The legs of my tall turkey fryer are a little too wide, it's a 3 leg job so I use a 1"x4" under 2 of the legs which works out perfectly as it puts the HLT at a slight angle which allows for more water to drain out than if it were perfect level. I could put a small 1"x4" block under the 3rd leg if I wanted it perfectly level.

I also had to add some additional blocks of wood on the bridge between the scaffolds to get the MLT at the exact height for the height of my keggle and banjo burner. Depending on what you use for a boil pot you may or may not have to do something similar.

Just off hand I'd say the platform total width is 18".

And THANKS I was right proud of myself when I came up with the idea.

That unit lil sparky posted looks pretty cool too!
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I'm a big fan of Jaybird's brewhouse. Here's a decent shot of it from his gallery: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=3237&c=1&userid=4595

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wow.. that stand is awesome from acadamy.. and i have one right down the street! Christmas present??

Is that big enough for two keggels?

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I haven't measured one, but my guess would be yes.

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Seems like you could combine the Academy idea with the scaffolding idea, saves on one scaffold and having to buy burners. Buy a pump to transfer water to mashtun on the scaffold (up high), then let gravity fall back into brew kettle on the Academy setup. $99 for the cart, $89 for the scaffolding, $100-ish for the pump. Going to have to think about this a little, but seems promising other than mash tun is up higher making it more difficult to stir.

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