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nibiyabi 03-11-2009 04:35 PM

Is there an easy way to get the Bayou Classic at near-stovetop height?
I'm tired of the whole brewing process taking 4-5 hours on my stovetop, so I purchased a Bayou Classic after brewing my first batch. It was in the middle of a week-long rain spell when I brewed my next batch, so I just brewed stovetop again. Then for my third batch, I realized I had no way to transfer the wort to my 6-gal carboy. I do have a spigot on my 8-gal boiling pot for easy transfer, but it's not a pump -- just gravity.

The Bayou Classic is only maybe 2 feet tall with pot included, and I need it to be more like 5. We have a few desks in the garage, but they are $20 each and not very sturdy -- no way would I trust them to hold this thing (even if I just boiled it on the ground and then used oven mitts to transfer that heavy m-fer to the desk, I'm still not confident it would hold).

I would just get a brew structure, but I'm moving in a few months and am trying to minimize on my purchasing of large things. Is there any easy, safe, temporary way I can raise this guy up and cook at near-stovetop height?

Aleforge 03-11-2009 04:40 PM

I had this same problem the first time I used my Keggle. I guess I didn't think ahead enough. Anyways I have seen some people on here flip over milk crates, stick on a piece of plywood, then balance the burner on that. Doesn't sound like the safest method, but from the pictures it looks fairly sturdy. Other then that you could just build a riser out some wood for it. It doesn't get hot enough directly under it to burn the wood.

wilserbrewer 03-11-2009 04:57 PM


nibiyabi 03-11-2009 05:04 PM

^Unfortunately, mine is of the 4-leg variety.

DrinksWellWithOthers 03-11-2009 07:31 PM

They make extensions for the 4 leg burners as well. Google Shopping

Aleforge 03-11-2009 07:59 PM

Another possibility since no one is looking to make a riser is to use it, then just have someone help ya lift it up temporarily onto something, even a heavy duty table so you can empty it. I have done that also!

I cannot believe no one here is wanting to play jenga with their boiling kettle!

Hammy71 03-11-2009 08:24 PM

For my burner I mounted it inside an old 20 gallon iron aquarium stand I had laying around in the garage. Had to do some DIY mods with a die-grinder and some metal but my ghetto burner/stand works great. These aquarium stands are sturdy as hell (built to hold hundreds of pounds of water/rock/and glass) and can be found cheap at yard sales and what not....Chances are if you rack your brain long enough you'll find some junk around your house (or your friends) that can serve your needs.....

carnevoodoo 03-11-2009 08:53 PM

I have a hose coming off the front of my kettle and I just tip the carboy over until the liquid starts to go into the carboy. Then I tip it upright. The magic of nature suggests that as long as the bottom of the hose is below the bottom of the kettle, it will still flow.

hollowdp 03-11-2009 09:11 PM

I use a cinder block under each leg.

vtchuck 03-11-2009 09:37 PM


Originally Posted by hollowdp (Post 1191008)
I use a cinder block under each leg.

+1 on using cinder blocks

I also use blocks of wood between the top of burner and my keggle to raise up the cooled wort a little higher when I drain it into the fermenter

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