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Old 01-06-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Hey All,

My electric brewery build.

Even before I start, thanks to everyone on this forum, from which I've found the answers to almost all of my questions.

My design philosophy is:
* I like to brew often -- so I'll stick with a 5 gallon capacity.
* I want it to be compact -- so it'll be mobile and store easily.
* Everything attached -- so stuff doesn't go missing between sessions.
* No lifting -- 2-tier with a pump.
* I want to brew indoors -- Electric.

Here is the system as it is in my imagination:

Thanks,
Kevin

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Old 01-06-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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Hey All,

I've cut all the steel tube for the brew-stand.

1x1.5x0.065 steel tube from OnlineMetals, which happens to be local.

Using a HF 90A Flux-Core Welder #98871.

Haven't done any welding since high-school shop some 15+ years.

Ugly welds = lots of grinding!

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Kevin

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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I would bevel the steel where the 45 degree angles come together. It will give more room for the weld to fill in. That band saw probably makes really clean cuts where the metal fits perfectly. After grinding a weld there probably is not much weld left, hence bevel the joints. Actually those weld are not too bad for a flux core machine.

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Old 01-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #4
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Hey All,

Here is the frame all tacked-up, and test fitting the HLT and pump.

I think the placement of the control panel is going to interfere with connecting the hoses, and in being able to see the thermometer, on the HLT.

I am considering hanging it off to the left side of the brew-stand.

Biggest challenge I've had with welding has been with burning through the thin-walled tube.

Coming together nicely nevertheless!

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Kevin

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Old 01-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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I would bevel the steel where the 45 degree angles come together. It will give more room for the weld to fill in. That band saw probably makes really clean cuts where the metal fits perfectly. After grinding a weld there probably is not much weld left, hence bevel the joints. Actually those weld are not too bad for a flux core machine.
I still have loads of clean-up to do, and on the corners particularly. I wanted to round the corners, so they wouldn't be sharp -- and would have the same radius as the long edges of the ajacent tube -- and realized I was grinding the corner welds completely off! Thanks for the tip!

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Nice and compact...I'm going to follow this as I may be moving to San Fran this summer and at prices out there I know I will suddenly have a lot less room to brew.

Looks good so far!

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nice looking build!

I'll second the bevel the edges so the welds will work better.

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I still have loads of clean-up to do, and on the corners particularly. I wanted to round the corners, so they wouldn't be sharp -- and would have the same radius as the long edges of the ajacent tube -- and realized I was grinding the corner welds completely off! Thanks for the tip!
Thats the beauty of metal, if you make a mistake just grind it down and reweld it! I always say that wood is easier to cut and work with but metal is more foregiving.
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Hey All,

I'm debating the best place for the control panel.

I originally planned to put the 12x12x6 PVC box in front of the HLT. Looks like it would interfere with connecting hoses and reading the thermometer on the HLT.

I like the idea of having it on the front, because that keeps the cart compact, and having it on the left increases the overall length.

Having it on the left, on the other hand, makes the HLT more accessible. It will also allow me to tilt the panel back more, making the face of it more perpendicular to a user's line of sight.

Thanks,
Kevin

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