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Old 07-26-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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After brewing for a year on my make-shift 'stand' I have decided to go ahead with something more appropriate. I have no welding experience and after seeing many builds that are slightly different and the always present ‘next time I would do this’, I went with the erector-set design.

I started by looking at Sam Scott's Wallace and at Bender’s Weldless brew stand and finally at the My brewstand design from BeantownR6. From these I made my design modifications and thanks to the Revit model from BeantownR6, I got my plans drawn up and started to buy things. My design is a 4 vessel design: HLT, MLT, Kettle, and Whirlpool. I went with this so I can more easily do back to back batches and the added cost was minimal. Thanks to the erector-set design, if 4 don’t work I can easily drop back to 3 like the others have.

The current plans are for it to be HERMS system with 2 pumps and be natural gas. I will be using 2 hurricane burners with the natural gas conversion kits from Williams Brewing. There will be a vertical heat shielded wall between the burner side and the non-burner side. I will be running hard piping for the gas and for water along the bottom with a carbon water filter. For cooling I will be using a CFC chiller with tap water and then ice water from either the HLT or a separate vessel.

The MLT and Whirlpool vessels will be upside-down kegs utilizing the sanke fitting with 2” tri-clovers. A false bottom will be in the MLT. I will dump the trub from the whirlpool and then dump the wort into a sanke fermenter on a cart so it can be moved to the fermentation chamber.

I am still working on this and it will be some time, but feedback and input are welcomed to help make this a better build. On with the pictures, the actual plans will follow when I get them updated.

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Old 07-26-2010, 09:58 PM   #2
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Just the stand so far, will update as I go.

Future additions/upgrades:

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Old 07-26-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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First day Progress:

Bottom with legs:


Top, bottom, and cross-members assembled:


Details:
Corner/Caster assembly:


Lower Cross-member/Caster Assembly:


Upper Cross-member Assembly:


Corner Assembly:


Bottom View:


Squaring the base:

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looks nice. any idea what you've spent on the erector-set material?

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I will update the 3rd post with the materials and costs as soon as I can. Should be a little later today. I will also update that post as I go along with the build, including price, source, quantity, and part numbers.

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Old 07-29-2010, 03:35 PM   #7
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Got some more parts in. The Hurricane Burners from BrewmastersWarehouse.com and the LG 3-MD-HC pump from eBay.


I also updated the post with the materials list for the stand and rearranged the thread a bit.

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looks good! i decided to put off the brew stand and just go with 2 bayou sq 14 burner stands. i may pursue the stand in the future.

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looks good so far. i was also designing a four vessel system for my brewery. RIMS mash and a dedicated whirlpool. interested to see how this turns out. good luck!

one thing i did notice is that your whirlpool inlet may be a little too high to achieve an efficient whirlpool action. it should be somewhere around where your other thermo's are (1/3 the way up on the keg). I can see the usefulness of a sightglass (post cast volume, dilution) but not really a thermometer since it would be getting chilled right after through the CFC. or do you plan on chilling before the whirlpool?

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