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Old 01-06-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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I have been brewing some partial mash stuff with good success so I decided to use my Christmas money and go ass deep into this thing. Inspired by the pics and advice on this site, I kept my eye out for some metal to use for my rig. My work gave me some old two post computer server racks. I used the brackets and posts to make my main stand, and then I used some steel to fab up the burners. The burners just sit on the the aluminum posts and can slide from side to side. I wanted to be able to move the burners around for fish frying or to put a big ass griddle on two and cook beans or some such on the third when i wasnt brewing beer.

I am not a welder, not a metalurgist, not even an all grain brewer yet.
What I am is a beer drinker and a tinker'er. I like to cook too, so I wanted this big bastard to be able to do something other than brew beer. I have the pump mounted on a bracket that allows it to just slide off so that the pump and beer part of the deal isnt harmed when this thing goes into bbq cook out mode. Im new to the game so take it easy on me. Thanks fellas.

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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This is how it started life

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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Looks great! If you like to drink beer and tinker, then you're in good company

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #4
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Those legs don't look too sturdy whatre they made of? How many gallons are you going to do?

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Then i got to cutting and bolting things together. I came up with a way to make the burners out of angle steel.

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:45 PM   #6
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That's not a server rack, it's a telco rack. Probably aluminum.

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The hardest part was figuring out how to rig the gas up. Once the mig welder was dialed in, I got the metal to stick together. Not production welds, but good enough for a half ass homebrewer.

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Im still putting some finish up stuff on it. I have to mount the plate chiller etc. The majority is aluminum, but I used steel to make the burners, and then obvioulsy I used aluminum tread plate for the heat shield on the pump. I may make some banjo buners for it to use in the future. The regulator I put on the bottle goes up to 350 lbs, so the banjos shouldnt be a problem. What do you guys think of my first effort?????

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neat...however im still worried about how much you plan to brew? I would be skeptical of how much weight it will hold. Although, I'm pulling for you and hope it all works out.

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Old 01-07-2011, 12:14 AM   #10
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Looks great. Keep us updated with the finishing touches. I like the re-purposing, mine's made of recycled items too. I wouldn't worry about the weight, most brewstands on here are way overbuilt (mine included). Yours should hold up fine even with all three vessels full.

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