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Old 02-20-2011, 05:57 AM   #1
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Default My cheap three tier

I decided that I wanted to build myself a simple three tier stand but I didn't want to spend a bunch of cash. I've got a couple of work benches in my garage and I thought I could build it out of one of the mobile ones.

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I decided to make it in such a way that I could easily change it back into a work bench. Here is my progress:



Now I just need to figure out how I want to mount my HLT and add a couple valves and sightglasses to my kettles. I'm thinking about using a Closetmaid Max Load shelf kit bolted to the side of the bench. Each one of those shelves can support 400 lbs. If that's the route I take it will end up something like this:




With those supports/brackets I'll be in to this build for about $40.

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Old 02-20-2011, 06:14 AM   #2
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Man thats slick.

off topic, my brother went to College of Idaho, and sweet tattoo.

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Old 02-20-2011, 02:39 PM   #3
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Have you fired it up yet? I'm a little worried about the heat building up where that burner is. May be fine. Looks good though.

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Old 02-20-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Have you fired it up yet? I'm a little worried about the heat building up where that burner is. May be fine. Looks good though.
Very nice but I am kind of thinking the same thing about heat building up around the kettle. It could be a good thing in some ways in that the kettle will be surrounded by hot air and should come to boil very quickly as long as the materials around it are heat proof!

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Old 02-20-2011, 05:54 PM   #5
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Man thats slick.

off topic, my brother went to College of Idaho, and sweet tattoo.
Thanks... I'm itching for another tattoo pretty bad. I've pretty much got the design worked out, just gotta get the extra money for it. The artist we like isn't cheap...

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Very nice but I am kind of thinking the same thing about heat building up around the kettle. It could be a good thing in some ways in that the kettle will be surrounded by hot air and should come to boil very quickly as long as the materials around it are heat proof!

I've still got to run a boil test. The heat build up was a concern of mine too. Everything on there is steel except for the pieces of plywood that the MLT is on right now. I may change that depending on how the test goes. I can also remove the back panel but I hope to be able to keep it. We'll see...

Hopefully all goes well. If the tests are good I hope to be brewing next weekend!
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I like it alot!

I assume you have enough height from the bottom of the kettle to drain into a fermenter?

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I like it alot!

I assume you have enough height from the bottom of the kettle to drain into a fermenter?
Yup. My tallest 6.5 gal carboy is 22" tall and the bottom of the kettle is 23.5" from the ground.

And, two bolts turns it back in to a work bench...
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Looks great!

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Default Update...

Added the valves, sightglasses and thermometer to the HLT and the BK. Attached the shelves on the side for the HLT/burner and the LP tank. Removed the back panel behind the boil kettle and drilled vent holes in the side panel to help with the heat build up issue. Works great!! The way it's built there are three sheets of steel between the BK burner and the storage drawers. They act like heat shields and the temp inside the drawers hardley changes over an hour of boil time.

No more using pitchers to transfer strike/sparge water, no more racking canes or lifting/pouring to transfer to my carboy, etc..



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Watch for the heat buildup around the regulator hose connnection to the burner melting the hose.

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