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Old 01-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #251
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I just placed an order for a BIAB stand setup. Just for anyone's information, if you give them the lengths you need they will cut it for you for free and charge you by the foot. I paid the little extra $ than the Lowes channel to not have to hassle with getting a blade and cutting the metal. When you factor your time in its actually way cheaper and faster to have them cut your lengths.

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You're talking about g-p llc?
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:08 PM   #252
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That is correct

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:34 PM   #253
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Wish I knew about that, probably would have bought the black powder coat strut pre-cut.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:38 PM   #254
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I just placed an order for a BIAB stand setup. Just for anyone's information, if you give them the lengths you need they will cut it for you for free and charge you by the foot. I paid the little extra $ than the Lowes channel to not have to hassle with getting a blade and cutting the metal. When you factor your time in its actually way cheaper and faster to have them cut your lengths.

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Could you describe your design, or put up a sketch. I'm been playing with ideas for a BIAB design myself.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:44 AM   #255
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I'll do my best to describe it, since I didn't draw it out. I ended up going w a bit simpler design than my original plan also. To preface, I have a 62 qt Bayou Classic pot with the basket. Currently when I'm done mashing I pull the basket up by hand and have a buddy (or fiancé) put a stainless steel grill grate that fits exactly over my pot down, and I set the basket over that.

Anyway, my stand will be 16" wide x 16" deep. 24" tall. The stand will basically be a rectangle . I opted for the 8 hole angle brackets which ate probably overkill, but why not There will also be a strut piece across the front and back, about halfway down. This will have a piece of metal across it making a shelf for the banjo burner. I'm then mounting a piece of 10' strut to my garage ceiling. They make a "trolley" that has wheels and will slide within the strut channel. My plan is to hook up a motorized hoist (harbor freight $100) to that trolley and could assist brew friends lifting their bags out, etc as well as my own.

I will post the parts list of what I would have used if I attached a BIAB arm to the stand to help with lifting the basket out. I would suggest looking at their wing fittings, angle fittings, and shelf brackets and I guarantee you could envision any number of arm designs that would work.

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:09 AM   #256
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I'm then mounting a piece of 10' strut to my garage ceiling. They make a "trolley" that has wheels and will slide within the strut channel. My plan is to hook up a motorized hoist (harbor freight $100) to that trolley and could assist brew friends lifting their bags out, etc as well as my own.

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With a setup like this, anyone can have a hoist for BIAB or what ever you have to lift and move.

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:19 AM   #257
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Quick question. I love the material design. I'm thinking of making the stand 6ft long to accommodate a 3 station burner setup. Do you think I will need to add center pieces for stability? If so what connections do you think I can use to get the center pieces in since I won't be at a corner?

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:48 AM   #258
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There are lots of different bracket options. You could get L type brackets and have the strut facing sideways. That would allow you to bolt it to the bottom on 1 side by the channel, and on the other side by the slots in the strut.

If it were me and I was making one that big I would certainly but something in the middle for stability and to brace it. I am assuming you will have crossmembers on the "top" of your stand much like the original poster for your pots to rest on. I would bolt a strut to each one of this vertically in the front and back using an L or 90 degree bracket.

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:11 PM   #259
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Good point! I think I'll have to get creative with the brackets and mounts so I can keep places to mount pumps and such

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #260
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OK, another question occurs to me, looking at a couple of the designs (the very first one in particular).

Looking at a few welded brew stands, I've seen various methods designed to ensure that the kettles stay right where they belong - whether there's a "lip" that runs around the outside edge to keep the kettle from ever shifting, or cross beams going at 45 degree angles across the corners to catch the kettle should it ever shift, there's usually _something_ there.

But in most of these strut designs, I just don't see that. And I don't think I see any strut components that would seem appropriate to the purpose. Am I missing something, or just overcomplicating things?

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