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Old 03-24-2008, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default BrewGuard Build

I, recently finding myself as a poor college student after selling my business and opting for a career change, had to make a decision... wait to build my brew rig, or use what I have to get it done.

In the spirit of masterful creations like the "brewflex," I present to you, my new brewing system... The BrewGuard



Well at leased it will be. This is a photo of the Weather Guard Ladder rack that I had on my truck before I sold my business. I opted to keep it for the steel rather than sell a used rack.

I'm not finished with my rig yet, but here are the build photos so far:

Day one (basic frame)

These are the side rails that will make up the main frame:


Welding the rails together:


Day two (upper deck)

I'm planning on continuing to use my Herms system, with a gravity fed MLT, so I raised the HLT level which will also give me room for my pumps and valves, not to mention any future control devices.

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Old 03-24-2008, 04:34 AM   #2
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Default Day 3

Here are the latest

Support & burner install

MLT Supports


HLT Burner & support


Main kettle burner


Burner Test


I know it's not too pretty, but give me time. I plan on getting all the components mounted with welded brackets first. I'll then unbolt everything, grind the welds, sandblast the whole shebang and then have it powder coated.

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Old 03-25-2008, 03:51 AM   #3
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Awesome! I showed your work to Brewflex and it gave a nod of approval.

Keep us updated!

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Old 03-25-2008, 03:55 AM   #4
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Very nice! I wish I had your welding skills, there is certainly no shortage of scrap metal around waiting to be reborn as a brew sculpture.

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Old 03-25-2008, 03:57 AM   #5
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Most Exclellent! Great use of materials at hand too! Some day I'll have a rig.

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Old 03-26-2008, 03:03 AM   #6
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This is what happens when you are a poor college student, and have been a Seabee so long that you no longer know what the word can't means. LOL, I am looking forward to seeing this thing in action this weekend. S.

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Awesome

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Default Day 4

Ok, scraped together a buck or two for some new 1/2 valves. time to start the plumbing.

step one, mount the base shelf (stainless road sign cut to size...and no the road sign was not stolen)



Mount pump and plumb Herms



Run tubing from HLT into MLT and plumb test sample spout

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Default Day 4 cont....

Hook up pump feed to Kettle (whirlpool spout)



Copper Jungle.... See if you can follow the lines... from the MLT to the pump, from the pump split one line to the Herms coil and the other to the kettle. From the Herms coil to the test sample spout and then back into the MLT.




What's coming next??? well, I still have to get another pump to recirculate my boil kettle (whirlpool) I know I could just use the one I have, but I like marathon brewdays where I have one batch mashing while the other boils. Then I'll have to construct my control panel. I plan on eventually installing a love control to operate the Herms pump. who knows where it will be by the weekend. The inaugural brew will be a 10 gal batch on sat.

I'll keep y'all posted

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Kegged/Conditioning:Wally N Seans Braggot, Emerald Eyes - Irish Red, Atomic Tsunami - brown
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:01 AM   #10
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Nice job! I like the recycled truck rack - cheap and apparently very effective. It's hard to follow the plumbing, but as long as you can manipulate it rather easily to get water/wort to go where you want it (without leaks), you're on the right track. I'm sure you can't wait to use it - I know I'd be anxious!

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