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Old 02-11-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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Well, here it is. I'll post some updated pics once I get the burners mounted and propane plumbed in.

The steel was some 2" scrap that I was given, and I welded it with some help from my brother, so the total cost of what you see is $0! This was my first attempt at welding EVER, so I'm very proud even though the welds are ugly. Total time to cut, weld, grind, paint < 3 hours. I can't believe how easily everything went. It's not quite commercial quality, but I don't care. I get a much bigger kick out of things I do myself.

I can't wait to use it. No more stacking crap up to get one pot above another, and no more lifting scalding water above my head! The other thing is I've got the capacity to do 10 gallon batches now and I think this will make that process much easier.

I've got an idea about how I'll do the plumbing, but I'll take any advice you have.

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Congrats on getting it done. Nice job.

I really like the fact that you put long legs on it. I look at some brewstands and wonder why they don't fall over.

I find welding very easy to do and its not what I do for a living. There are some pictures of my welds in my gallery. I don't understand why more people don't make their own brewstands. You can build a lot with a welder, a grinder, a drill press and a saw of some sort.

A word of advice, if I may... sometimes welds look stronger than they are. Being that this is your first weld job, you might want to test the strength of everything, by, say, hanging 2 or 3x the weight of a full brew kettle on each of the levels. If you have a teen age person in your house, have them hang and sit on each level !

I'd just hate to have it fail in use.



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Actually, I've tested each level with my 225 lb butt and they seem to be more than strong enough. Good advice, though! It would suck to have one break loose during a brewing session.

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Old 02-11-2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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Nice job. Like the colour.

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Good job! can't wait to see it completed.

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Thats an awsome job man, someday when i have enough room

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Looks great! How tall is it? How far off the ground is that bottom level for your boil kettle?

I should do a vertical like that because I don't have a lot of space, but I'm sorta thinking I'll do a two tier.
Thanks. I didn't want it to be very tall. The bottom level is 8" off the ground and there's 24" between each tier, so the top level is 4'8". I have a CFC and I use a wort wizard to get the wort into the primary. I may cut off the center post at the top tier, but I left it for now in case I want to secure the kettles to it somehow.

I don't have a pump, so I went with 3 tiers.
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question: how do you transfer from the kettle to the carboy?

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question: how do you transfer from the kettle to the carboy?
Wort Wizard. I'd recommend! I can drain 5.5g from a kettle thru the CFC in about 7 minutes. 200 to 70 degrees.

http://www.wortwizard.com/
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I've tested each level with my 225 lb butt
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