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Old 10-11-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default Another brew stand - 10 months in the making

This has been an ongoing 10 month build. A really good friend of mine is a welder/fabricator and has no interest in the beer making process, but loves to make things, so it worked out to be a good partnership for this project. We started in January of 2012, and I knew this would be a long ongoing project, so I decided against a thread until it was complete. We began with the Brutus 10 idea, took a little from Kal's and put some of our own ideas into it as well.

There's still some kettle work to be done, so over the next few days I'll be updating some more.

Started with 2" square tubing. We decided that this build would be a prototype for a future stand, so we can learn as we go. The next one will be all stainless.

Everything was TIG welded.





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Got the wind shields all in place, pump mounts, and casters on. We then decided to change our burner design after playing with the cast iron jet burners for a while. In my opinion (there is a lot of opinion on this forum) the 10" banjo burners have a much higher level of control, so we changed things up a bit mid way through the build.

Decided to go with a gas manifold mounted to strut rather than using the back bracket as the manifold. Again, going for the highest level of control. And if something went wrong, or we wanted to change something later on, it'd be easier with strut and a manifold.

All of the gas lines/fittings were TIG welded. Didn't want to mess with gas leaks.







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Nice looking stand, how tall is it?

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There are TONS of great ideas on this forum. Thank you to everyone for posting your ideas.

We looked at a number of panel arm ideas, and I wanted something that would swing/fold for easy storage. So we settled for a swing type. Teflon bushings were cut out from an old cutting board, then turned on the lathe.

Originally we wanted to run all the electrical through the tubing and into conduit below, but I kept adding more components so conduit all the way was necessary.









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Nice looking stand, how tall is it?

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With the casters it stands about 36". Just enough to be able to look into the kettles.
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Big thanks to mmurray for the schematic on his panel. I'm electrically challenged, so I reached to the forums for help. Decided to implement a timer and digital thermometer for the wort chiller on the panel as well.

I went through probably 15 panel designs, and finally decided to clean it up with lit switches. Main power (red), TCU Power (yellow), Solenoid Power (green), Pumps (white).

It's wired so that when the solenoids are open, the green lights will flip on as an indicator.

Rats nest in the picture is much cleaner now, don't worry. (Tags are in the mail, I'll post more of the "final pictures" when it's all done in about a week or so).







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Gas manifold in its entirety pulled off the panel. Standing pilot lights for the HLT and MLT on it's own valve for control. Looking back, we would have just T'd up from in between the two solenoid legs. Main reason we went with standing lights over an electric type, was just simplicity of design. The gas used during a batch is minimal, if not unnoticed.

Electrical manifold and conduit brought off as well. I do really like that I can pull just electrical off, or just gas off and make changes if needed, without pulling the entire stand apart to do so.







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Getting ready for paint!

Gas manifold got painted along with the naked stand. Then assembly!





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Assembling burners, electrical and gas manifolds.











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