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Old 03-05-2012, 10:53 PM   #11
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Thanks for the compliments. It's really not tippy especially with weight on the stand. If you're worried about it just make the entire stand a little wider and offset the burner and pot. This would allow the hoist to be over the wheels.

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Old 03-05-2012, 10:58 PM   #12
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By the way, the swivel below the hoist is a caster wheel assembly for a trailer tongue. I had one without the wheel so I flipped it upside down and welding the upper half of the hoist to it. The lower half is just pinned onto the tubing. Works like a charm and swivels 360 degrees to lower the basket to the floor or trash or wherever.

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:40 PM   #13
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Awesome! I love the mobility of your system.

What's the maximum batch size you can make with this?

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:45 PM   #14
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I've been drawing something like this for weeks! lol That looks like a 20 gallon pot... what is the pot basket combination / model if you don't mind?

Nice build... when pivoting wet grains off the center of gravity you might want some wheelie bars.... hehe

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Old 03-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #15
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The kettle is the Bayou Classic 82 quart with steamer basket. Batch size, I guess that depends on how big the grain bill is. I usually only do 10 gallon batches so I think I'll be ok with about anything I want to brew. I could always sparge if there is a need. Low gravity beers I could possibly squeeze out a 15 gallon batch.

For anyone that cares, the Little Giant pump is absolutely amazing. I had two March 809 pumps before and they are about 3 times as loud, 10 times harder to prime and pump about half of what the Little Giant will do. I was shocked that it sucked the test water right out of the pot with hardly any noise. It primed instantly. I will only run this about 1/4 of it's potential and it's way overkill for my needs. I picked it up for the same price as a new March. Great little pump.

As far as tipping goes, you have to remember that the wet grain (smashed dry) with basket may weigh 45-50#. The stand probably weighs 35# and the pump is offset to the oposite side. The kettle will have around 12.5 gallons of water in it when the basket is lifted and swiveled so in water weight alone the stand will have 100#. I don't think 45# will tip 135# even with it swiveled off to the side. I'll probable just lower it enough to pick it up off the hook and carry it out to the compost anyway. I would'nt recommend swiveling it all the way straight out the side since that would be some leverage. Caution and common sense will be used......hopefully. I'll test it before I have boiling water tipping.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:02 AM   #16
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It will not tip if draining over the pot because the center of gravity between the four wheels. I'd be careful swinging it around to the side but even then with 10g of water that's a fine counter balance

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:53 AM   #17
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Could you post some dimensions and a quick how to or just a parts list, been looking for a small stand to build and this could be perfect (though i dont have welding available so might go the weldless route, but the concept the same)

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:05 AM   #18
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A fold-away outrigger would solve any tendency to tip.

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:19 AM   #19
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The dimensions would really be dependent on how you wanted it. I used a 20.5 gallon kettle and made the stand to fit the kettle. I think mine is around 22" square and 20" tall plus the casters. I just took the components I had and made them fit how I wanted. The burner, chiller, pump, kettle, basket and your height would determine a lot of the dimensions. I'm pretty short at 5'8" so a lower stand makes stirring and then smashing the grain in the basket a lot easier for me.

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All I got to say is Dayuum!!! That is slick. I like the hoist to lift and move stuff like a jib crane. I may steal a bunch of elements from this set up to put on mine when I get around to building it. I like the swivel idea from the trailer jack too. Definately a candidate for best build 2012. Crap, now I gotta get busy. Oh well, chores are never done, thats why they call em chores. Thanks for the great build pics.
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