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kuenro02 02-16-2012 04:27 AM

Which brewstand should I go with?
 
Hey guys! I am in the planning stages of my brewstand... very early stages. Here is what I think I want, two tier herms so I can use just 1 pump (for now). I am newly married and bought a new house so cash is tight. I will most likely build a stand from wood and convert 3 used kegs for my HLTMLTandBK. So what I've seen is:

1. HLT and MLT up and BK down a tier.
2. HLT up and MLT and BK down a tier all inline.
3. HLT up but between the MLT and BK which are down a level.

I have soo many questions and I don't want to over load right away so I will start with that. Which do you prefer and why?

Thanks and my wife will appreciate this because I'm spending way to much time researching ideas for my stand instead of other things.

Schnitzengiggle 02-16-2012 04:32 AM

The only suggestion I will make is to try to think forward, you say 1 pump for now, do you want to use more than one in the future, incorporate that into your design now, to save $$$ later.

I would go with #2 myself. pump water as needed into MLT for strike and sparge, let gravity work to drain to BK.

Good Luck, take alot of pics, and post'em!

Cheers!

kuenro02 02-16-2012 04:44 AM

If I went with #2, how would I use gravity to get from my MLT to my BK if they are on the same tier. It would be gravity from the HLT to MLT and then pumped from MLT to BK. Appreciate the advise on looking forward to save more$.

dutchoven 02-16-2012 04:55 AM

I'm currently debating the same thing ... one pump, gravity somewhere. Right now, I'm leaning toward HLT up high, gravity drain to MLT, pump to BK on same level as MLT. I like the idea of a low MLT and BK so I can easily stir grain and chill ...

Schnitzengiggle 02-16-2012 05:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kuenro02 (Post 3791830)
If I went with #2, how would I use gravity to get from my MLT to my BK if they are on the same tier. It would be gravity from the HLT to MLT and then pumped from MLT to BK. Appreciate the advise on looking forward to save more$.

My bad read that wrong.

#1 is what I meant, but I'm sure you figured that out. :p

JoshuaWhite5522 02-16-2012 05:41 AM

If you are using a pump, why does it matter what tier the componets are on? thats the beauty of a pump. IMO the point of getting a pump is so that gravity is no longer an issue. A few QD on the hoses and keggles and switching is easy-peasy.

That being said, are you planning on placing the HERMS coil in the BK (so you can use it as a immersion chiller as well), or in the HLT. I would say that you'd problably want the MLT and which ever componet the HERMS coil is in on the same tier.

kuenro02 02-16-2012 05:19 PM

So your saying that I could just build a single tier and then move the pump around? Pump from HLT to MLT then MLT to BK then sanitize and pump from BK to fermentor? Also, do people use the herms coil in the HLT and then switch it to the bk a lot? never heard of that but its a great idea

dfess1 02-16-2012 05:24 PM

what kind of beers do you brew? Lately I've done a couple of larger ABV brews, and done a "small beer" with the same grain. With my single tier and pumps, I've drained the initial runnings into my BK, then filled the MLT back up with water from the HLT, let it sit for 20 min, then pumped it back into my HLT which now pulls double duty as a second BK. 2 beers for the price of one grain bill. Makes it easier with the single tier and using the pumps to move the liquid around.

kuenro02 02-16-2012 10:20 PM

Mostly ales, I did a hefeweizen a while back, sipping on a rye pale ale at the moment. I've never heard of someone doing that but it's smart if it works. What do others think or prefer in a brew stand with one pump? I will use 1 pump until I get the money to get a second, which might be awhile after I get this sculpture built.

mountainman619 02-17-2012 12:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfess1 (Post 3793473)
what kind of beers do you brew? Lately I've done a couple of larger ABV brews, and done a "small beer" with the same grain. With my single tier and pumps, I've drained the initial runnings into my BK, then filled the MLT back up with water from the HLT, let it sit for 20 min, then pumped it back into my HLT which now pulls double duty as a second BK. 2 beers for the price of one grain bill. Makes it easier with the single tier and using the pumps to move the liquid around.

dfess1 I must confess :p, I have never heard of doing that before. Brilliant. Can you elaborate on the 'small beer'. Like volume, OG's etc?

Sorry to the OP, I don't want to hijack the thread. We could take it to a new thread or PM if need be.

Thanks!


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