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Old 04-27-2011, 01:48 AM   #1
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So I've decided to go Nano. I've started to build the new rig and figured I would document it here.

Here's the google sketchup I started with:



From there it was time to learn to weld. I bought a really crappy MIG welder to build the frame and got the 55 gallon stainless steel drums of Ebay. 3 for $750 shipped. I've heard of others getting better deals, but its the best I could find at the time.

Here's the rig where it sits right now. Lots left to do. This pic really makes the bottom beam look like its bending.... It doesnt look like that in real life.



And a quick video of the Tippy Dumpy in action. Still need to figure out how to make it NOT swing while I'm brewing.



Some close ups of the hubs I got off a front wheel drive car at a junk yard.




And a comparison pic of my keggle system vs the 55 gallon system. Pour little guy is all jealous of its big brother




And I'll be using 1" tri clover fittings through out.




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Old 04-27-2011, 01:52 AM   #2
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Nice work! Are you going to use a herms coil in the HLT? Will you be taking your other system apart or buying all new for this? Can you weld a latch onto the tippy dump to lock it when in use, that shouldn't be too hard.

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:57 AM   #3
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Nice work! Are you going to use a herms coil in the HLT? Will you be taking your other system apart or buying all new for this? Can you weld a latch onto the tippy dump to lock it when in use, that shouldn't be too hard.
From what I've read of other people going 1.5BBL you really don't need the HERMs to maintain temps. Its so much mass that the temp drop over an hour is like 2 degrees. I'm going to start without it and see what happens.

I will be cannibalizing all the electrical from my old system.

Yeah, I'll figure something out. Shouldn't be too hard. I want 3 positions. Fill, Dump, and upright.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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To keep it from swinging you could use a gate latch like this

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202205489/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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Awesome. Good luck on your project!

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I really like the idea of using car hubs. This rig is already looking really nice. Imagine how amazing it'll look when you're done!

What are your thoughts regarding fermentation? For example, source for purchasing the vessels, cooling the vessels, etc.

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awesome, just one comment think you will need to beef up the stand when you add water, grains etc... that will be alot of weight added to the stand especially in the center for the Mash Tun. just my $.02

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I would really think about adding a set of swivel casters in the middle. if it's not bending now it will be when you get a couple hundred #s of grain and water in the mashtun.

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I really like the idea of using car hubs. This rig is already looking really nice. Imagine how amazing it'll look when you're done!

What are your thoughts regarding fermentation? For example, source for purchasing the vessels, cooling the vessels, etc.
Thanks! The car Hubs were cheap. My Dad's idea. He works at the car recycle place. $40 for something I KNOW will hold the weight. For fermentation I'm going to get some 3 BBL plastic conicals and do double batches into them. Cooling them has mme a bit at a loss atm. I'll either put them in the cold room and go ambient, or drop a SS coil down the middle. Fermeneters are the next project before I actually rent a place to start brewing. I want all my equipment good to go before I drop the Money on 3 months of rent I'll never see profit from. Damn Government ....

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Nice off the shelf idea. Thanks. I may have to go this route.

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awesome, just one comment think you will need to beef up the stand when you add water, grains etc... that will be alot of weight added to the stand especially in the center for the Mash Tun. just my $.02
I know it might not look like it, but the stand is a tank. I'll add support where needed. It's all 1.5" square tubing. I'm not too worried about it. I bought gussets for all the corners which i will most likely install in some places. Besides, I will DEFINITELY be doing a few water tests to make sure everything is safe.

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I would really think about adding a set of swivel casters in the middle. if it's not bending now it will be when you get a couple hundred #s of grain and water in the mashtun.
I bought 8 of them. I have 4 more. I just wanted to get the step in front figured out. I will be adding them. Each kettle is going to weight like 400 lbs when full. It's a lot of weight. 4 casters were rated for enough, but I got the extra 4 to be on the safe side.

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Awesome. Good luck on your project!
Thanks for all the advice and "Good Luck"s everyone.
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