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Old 02-01-2012, 03:02 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I've roughed up my initial thoughts for my brew stand.
I will be building this out of 1.5" square stock, 16 ga.

Does the concept of lowering the MLT make sense? This way I can fly or batch sparge with one pump. The MLT is a Igloo 10 gallon cooler. I'll then pump back up to the boil kettle. I'll also install some heat shield to protect the cooler.

I plan on using natrual gas. BK and HLT are keggles.

What is the best way to build supports/braces between the top and bottom level?

Other thoughts?
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:07 AM   #2
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I'm not a fan of pumping from the mash tun. Too many stuck sparges on my old RIMS system. What about reversing your layout? Put the tun high, and the kettles low. Then you could fly sparge by pumping from the HLT to the tun, and use gravity to drain to the kettle.

If the height of the tun is a problem, consider a rectangular cooler.

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Old 02-01-2012, 04:42 AM   #3
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I'm not a fan of pumping from the mash tun...
Even in single tier, two pump setups?
Thanks for the input, it will give me something to think about while at work tomorrow.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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There is no need for additional support braces. You can span 50" with 1.5 x .065 square tube.

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Old 02-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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There is no need for additional support braces. You can span 50" with 1.5 x .065 square tube.
I was hoping you would come in here and respond.

Any thoughts on pumping from the MLT?
That's got me thinking.
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Because your pump is essentially at the same height as your MLT, you're going have a heck of a time priming it. Note: you'll also want to rotate the pump so your inlet is down, outlet is up to help with priming. Save yourself the trouble, spend another $150, and make it a one-tier. Alternatively, you could raise the height of your top tier, but this would mean ladder work . . .

Just my two cents . . .

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another $0.02...
The HLT needs no attention so it can go higher or lower. Either way, you need to have a 12" drop to your pump like PLOVE stated and rotated like he mentioned also.

If you're a semi-DIYer, check out the BadAss2 link below, we have a frame only version.

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Agree with above, pumping will be tough in that setup. I use a pump from my MLT and never had any stuck sparge issues. I'd also tell you to make up your mind before building that you want to be a batch sparger, fly sparger or dare I say BIAB'er. I built before nailing it down and decided after the fact that it wasn't what I really wanted or needed.

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Thanks.
The pump mode was just to demonstrate placement, not orientation. Sorry for the confusion.

I found a cheap march 809 I can add and just go single tier. Will I be ok by using the 809 and my bigger little giant together?

Back to the drawing board. Looks like its it's going to be single tier with a cooler MLT.

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Well, don't completely rule out a two-tier with your mash on the upper... Shouldn't be a big deal to pump up to your mt for strike and sparge and grav feed from mt to boil. That would keep your rig simple, only need one pump, and keep your lifting to a minimum...

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