Finally...Wooden Single Tier Underway
Finally, after six months and slowly ordering parts, I got a start on my Wooden, Single Tier, Brutus like system. It all got started tonight with the serendipitous cutting of the keggles....I even used a jig.
The Temp Controllers:
The Temperature Probes:
More to come tomorrow as I build the stand and drill the the keggles for Bargain Fittings weldless fittings and BobbyM's sight valves with therms.
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Some progress today...
I got the holes for the weldless bulkheads and the sightglasses drilled.
All Three kegs: The middle is a Guiness keg (13.2 gal) and will have a through wall thermometer added. I have the thermometer but I need to get a couple of silicone gaskets to seal it.
After I got all of the sticker residue off of the kegs with some BKF, I started on the wood stand. 66"x24"x30"(w/o casters)
Mitered corners with the lug bolts:
I'm still trying to decide how I want to do the supports for the keggles. I have 1 1/2" square steel tubing I'm going to use but I'm trying to decide the best way to put them in. My original plan was to notch out a 2x4 for the tubing and bolt it on the inside upper rim of the stand. Then I thought, why add the extra weight when I could notch out the existing upper rim 2x6 about an inch on each side. Any thoughts?
I'm very interested in the plans and how this is going to turn out. Are you going electric? Or propane or natural gas?
I like the stand and I am going to build something similar too..
What is the stability since you put single bars in corner?
I'm doing a low pressure propane set up. I have a picture of my burners that I'll post later. I'm currently typing this from my iPhone (HomeBrewTalk app). For the BK and the Sparge water tank I'm using the larger BG14's and for the Mash Tun I have the smaller 6" version of that burner.
As far as stability, I have no worries that it will hold up. The bottom and top of each leg has two 1/2" lug boots as you can see in the pictures and the sides are secured to the 2x4 legs with 3/8" lag screws. I originally was going to use some 4" casters but it just added too much height to the stand so I picked up some 2" casters from Harbor Freight today. They're rated for 75lbs each and should hold up just fine.
Don't add the extra weight. Those 2x6's are overkill already. You can notch them to hold the base for the burners. I recently built a wooden brewstand out of 2x4's and was very conscious of the weight and bulk of the timber. It's stronger than you think, so take advantage of its versatility and cut into it.
I'll be watching, especially since you're here in town!
Did you source your kegs locally?
I have two of the shorter Guiness kegs but the other has a welded bottom draining fitting. Both of those were Craigslist finds when I lived in Tennessee. A guy up there was selling his whole setup for $350 so I took it. I got another 4 off of Craigslist last year for $50. I checked the Orlando listings and just happened to find them. Drove down that day and picked them up. I've gotten pretty lucky finding stuff on the C'list.
I'm not trying to advertise for either site but SearchTempest is the site I use to check multiple Craigslist cities at one time. I normally don't use it for small stuff but if I'm looking for something very specific or that I could save some money on by driving a little farther.
I still have one of the kegs and I'll be trying to find a new home for it and the bottom drain one at our next brewclub meeting.
Hopefully, I'll get some more work done on the stand this week. Spent the last few days at the hospital and I'm happy to announce, A NEW LITTLE BREWER HAS BEEN BORN!! Totally STOKED!!:rockin:
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