Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > First Sigle Tier Brew Rig

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-29-2011, 03:51 AM   #1
de3isit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 256
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default First Single Tier Brew Rig

So I finally started my very own single tier brew rig and wanted to chronical it to get some feedback as I went through it.

Keggles
My keggles were welded by a friend who builds cryogenic systems for a living. A very impressive welder if I do say so. He also motivated me to try my hand at welding, so I bought a cheap welder on CL for $60.
keggle-welds.jpg
Two of the three kegs welded. I ended up settling on four couplings on each keg.
-valve
-sight glass
-thermometer- I got 3 Ashcroft thermometers for $23 total. Killer Deal!
-recirculation
hlt.jpg
I even decided to try my hand at polishing a keg. The result is really cool, but it took about 3 hours. Still haven't decided if I'm going to do the other two.
All of my connections are stainless steel cam lock fittings from Pro Flow Dynamics.

Rig
burners.jpg
I am going to have 3 Banjo burners with two of them controlled by two Honeywell Y8610 kits. I do need some advice on how and where to mount the Y8610 modules. There will be a panel with all the switches to control the burners and pump that can be automated at a later date.
1-raw-metal.jpg
Here is the metal I picked up at the local scrap yard for $100. It is 2"x3" steel that is just over 1/16" thick. I know it is way overkill, but is was super cheap!
2-cut-metal.jpg
I got all of the metal cut with the help of a friend who let me borrow his chop saw.

__________________

Last edited by de3isit; 12-30-2011 at 12:16 AM.
de3isit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2011, 03:55 AM   #2
de3isit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 256
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

3-top-level.jpg
Here is the top level welded up. The welds are pretty crappy and require a ton of grinding. That what you get from formal training from Youtube.
4-mock-up.jpg
Here is a mock up of what it will look like once completed.
I haven't decided on if I am going to paint it or not. Any suggestions on a cheap solution would be helpful.
__________________
de3isit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2011, 04:08 AM   #3
rlroberts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by de3isit
<img src="http://www.homebrewtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=41820"/>
Here is the top level welded up. The welds are pretty crappy and require a ton of grinding. That what you get from formal training from Youtube.
<img src="http://www.homebrewtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=41821"/>
Here is a mock up of what it will look like once completed.
I haven't decided on if I am going to paint it or not. Any suggestions on a cheap solution would be helpful.
Great start, I will be starting one this spring. Polish the other two kegs they just look awesome that way.
__________________
rlroberts is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2011, 05:24 AM   #4
bmunos
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 289
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

sick!! How the hell did you get a welder so cheap?? is it a mig welder?

__________________
bmunos is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2011, 05:55 AM   #5
de3isit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 256
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

It's a cheap harbor freight mig welder someone was getting rid of. A piece of advice would be to replace the wire with a high quality wire. All wire is not created equal.

__________________
de3isit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-30-2011, 12:05 AM   #6
de3isit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 256
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

The welding is just about done. I have a few welds to touch up and grind down. Doesn't look too bad for a first time welder.
5-welded-rig.jpg
Next I need to go pick up wheels and figure out where I want to run the gas lines. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I should mount the Honeywell modules?

__________________
de3isit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-09-2012, 12:27 AM   #7
de3isit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 256
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Update

My in-laws have been in town so I spent more time drinking beer than working on my rig.

7-burner-brackets.jpg
I finally got the burner brackets welded on. They have one adjustment hole that can move the burners down one inch. The top hole is set to have the burners at 4.5" below the top rail. I may need to add another once I get them fired up.

8-painted.jpg
Today I took the grinder to all the welds and sanded the whole thing down. I went to Autozone and picked up some manifold paint that is good up to 2000 degrees. I decided on flat black to give it an industrial look and figured it would hide some of my crappy welds.

9-wheel-mounts.jpg
I went to the scrap yard and picked up four brand new swivel wheels with two of the locking for only $12 bucks. Awesome score! I put a nut on the top and bottom so I can adjust the height to compensate for the slight pitch of my driveway.

10-burners-mounted.jpg
Here it is with the burners mounted. It looks pretty cool in the flat black.

Hopefully I will get the gas lines plumbed this week. I could still use some suggestions on how and where I should mount the Honeywell ignition modules.

Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
__________________

Last edited by de3isit; 01-09-2012 at 12:35 AM.
de3isit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-09-2012, 01:23 AM   #8
saintdog327
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 118
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

This is really awesome! I can't wait to make/get a setup like this at some point in my brewing life!

__________________
Primary 1: Cellis White
Primary 2: Scottish Ale
Primary 3: Empty
Conditioning: Milk Stout
Current Process: Collecting / Cleaning Bottles

From Boston? Lets Brew Together!
saintdog327 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-09-2012, 01:31 AM   #9
brewman !
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,227
Liked 14 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Nice work !

__________________

Getting back into brewing...

brewman ! is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2012, 03:32 AM   #10
de3isit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 256
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

So I finally got around to mounting the main gas line and the Honeywell valves.

10-burners.jpg

I am using 2 Honeywell valves to control the HLT and the MT. The BK will just have a shut off valve to control the flame.

11-burners.jpg

I found these really awesome pipe hangers at Lowes.

Next I need to mount the ignition modules in a waterproof box and the power cord and control panel wiring.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for looking.

__________________
de3isit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Two Tier Brew Rig Build! InfernoBrews DIY Projects 45 11-23-2012 03:10 AM
Help with demensions on sigle tier system Dupell13 DIY Projects 3 10-30-2011 07:40 PM
My new 3-tier brew stand jlaureanti DIY Projects 15 04-08-2011 05:16 PM
2 tier brew rig ronstar55 DIY Projects 1 12-28-2010 06:27 PM
4 tier brew rig, all gravity Gen3Benz DIY Projects 5 05-26-2009 02:07 AM