Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fish Tank Stand for Brew Stand
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
aredling
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 49
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Fish Tank Stand for Brew Stand

Like many others before me i'm combing through the HBT archives as I plan a brew stand build. I haven't seen a whole lot about using those angle iron fish tank stands as a starting point.

I have one if my basement that measures:

49.5" long, 13.24" deep, 28" tall.

This was originally for a 55 gallon tank so the strength doesn't concern me for 3 keggles. It's 1.25x1.25x.125 angle all around and has some supports in various locations too.

The keggles would only hang off the edge very slightly maybe 1" on front and back if I centered them.

Almost identical the thisone

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

__________________
aredling is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
cscade
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
cscade's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Posts: 456
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

My only immediate concern would be the space. When you say hanging over by an inch, are the keggles touching? I bet they are.

Even if it can handle the weight, I'd be concerned about cramming everything else in there like burners etc. Doing things in a small space is good, but you don't want to constrain yourself considering that most of your $$$ is going to be spent on your keggles/fittings/etc anyhow. The stand is a relatively cheap part of the whole build.

If you really want to use the stand, do you have access to a local welder who could elongate and reinforce it for you on the cheap?

__________________

Seeker Brewing Co.
est. 2008
Build Thread - Blog
cscade is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
aredling
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 49
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I def. have access to local shops that can do this work if I need it. My boss has a welding setup that he's always looking for an excuse to use.

I don't have all 3 kegs yet, just my single keggle right now. The stand is 49.5 long. 3 kegs (16.1" each) is 48.3 total space. If each of the kegs on the end are all the way at the outside edge you'd have ~1/2" space between the kegs. This does seem tight but I'm not sure how much space i'd give myself if i was gonna build this from scratch. Maybe 2-3 inches clearance?

I looked at this as a good way to save 200 bucks in material + labor to build the stand myself.

__________________
aredling is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
cscade
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
cscade's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Posts: 456
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I hear you on the savings.

One thing to consider is that an aquarium is self-bracing. Meaning, the vertical sheets of glass don't bend, so the stand does not need to be as strong in the middle. With three keggles, you essentially have three separate point loads. The stand is going to flex. Will it actually bend or break? I doubt it. But it's certainly not going to stay straight while in use.

With regard to spacing, 4" seems like a good minimum to me.

I'd consider getting your friend with the welder to extend the frame with some channel by roughly 1', and reinforce it with another crossbar and a single central leg while he's at it. Won't be much material.

__________________

Seeker Brewing Co.
est. 2008
Build Thread - Blog
cscade is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #5
aredling
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 49
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I think this is a good idea, and even if I have to get this done at a machine shop it won't be too much work. 6' sticks of that angle are only 15 bucks from mcmaster.

Mine already has a single crossbar in the middle that the link doesn't show. I could just add two more legs below that. Sounds like that's my best bet.

thanks for the advice.

__________________
aredling 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
Plastic-Mart $135 15 Gallon Conical Tank & Stand rkulp89 DIY Projects 17 02-11-2012 10:22 AM
80/20 Brew Stand PaulHilgeman DIY Projects 87 11-12-2011 04:23 PM
Brew in a Bag Stand TopherM DIY Projects 8 07-24-2011 12:08 PM
Brew Stand build (Mini Brew Stand) Espi DIY Projects 20 05-07-2011 01:06 AM
Need some help with my Brew Stand... Please. ThePearsonFam DIY Projects 7 05-25-2009 04:06 PM