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Old 10-26-2012, 04:10 AM   #1
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I have a friend that welds and has left over steel. I told him about my idea and he's itching to build. I'll have to buy more steel to complete it but here's my drawing. I don't have a pump but may get one soon if the expenses on this are low enough. I need something compact but cant use a 3 tier because of the height in my garage (it's the midwest and it gets COLD). I came up with this plan to keep the mash tun (cooler) away from the flame. Even without a pump I can use a pitcher for the water and gravity feed the rest. This will also help when I get a pump because I wont have to worry much about sanitation. I plan on installing a water filter as well but this should be a pretty easy, manual stand right?

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Old 10-26-2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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If it was me I would try to prevent anything from over haning my two bottom vessles. If you have just enough width to fit a keg on top then there will be roughly 7 inches of overhang, or about half over your lower vessles. I would extend the bottom out wider so there is nothing that is over the two on the bottom. But for the most part looks good.

What type of burners are you planning on using? Is a water filter needed where you live?

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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If you'r pretty set on the width of the bottom section, how about making the top section have a stow position above the lower kegs and a "in use" position to the front or back of the lower section? you could have pins in slots for the stow and half of the in use postion and maybe an added leg for the part that is away from the stand, also pinned in place for security. I like the idea, looks good. But as Tally stated I woulnd't want my two lower kegs half covered which might also be an issue for your cooler due to steam.

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Old 10-26-2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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I need the stand to be compact and short, this is why its set up the way it is. I may make the center mast a bit taller, but not much. I'm going to reuse the burners from two turkey fryers for now but may upgrade later. I want to add the filter so I can use my garden hose as a source.

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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I just spoke with the welder, told him we'll raise the center up and brace it from the center mast to the edge of the top tier. Then we'll tack sheet metal to it as a heat shield and to allow any condensation a path down (other than in the kettle)

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:19 PM   #6
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Garden hose = bad day

Find a potable water hose to use - usually white or blue, from an RV store.
I'd thought of using a hose too, but found out thru the forums that using a garden hose is not a good idea.

Nice setup! I'm trolling these threads too, trying to get an idea for when I clean the ol' garage..

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I grew up drinking garden hose water. Used to brew with it for over a year, still alive.

Not saying its perfect but meh

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Old 10-27-2012, 01:09 AM   #8
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"Garden hose" should have been outside spigot. I plan on using a potable water hose just in case. FYI, I service aircraft and we fill our potable water trucks out of a sanitized (and inspected monthly) green garden hose.

Welding starts tomorrow after my son's 9AM football game.

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We got the steel cut, mocked up and partially welded together today. I changed my mind on the height of the second tier and it's going to give me more room for working in the keggles. Thanks for the suggestion. I still need casters and a way to mount the burners. I'm pretty pleased with today's progress and should get a little more done tomorrow.

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Old 10-29-2012, 04:29 AM   #10
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We got the stand welded together and most of the welds smoothed out. The casters are uneven and I have to sort that out. His shop floor must have had a huge dip in it right where we were working. I still have to figure out the mounting for the burners and get it painted. I wont be getting any of that done until my own garage gets cleaned out.

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