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MaxOut 07-12-2011 02:30 PM

The MaxOut Brew Station
 
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Hello, I have been visiting HBT for several months while building my all grain brew system and have finally decided to share what I call the MaxOut Brew Station. Many thanks go out to others who post here who have helped inspire me too many to mention. I have had a lot of fun building and brewing on this project and it will continue to be a work in progress. When I started this I had no idea I would go to the extent I did with virtually no actual brewing experience other than a couple of attempts with small brew kits years ago. The one thing I did know is that I love beer, love to cook and love to build things so the sickness set in rather quickly consuming all of my free time. I have read thousands of posts on this forum, brew Wiki from beginning to end and every available piece of information I could get my hand on since I started this project. At several point’s it seemed I analyzed till I was paralyzed and almost threw in the towel. I am a huge Moosehead fan and have had it on tap in my garage for many years. It became harder for me to find a reliable source to provide fresh Moosehead kegs and as each dried up I kept the last keg and moved on. Over time I had acquired 3 Euro kegs and this is when I decided to research if they could be used for something useful and how I stumbled into brewing. So officially in October of 2010 I decided I was going to build a 3 vessel, HERMS, single tier, all grain, brew system and the project began.

I originally was looking at a Brutis 10 style stand but since it had all ready been done so many times I decided I wanted something different with work space attached. So I focused on the vessels’ first and would worry about the stand as I went along. Based on information gathered here I also decided some of the minimum vessel requirements for the system I intended to build. I wanted to go completely stainless, tig welded couplers, stainless heat exchanger, camLoks, silicone tubing and min ˝” plumbing. Well this is how it went….

MaxOut 07-12-2011 02:40 PM

Assembly
 
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Got the kegs cut open with, fitting tig welded and I made the false bottoms with 14 gage stainless steel, hinged with perforated 1/8" holes on 1/8" centers. I also cut stainless steel mesh various sizes for use in mash lauter tun and boil kettle according to filtering needs. Dip tubes notched and satin finish on kegs.

MaxOut 07-12-2011 02:47 PM

Vessel's Complete
 
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HLT/Heat exchanger completed 1/2" stainless steel 45' coil bent and installed. Remaining hardware and lids welded and completed.

onthekeg 07-12-2011 02:50 PM

Nice job Maxout!

MaxOut 07-12-2011 03:10 PM

Ricirculate and sparge lid
 
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Welded couplers on keg lids and used CamLocks, bottle filler tip, short piece of silicone tubing and SS tubing to make a removable multipurpose device. I use this device during recirculation of the wort during mash, and for sparging. During recirculation I put the tip beneath the liquid surface above the grain bed and the liquid is dispersed out in all directions not allowing and O2 to get in. During sparge I Push the SS tubing through the silicone tubing into the top. This gives me a nice symmetrical sparge pattern that does not disturb the grain bed. Works great and easy to remove. (Need a SS bottle filler tip)

MaxOut 07-12-2011 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by onthekeg (Post 3079268)
Nice job Maxout!

Thank You!

birvine 07-12-2011 03:28 PM

Wow!

B

MaxOut 07-12-2011 05:30 PM

Instant Hot water Heater
 
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While I was assembling the vessel’s I was acquiring other useful parts of the brew system. I spent allot of time on e-bay, at auctions and Craigslist but my patients paid off. First I scored a new Rinnai propane direct vent commercial grade instant hot water heater with two digital controllers for $300.00. WOW Controllers alone are worth that. I was stoked as this shaves over an hour off my brew day and will provide mash and sparge water on demand. This will be even more useful in the future when I am doing double batches. I temp mounted the heater to some lumber I had laying around. I will mount it permanently in garage for domestic hot water and a panel at the brew station in the near future. I also added a whole house filter food safe RV hoses. For now it is portable and works awesome and because it’s a commercial model it goes to 185 degrees!

MaxOut 07-12-2011 05:42 PM

Secondary Fermentor
 
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I also found a True SS two door refrigerator at auction for $125.00 and all it needed was to be cleaned and a $29.00 compressor fan. I initially planned on using this for my primary fermentor but eventually got demoted to secondary. I decided to brew some lagers and found a larger primary. This one holds 3ea. 6.5 gallon fermentors with space to spare and will maintain 40 degrees all summer long. Connected to BCS and relay control compressor.

MaxOut 07-12-2011 06:00 PM

Brew Station Arives
 
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Up until this point I still do not have a stand and starting to get frustrated…I was hitting kitchen auctions looking for ideas and stumbled onto a chefs table that looked promising. It would require some serious rearranging in my garage and was a few hundred miles away so I was not able to inspect prior to auction. It was an internet auction with a company I had done business with before so I felt comfortable that it was legit and picture represented the item. I was even able to get some measurements from the auction company. This thing was huge 16’ X 36” and 8’ to top of bakers rack. Not knowing if the refrigerator worked that was incorporated into the table and having no idea how I was going to get it out of there I put $575.00 bid on it and did not even watch it end. I figured if I win it for that amount it was meant to be and I would make it happen. Well I won it and got it home with some help from my friends. Cleaned it up and placed it in the garage after a weekend of making room. Now the ideas started flowing and it was time to order materials. I finally had the missing link to the entire project and fueled my determination to finish this build. This picture is the picture the auction company had posted and the one I purchased it from.


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