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Old 01-12-2008, 11:49 AM   #1
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Well since i got a pump for christmas i decided it was time to start making the stand. I am abatch sparger so im going for one pump/QDs for fluid transfers. I wanted the brew stand to be as low as possible so i would have to be going to highto dough in or dump water. I also wanted to do it all my self and as cheap as possible, so for me that meant not welding.

A wanted ad on craigslist put me with three bed frames; one normal one a trundel and onther werid one, i figured it would be enough for what i needed. THe biggest pain in the ass was cutting up the bed frames. I started with a dremel and assload of cutoff wheel but that was taking way too long. So i went to HD and got a cut off wheel for the miter and made things alot easier. THe miter wheel cuts to fast and heats up the iron and melts it not making the smoothest cut but i have a griding wheel for that later.

After a few weeks of thinking about i finally got down to assembling. I did the bottom first and drilled 1/4"holes wherever hte metal touched and put a small bolt lock washer and nut. This was fairly easy jsut need to remeber to drill through with the two irons together to get an exact hole. IT only took me day to assemble and it its pretty sturdy holds me anyways.

Well off to figuring out how to get that banjo mounted........(not going to edit for spelling)

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:02 PM   #2
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I'm in the middle of the same project so I'm looking forward to what you come up with. Mounting the burners is proving to be a challenge.

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:34 PM   #3
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Pictures of your build would be cool?

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Old 01-12-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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I have 2 banjos in my rig, and it was really difficult to get them in there. They're still kinda sitting at a funny angle. If you bolted your stand together, I'd make sure it's REAL sturdy. When you get a couple of full kegs and heat the steel with the banjo (REALLY hot), your structure is going to weaken significantly.

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Old 01-28-2008, 02:07 AM   #5
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Well its getting closer to being done. She aint purdy and im not sure if it workse yet but well see. Heres a close up:
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh87/PigsEarBrown/P1010032.jpg?t=1201488801
I still need to mount the pump, still workign on that. I also have two more kegs but have not decided whether i need them or not yet. I figured i would keep my 10 gal turkey fryer kettle becuase i only do five gallon batches for now, and have a hard time drinking them in reasonable time.
HEres how i mounted the banjo:
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh87/PigsEarBrown/P1010026.jpg?t=1201489306
I am not confident in this set up that burner is big and heavy and i wont test it out ontop of my wood deck. You can see the blts i used here i probably have about about 50 or so in this thing.
heres a close up of the corners:
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh87/PigsEarBrown/P1010028.jpg?t=1201489594

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Looks great so far!

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Those burners WILL cook your cooler. I hope I missed the part where you're replacing the cooler with another converted keg...?


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You need a pair of legs in the center of that span. You'll get some sagging without.

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THe legs are next and will also provde the mounting place for my pump. I completly forgot about melting the cooler. I am planning on a keg mashtun in the future. I was going to use the cooler through the winter months to better retain heat. I guess i will have to figure that one out for now. I would go for the keg mashtun now but i dont know how i will keep heat. I do have two IC (20' 3/8 and 20'1/2) so i could get a herms going but i am unsure about an unautomated set up.

I do ahve one question though. I have a brewmometer to be installed, and the digital waterproof traceble thermometer . i was going to mount the brewmometer on the hlt and was debating whether or not to get another one for the MT. Are mounted dial thermometer acurate for mash temps?

PLease any suggestions are apreciated.

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where did you find that nice keg?

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