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Copbrew133 11-09-2012 10:24 PM

My Brewstand with pics (coming along)
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I have been brewing all grain for a while now and have been checking out all the great builds on HBT for some time. In August I finally made the decision that I wanted and needed to build myself a stand. With so many considerations and variations on these brew plants I decided to begin with the father of these types of systems, Mr. Brutus 10 by Lonnie Mac. I ordered the plans and studied them for about three weeks. I then downloaded a free trial of Google Sketchup and began my drawings and planning out what I needed in a brew system I how I planned to get there. Albeit I started with the Brutus plans I did what I think most people do which is build a hybrid to fit their owns needs. Thank you to everybody who posted their builds on HBT and to Lonnie for the inspiration.

I started by borrowing a buddies welder, free is good, and buying (2) 24ft. sticks of 2x2" square steel tubing. It is 1/8" wall. A bit of overkill probably, but whatever it's 165 lbs of love. I also picked up a stick of 1x1" angle iron to build brackets for a lower shelf. I haven't welded since I was a kid with my dad so I rightly decided the gas beam was not in the cards, I would externally plumb the gas and thus the welding began.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 10:28 PM

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I bought the same inserts and casters as Lonnie did in his build and got them on as this thing is heavy, even for me.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 10:33 PM

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I welded in the cross members to support the general of where the pumps will mount to the lower shelf. I welded these appx. 1/8" below the lower portion of the stand so when the shelf is in it is flush mounted. I also drilled holes in the cross members to install the electrical wiring via conduit.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 10:41 PM

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The gas manifold mounted with the black 1/2" ID pipe from lowes and their fittings. I mounted the manifold with metal clamps screwed directly into the stand. Holds pretty strong. Later I would have to remove this to fix a couple gas leaks. Live and learn. I wanted a clean look to the build and installing the gas and electrical under some shiny diamond plate fit the bill. Just notched out the soft aluminum for the regulators and I will drill and screw down the diamond plate "shelf" later. That is where the angle iron "brackets" come into play from earlier.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 10:55 PM

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While I was working on the stand I got a delivery from Front Panel Express. Turned out better than I thought it would. Those guys are awesome and I could not wait to start on the control box. I picked up a NEMA enclosure on Ebay for about $40 that was 14"x10"x6" with a hinged lid and designed the front panel around it. I picked up the cheap switches from China off Ebay as well. Two Love TS2 xontrollers with stainless probes and a basic wiring job exactly as it is in the original Brutus design, except I decided to use Honeywell VR82002132 valves for the safety aspect so I had to incorporate transformers at some point. Hell of a thing is I had ordered two Honeywell AT7D1683 transformers off Amazon and installed everything into the control panel and...........the suckers were DOA. Lesson learned, always check electronics before mounting them...DUH! The control box came out well I think.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 11:08 PM

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I decided to use two of the gas valves aforementioned, no need for one on the BK, just a ball valve. I put ball valves after the valves for a little burner control, there is also a needle valve off the regulator. Each of the two Honeywell's is fed by it's own low pressure regulator to ensure the main gas manifold is pressurized enough to feed all three burners at once. Doubt Ill use all 3 at once but if it it works for 3 it will certainly work for 2.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 11:13 PM

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I decided to mount the control panel onto a swivel TV mount from Amazon, $20, and it's stout. It gives me the ability to move the panel to where I need it and to fold it pretty fluch to the end of the 71" wide stand. Some strain relief fittings keeps me from Mongoing the wires out, lol.

Roadliner 11-09-2012 11:14 PM

That's looking AWESOME man.. wish I had the skills for something like that

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 11:17 PM

I got all my electrical and gas Gremlins worked out so now I just have to be patient......fat chance.....and wait for SWMBO to buy me my pumps and keggles for Xmas. Thanks for checking it out, I'm pretty proud of it so far.

Copbrew133 11-09-2012 11:21 PM

Thanks....that's the thing, you look at these systems and go holy crap, but when you break it down to the individual systems.......stand,electrical,gas,burners, valves etc. it is not that daunting. Coming from the generation that graduated high school just before the internet took off I am amazed at the technical information you can pick up online. Take it slow and go for it.

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