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Old 01-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #201
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Just a heads up to everyone. This Sunday we are going to assemble and take pics of the process regarding the use of the unistrut. So if you have any questions let us know and we will try to answer during the construction day.
Awesome! Can't wait to see it posted. That will help a lot for those who see this and other threads with it shown but not actually built. Pretty simple, but some people just like seeing it done, and with youtube and vimeo it's so easy.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:05 AM   #202
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Cut all my pieces this weekend and just waiting for the nuts to come in the mail to put it all together. For those of you who aren't sure what to use to cut the strut, go to Menards, or whatever hardware store you prefer, and rent their chop saw. Cost $10 for four hours and it cuts through like butter.







View of the brew rig from the side with the control panel extended out


View of the brew rig from the front with the control panel folded in.

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:25 AM   #203
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I like what I'm seeing here! Electric or gas? What size?

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #204
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Going to be electric and it's going to be a kal clone. Dimensions are L:77.625", D: 16.75", H (with out kegs):22.5", H (with kegs): 47"

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Cut all my pieces this weekend and just waiting for the nuts to come in the mail to put it all together. For those of you who aren't sure what to use to cut the strut, go to Menards, or whatever hardware store you prefer, and rent their chop saw. Cost $10 for four hours and it cuts through like butter.
What was the cost per foot ?
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Bought mine from Menards, they come in 10ft sections for $18.97. I used 5, with a some left over.

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:03 PM   #207
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Well Sunday was our funday and we ended up cutting 7 of the 10' 12ga. strut sections and assembled everything.

We rented a chop saw for the weekend and if you do, do yourself a favor and go to HD/Lowes and pick up their Dewalt saw blade specifically for stainless steel. There is even a picture of strut on the blade, we bought two of them and they cut through all 32 cuts with out losing even a 1/2" on the blade. Those generic grinding blades suck and you will spend more then you want as you blow through those.

For the stand we are using natural gas that I recently had installed professionally. Something about a denied homeowners claim made me not want to do it myself. Right now we only have one of the burners hooked up and we used a 23 tip jet burner. I know a lot of people find them difficult or a pain, but honestly we are controlling the gas flow with a gate valve and a ball valve as a shut off. It has worked like a charm so far so we ordered another one from Amazon for $24. It is more heat then we need on a keggle system... so I guess we will have to start doing larger batches

I have a parts list also included in the pictures, and we had to do a HD trip to pick up a few brackets for extra supports we made after the initial build. But if you go by my plans everything on the parts list will be enough.

For the plans I used Google Sketch Up which is a free program also.

We didn't run in to any "gotchas" or injure ourselves which was great and to cap it off we celebrated by doing a "wet" run of the system and enjoyed a Hopslam which is finally being released.

Enjoy and feel free to ask if you have any questions.


Here is a link to the full album if you want to check it out.


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Wow, great planning a really nice looking stand! Good tip on the chop saw and Dewalt blade. I'm sure they are way better than the POS China blade I used. I didn't have nearly as many cuts either. So you went all stainless? Are you posting video? I thought about filming it too, but the strut is so intuitive it was hard to make instructional video on something that was so easy to do.

No on to more important things. I've been dying to get some Hopslam. Want to trade for anything? PM me if you have some bottles you'd ship for trade.

Awesome post. That gas rail looks very familiar

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No video unfortunately. I am kicking myself for at least not making a bunch of short vids of the assembly. When I went to rent the saw they were pushing those cheap china blades big time and I am glad I didnt use them.
I did go all stainless steel on the stand, just the thought of building something that could hold... say... 55 gallon batches was exciting. You could seriously park your car on this thing and it wouldn't budge.

I may be able to get my hands on some Hopslam if I go to the store this week. I may have to get some YuengLing from you. Not available here in Michigan unfortunately.

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Bought mine from Menards, they come in 10ft sections for $18.97. I used 5, with a some left over.
Cool, thanks, also where did you get your burners, it looks like the inlet is on the center rather the the side, easier to plum and no need to mount the burner to the frame.
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