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Old 02-28-2011, 04:18 AM   #1
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Hey y'all! Currently drinking my 3rd extract brew to extinction and every batch keeps getting better. Going to make the step up to all grain, but, I am going to do it right.

I am going to be building, within the next 4 months, a wood 3 tier gravity fed all grain system. Don't want to spend the money on the pump if gravity can do the work, propane easier with burners than going all electric for me right now, and I know my way around wood, not steel.

Show me some of your systems that are wood based so I can get some ideas, I will be uploading and sharing progress after I decide, which hopefully will result in a Lowes/H.D. run this weekend.

By the way, currently in the process of getting 2 kegs for free and converting to keggles. Figure I would use one for a MLT and one for Boil Kettle with a converted Cooler for the MLT until I can aquire another free Keg.

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Old 02-28-2011, 04:19 AM   #2
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I'm building mine this week, will post up pics when ready.

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I just about finished mine this weekend. I'll take some pics and post them up.

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Just recently added the pump to this one, but it isn't necessary. I just use it for recirculation / whirlpooling during the cooling process. One of the good things about wood is that it is easy to modify / add on to whenever you would like to.
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Just recently added the pump to this one, but it isn't necessary. I just use it for recirculation / whirlpooling during the cooling process. One of the good things about wood is that it is easy to modify / add on to whenever you would like to.
This looks really nice. I've always thought about building something like this, but I wasn't sure how concerned I should be about the propane burners being that close to the wood. I don't think the wood underneath the burners is a problem, but what about the wood structure to the right of your boil kettle's burner? Is it far enough away that the heat that reaches the wood is minimal?

I'm in the middle of building a keezer right now (I'll start a build thread when I'm done, or mostly done), but when that's finished I'm going to put serious thought into building something like this.
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Here's my 2-tier. I used some aluminum sheets to insulate the wood from the burners, but it ended up being redundant since the aluminum doesn't even get warm.

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I have some spare Hardibacker lying around that i'm going to use to fireproof mine... don't want to burn down the garage!

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Just recently added the pump to this one, but it isn't necessary. I just use it for recirculation / whirlpooling during the cooling process. One of the good things about wood is that it is easy to modify / add on to whenever you would like to.
This looks sweet! Great job! This is kind of what I am thinking currently, I like the wood idea because of it would be easy to modify down the line, opposed to welding. No extra $ for a pump right now, but do plan on purchasing one down the line.
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Mine is in the following thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-brew-sculpture-227322/

Brewed a batch this weekend and it worked perfectly!

I will be finishing it with some stain and other things to "pimp" out my brew stand. But this thread will show you a lot of pictures of the build.

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This one is all wood, but probably not what you were looking for!

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