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Onescalerguy 12-01-2007 08:39 PM

Show us your sculpture or brew rig
 
There are a lot of photos scattered over many threads of brewing set-ups.I looked all over the web for pics and ideas for a simple sculpture.Maybe it'll help someone to see a bunch in one place.


This was a fairly simple project.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p...guy/11-247.jpg


Cheers:mug:

SuperiorBrew 12-01-2007 08:51 PM

http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/29...600x600Q85.jpg

Got it used, just getting the hang of it and bugs worked out. Want to add another sight glass and possibly automated burners with love controllers yet.
Then tear down, powder coat stand and shine up the rest.

WOP31 12-01-2007 11:23 PM

Simple gravity fed set-up:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...5-P1000819.jpg

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...5-P1000825.jpg

Cheers

Yuri_Rage 12-02-2007 12:03 AM

I'm going to weld up a sculpture next summer. Until then, everything's set up on a table that sits just above the level of my brew kettle.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...eammashing.JPG

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...688-3setup.jpg

John Beere 12-02-2007 12:12 AM

Here's my HERM's setup. I've since moved the pump to the bottom of the frame. More info here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/my-new-herms-setup-39422/

http://johnbeere.com/herms/herms-1.jpg

Onescalerguy 12-02-2007 02:26 AM

Yuri,what's the big cord going into the corny doing?
Superior,i just noticed the triple tier in the background.Your cup runneth over!
Cheers

jas0420 12-02-2007 02:34 AM

Good thread! I looked for consolidated info like this thread when I was looking for ideas to build mine.


BrewFlex
Info on how to build in 8000 easy steps HERE

http://k43.pbase.com/o6/53/281053/1/...lpture0152.jpg

John Beere 12-02-2007 02:40 AM

damn that's shiny...

Yuri_Rage 12-02-2007 03:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Onescalerguy
Yuri,what's the big cord going into the corny doing?

Steam!!!!!

AGBrewer 12-02-2007 03:45 AM

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/d...hiawinford.jpg
Sorry I don't know how to resize

Onescalerguy 12-02-2007 06:43 AM

Agbrewer,that is the s#it man!I love that,very nice.
Cheers:mug:

Bokonon 12-02-2007 06:56 AM

I think I bookmarked this URL from a post on here, but this seems like an appropriate place to repost it.

The link contains 186 different brew stands/setups

http://www.brewzilla.nl/?brewhalla

Lil' Sparky 12-02-2007 12:57 PM

Here's mine. I'm also putting together my single tier stand designs now. It'll be my spring DIY project. ;)

http://www.the-sparkmans.net/Photo%2...s/DSCN2508.JPG

Kevin Dean 12-02-2007 02:00 PM

I live in a small apartment in one of the shadier (read, cheap) areas of the city. As such, I don't have enough space to store a great sculpture and I'm too lazy to assemble one each week.

That said, my "sculpture" is a brick wall that is in my backyard. Over the years the homeless people and vandals have broken it down so it's now actually a slight 4-tier wall...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...28-07_1757.jpg

10 gallons mash/lauter tun up top with my single kettle, an aluminum 7.5 gallon that came with my turkey fryer and my turkey fryter itself. :) If you look close there's a big ol' mug of home brew there next to the MLT, a VITAL part of my setup.

runhard 12-02-2007 04:57 PM

I notice that mug is only 1/4 full so the beer must be good. Cheers:mug:

ScubaSteve 12-02-2007 10:57 PM

Giggety......Giggety....Gig....Gig....

ScubaSteve 12-02-2007 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AGBrewer


GIGGETY GOOOOOOO!:ban:

Dude 12-02-2007 11:05 PM

This is mine...still a work in progress.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...36-brewrig.jpg

Brewiz 12-02-2007 11:33 PM

Another simply gravity system:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...2-P1010016.JPG

Going to do some major changes soon once I get my 20 gal pot ready.

Bsquared 12-02-2007 11:43 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Attachment 3504
Attachment 3507

I need to build a stand for my HERMS but this cart is working out well for now . I plan on putting a pump on the HLT and automate the sparge, install my water filter, and build a counter flow chiller. But this set up has worked well for me, It's vary compact and mobile. witch is good for me, because of all my stuff I have crammed into my one car garage.

ScubaSteve 12-03-2007 12:54 AM

Dude-
Brew rigs are ALWAYS a work in progress...:)
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...3-IMGP3148.JPG

jbreiding 12-03-2007 03:44 PM

heres my gravity system.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...Picture007.jpg

next one, i plan on building a brutus 20.

FSR402 12-06-2007 04:17 PM

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-...0-MVC-691F.JPG

SuperiorBrew 12-06-2007 04:19 PM

Sweet! I like the off road casters

Seveneer 12-06-2007 04:28 PM

I have two :D

the first one is a 55 litre HERMS system.....

http://www.philrobins.org.uk/IMG_9795a.jpg

and I also have a 10 litre gravity brewery to do the high gravity brews and to try recipes out on....

http://www.philrobins.org.uk/Pilot.jpg

/Phil.

Lil' Sparky 12-06-2007 04:32 PM

TWO!?!?!

http://www.etchy.org/images/dyn/6639.jpg





Those are some monster burners you've got on the 3-tier!! Is the single tier all electric?

Seveneer 12-06-2007 04:33 PM

:D

Yeah, I guess I do :ban:

The burners are just 30,000 btu and, yes, the single tier is all electric including the seperate heat exchanger with a 2.4 kw element.

/Phil.

CarlLBC 12-06-2007 04:39 PM

alot of ya'll put mine to shame, but it works well.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...rmenter005.jpg

Lil' Sparky 12-06-2007 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarlLBC
alot of ya'll put mine to shame, but it works well.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...rmenter005.jpg

That's a cool rig. Nothing to be ashamed of there!

Reminds me of my childhood days playing with my erector set (no masterbation jokes required). :D

CarlLBC 12-06-2007 04:58 PM

thanks, it does 10-15 gallon batches pretty well. no welding for me and I didn't want to go with wood.

brewhead 12-06-2007 06:00 PM

brewshed and brewstand: http://tinyurl.com/ms3er

Seveneer 12-06-2007 06:11 PM

I love the brewshed. I wish I had the room!

/Phil.

jordanpace 12-06-2007 09:08 PM

almost finished after 3 months of saving money and building it.
It is a brutus ten type clone but with a few different/extra stuff



http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery3.jpg
http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery4.jpg
http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery5.jpg
http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery.jpg

Seveneer 12-06-2007 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jordanpace
almost finished after 3 months of saving money and building it.
It is a brutus ten type clone but with a few different/extra stuff

Very nice :mug:

/Phil.

Lil' Sparky 12-06-2007 10:20 PM

Mods, we need to ban someone (jordanpace). Quick, before he has any more chances to make us look bad!!!

Joker 12-06-2007 11:30 PM

If there are no objections Im going to go pleasure myself while this visions are still fresh in my head. :D

niquejim 12-06-2007 11:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jordanpace
almost finished after 3 months of saving money and building it.
It is a brutus ten type clone but with a few different/extra stuff



http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery3.jpg
http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery4.jpg
http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery5.jpg
http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery.jpg

My wife loves me and my hobby,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but not this much.

Hill Country Brewer 12-08-2007 02:30 AM

I love the look of that. I've had envy for the Brutus 10 system since seeing it in BYO recently. I'm going to start slowly collecting pieces that I'll put together one day.

Where did you get those burners from? Also, what BTU rating are they?

jordanpace 12-08-2007 06:32 PM

i bought the burners from here http://morebeer.com/view_product/17253/
they are natural gas

here is a pic from last night when i was testing them out.

http://www.scatterbranch.com/pictures/brewery9.jpg

Jeepsn beer 12-09-2007 06:14 PM

which burners and pumps did you go with? Did you add a third pump, and whats it for?

aekdbbop 12-12-2007 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AGBrewer

did you make this yourself, or was the cart bought like that?

I am looking at using that cart from academy sports, and attaching a shelf to the top some how for a mlt..

SuperiorBrew 12-12-2007 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AGBrewer


Looks sweet but is missing this:

Info on the insulation please. Do you leave it on when the burner is on?

http://www.webxtremes.com/images/joh...nDeereOval.jpg

AGBrewer 12-13-2007 08:07 AM

Yeah I built it myself. The insulation is reflectix from lowes layered over and over. I do leave it on when the burner is fired up but only on very low heat. I also welded the drain holes on the bottom skirt closed to avoid burning the insulation. It's funny that you mention the john deere because it is actually john deere paint.

SuperiorBrew 12-13-2007 01:50 PM

I thought it was JD green and with the yellow valve handles it was a match :)
To save some time I use high heat to heat the mash water at the same time the sparge water is heating. I figured I wouldnt be able to insulate it unledd I put it on and take it off each time.
What are you using for a lid?

AGBrewer 12-13-2007 05:57 PM

I use this one no insulation https://www.potsandpans.com/webapp/w...3&summaryOnly=

Orfy 12-16-2007 11:36 AM

How about some Wiki content folks?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...wing_Sculpture

WortMonger 12-16-2007 06:19 PM

Dang, there are some really purty breweries here guys. I use a simple 3-tier gravity fed, but I have a Lauter Grant/Pump combo that I move wort with when needed. I'm not posting pics of the brewery in this thread till I do my beautification project after Christmas. Just had to post to say great job on everyone's rigs and wow to some very sweet ones.

Seabee John 12-16-2007 08:34 PM

here we go! Had her first batch brewed yesterday!

EDIT: Ain't Deere Green, but she's got cup holders!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...48-brewrig.JPG

modenacart 12-20-2007 12:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky
Here's mine. I'm also putting together my single tier stand designs now. It'll be my spring DIY project. ;)

http://www.the-sparkmans.net/Photo%2...s/DSCN2508.JPG

Do you notice any significant decrease in the amount of usable propane from your tank with such long fuel lines?

Lil' Sparky 12-20-2007 01:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by modenacart
Do you notice any significant decrease in the amount of usable propane from your tank with such long fuel lines?

Not that I can tell. That's a 10 psi regulator, and I have no problem boiling 13+ gals in the boil kettle. I'm not a gas/fluid expert, but I'm not sure what difference 3' vs 10' would make - apparently very little.

modenacart 12-20-2007 01:32 AM

I am looking at building a similar set-up. How are you getting the wort to the carboy? Do you use a pump?

Lil' Sparky 12-20-2007 01:40 AM

I use a March pump. It's mounted on the stand right in the middle on the bottom. Before I had that, I used a wort wizard. I went with the low brew kettle height to try and keep the overall height down. If you want more details on dimensions, etc., send me a PM. I'll be glad to help out. I also helped Dad build one and we used hard plumbing on his. I like that design better. Here's a few pics to give you an idea of what his looks like. I can give you some details on that, too.

Cheers :mug:

http://sparkyblue.smugmug.com/photos/199899455-M.jpg

http://sparkyblue.smugmug.com/photos/199899479-M.jpg

mrbowenz 12-20-2007 06:42 PM

I'm not nearly finished yet, but have the basics :

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...tem1400020.jpg

Dude 12-20-2007 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrbowenz
I'm not nearly finished yet, but have the basics :

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...tem1400020.jpg

Looking great! I want to bust mine down to a single tier now too...but I have too many house projects preventing that.... :mad:

Hermish 12-20-2007 06:58 PM

Here is my sculpture with the newest improvements. http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/h.../brew/boil.jpg

keiths 01-11-2008 05:13 PM

Heres mine its all electric with 4500 watt elements, Built it myself with some help from my brother in law.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSC01437.JPG

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSC01433.JPG

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/.../DSC014351.JPG

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/.../DSC014341.JPG

sanders5x 02-04-2008 04:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keiths


What kind of motor is that for the mash tun? What do your paddles look like?

DarthCaitSith 02-04-2008 05:01 AM

My DIY Brew Rig. Made with costco shelves and angle iron. It's bolted together as I don't know any welders. I could dissassemble it and fit it in my car if I really wanted to brew somewhere else.

Picture is a little old, I've mounted the pump onto the frame and made a wooden box out of the particle board shelves I didn't use to protect the cooler from the burners.
http://members.cox.net/broderick1/brew.jpg

keiths 02-04-2008 11:33 AM

I made the mash paddle out of 2 sankey dip tubes.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSC00688.JPG

Lil' Sparky 02-04-2008 12:12 PM

Since this thread got dug back up, I thought I'd add my new single tier. This pic is from a recent brew day when we had them both going. The 3-tier has a new home now.

http://www.the-sparkmans.net/Photo%2...s/DSCN2943.JPG

Got a fancy new full false bottom from jaybird, too. Works GREAT!

http://www.the-sparkmans.net/Photo%2...s/DSCN3220.JPG

One more pic...

http://www.the-sparkmans.net/Photo%2...s/DSCN3837.JPG

The Pol 02-04-2008 12:27 PM

Converted my three tier to a single last week...

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...G/DSCN0454.jpg

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...G/DSCN0455.jpg

sanders5x 02-04-2008 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keiths
I made the mash paddle out of 2 sankey dip tubes.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSC00688.JPG

Do you dough in with that paddle? How well does it mix?

jbreiding 02-04-2008 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sanders5x
What kind of motor is that for the mash tun? What do your paddles look like?

looks like a window regulator from car.

bevoduz 02-07-2008 01:59 AM

Here's mine, almost done, doing the natural gas plumbing on sunday. Tomorrow I'm going to chicago just to drink good beer all day, then I need to figure out what paint to use as the grill paint I bought to paint it with tonight seems to be problematic for others, ie rusting through after a year or so.

Started 3 tier, still is 3 tier but with a dump style mash tun.

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...oduz/stand.jpg

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...z/P2040002.jpg

GilaMinumBeer 02-07-2008 02:06 AM

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2159/...1b0d7fdace.jpg

It's a work in progress. Here it is on the first day of the build. The burners mount on clips directly below the kegs. The project is nearly complete and is scheduled to brew on saturday.

Lil' Sparky 02-07-2008 02:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bevoduz
Here's mine, almost done, doing the natural gas plumbing on sunday. Tomorrow I'm going to chicago just to drink good beer all day, then I need to figure out what paint to use as the grill paint I bought to paint it with tonight seems to be problematic for others, ie rusting through after a year or so.

Started 3 tier, still is 3 tier but with a dump style mash tun.

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...oduz/stand.jpg

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/c...z/P2040002.jpg

I'm digging the tippy dumpy design. Doesn't look very 3-tier, though. Looks pretty much single tier unless my eyes deceive me. ;)

Also, is your pump mounted in that 1st pic? It looks like it's just hanging there.

bevoduz 02-07-2008 11:31 AM

duh, I meant single tier sorry!

keiths 02-07-2008 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sanders5x
Do you dough in with that paddle? How well does it mix?

Yes i do, and it works good. And it is a Wiper motor from a car.

sanders5x 02-09-2008 02:45 AM

Thats interesting, might have to make a trip to the junk yard. How many rpm's does she spin at?

WortMonger 02-09-2008 04:13 PM

Ice cream machine stirrer motors work great too. Lots of torque, and a slow enough turn speed to not aerate your mash.

I love his stirrer setup though, very cool all stainless like that.

joel.e 02-10-2008 11:14 PM

a work in progress... copy of AGbrewer (hope you don't mind)

[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b...s/IMG_1252.jpg[/IMG]

LS_Grimmy 02-11-2008 12:20 AM

you guys got me beat! I'm with the guy and the brick wall with the 1/4 glass of beer :)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...dium/Steps.jpg

Lil' Sparky 02-11-2008 01:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joel.e
a work in progress... copy of AGbrewer (hope you don't mind)

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b...s/IMG_1252.jpg

Nice work there, friend! Very similar to mine as well. I'm digging those gianormous burners! How long until you get to put it to work?

joel.e 02-11-2008 01:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky
Nice work there, friend! Very similar to mine as well. I'm digging those gianormous burners! How long until you get to put it to work?


If all goes well this coming weekend. I got my pump mounted/wired and all my hoses/QD's made up over this past weekend. I just need some fittings welded on a keggle and I'll be good to go. It will be nice to not lift a 10 gallon cooler full of hot water over my head and put it on top of my tool box anymore.

Lil' Sparky 02-11-2008 02:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joel.e
It will be nice to not lift a 10 gallon cooler full of hot water over my head and put it on top of my tool box anymore.

Amen! You're preachin' to the choir brother!

AGBrewer 02-11-2008 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joel.e
If all goes well this coming weekend. I got my pump mounted/wired and all my hoses/QD's made up over this past weekend. I just need some fittings welded on a keggle and I'll be good to go. It will be nice to not lift a 10 gallon cooler full of hot water over my head and put it on top of my tool box anymore.

About time you show up. Looks good.

Dude 02-11-2008 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2159/...1b0d7fdace.jpg

It's a work in progress. Here it is on the first day of the build. The burners mount on clips directly below the kegs. The project is nearly complete and is scheduled to brew on saturday.

Interesting. Any more progress?

ddroukas 02-11-2008 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScubaSteve
Dude-
Brew rigs are ALWAYS a work in progress...:)
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...3-IMGP3148.JPG

Sexiest thing I've seen so far.
Besides the risk of your rig turning to kindling...any unforseen problems building a brew stand from wood? This is the avenue I'm looking to take seeing as how we have stock piles of cherry and oak in our woodshop.

FSR402 02-12-2008 12:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddroukas
Sexiest thing I've seen so far.
Besides the risk of your rig turning to kindling...any unforseen problems building a brew stand from wood? This is the avenue I'm looking to take seeing as how we have stock piles of cherry and oak in our woodshop.

Mine is made of wood (it's on one of the past pages) and I have had no problems in 6 months and almost 200 gallons brewed on it.

Onescalerguy 02-12-2008 02:17 AM

No problems here...over 100 gals and not even a smudge.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p...y/DSCN0019.jpg

CollinsBrew 02-12-2008 12:43 PM

It would be great if Scuba Steve could post some plans and costs on how he built that brewstand. I love the look of it and I would definitely want to make it into a Brutus Ten type system. Classy...

Flipper 02-12-2008 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CollinsBrew
It would be great if Scuba Steve could post some plans and costs on how he built that brewstand. I love the look of it and I would definitely want to make it into a Brutus Ten type system. Classy...

+1 to that! That has got to be one of the Sexiest stands that I have seen! I too am dreaming of a stand that I want to build.

Bobby_M 02-12-2008 05:35 PM

I made a first pass at the wiki article on this.

GilaMinumBeer 02-13-2008 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dude
Interesting. Any more progress?

Yeah. Brewed on it last saturday. Shot low on the recipe for efficiency (70%) and ended up really high in the brew. Beersmith calculates an actual mash efficiency of 112%. I know its skewed but it's nice to see numbers like that on the first go round.

If you want to see more, look here (too many photo's to include);

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gilamin...7603603715445/

CollinsBrew 02-19-2008 08:18 PM

I was still hoping to see if Scuba Steve would come up with his plans for his brewstand...as stated before, it's effin' sweet!

Desert_Sky 02-19-2008 08:23 PM

heres my buddies that we de-virginized last weekend. First time I got to use a pump and have never seen recirculated runnings so clear. It worked great, and he got 70% for his first run.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...d_finished.JPG

and heres mine. Not as far along as his, but of course it will be so much better ;)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/..._welds_005.jpg

justin8425 02-25-2008 01:26 AM

Holy poop
 
You guys remember that feeling when you met a big baseball/football star? The mouth open, eyes wide look? That's how I feel looking at your rigs. That could be me one day with lots of practice and hard work...Thanks for the inspiration!

foppa78 02-25-2008 01:46 PM

Here is mine now that it has been painted. There are more pictures in my gallery.
Lots of very impressive systems on here. Nice work!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...dium/Final.JPG

Aaron1983 03-03-2008 05:44 AM

Here is mine! Of course, i'm not as far along in my brewing as most of you all are. After my next two batches i'm going to try some partial mash.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...Full_Setup.jpg

I think it is pretty good for starter. Of course, I have already been researching my next DIY projects...maybe next month sometime i'll make the stuff for PM.

Denny's Evil Concoctions 03-03-2008 07:18 AM

Hmm... I'll have to post min on here soon.

Didn't we use to have a thread like this?

puney_the_youkel 03-03-2008 01:38 PM

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/1...0788en5.th.jpg

Passload 03-03-2008 10:03 PM

Here is my gravity system.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...ewingCo002.jpg

el gato 03-04-2008 03:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by foppa78
Here is mine now that it has been painted. There are more pictures in my gallery.
Lots of very impressive systems on here. Nice work!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...dium/Final.JPG


Nice. I like the mash paddle in the shape of a hockey stick :rockin:

Denny's Evil Concoctions 03-08-2008 01:04 AM

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Here's mine.

WortMonger 03-08-2008 03:25 AM

I can't wait to post, I can't wait to post, I can't wait to post!!!! I am almost there on mine. A few more pieces for total completion but... it will be brew-able Sunday. Still can't get the kettle polished so it may just have to look bad for the picture until I get to it. Lids and everything else are coming together nicely. Here's some pics so far.

The brew stand being painted.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSCN1880.JPG

The newly insulated and "Line-X truck bed liner covered" Mash and Liquor Tuns. Woohoo!
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSCN1867.JPG

Here's one of the Plasti-Dip covered lids for the tuns.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...3-DSCN1698.JPG

Cannot wait. End caps and wiring for the stand, mash mixer and motor, and HLT water stirrer are all I'm lacking from being 100%. There are a lot of system here that make my jaw drop. I love this forum.

slnies 03-08-2008 03:29 AM

Nice set up Wortmonger. I am looking forward to hearing how it runs. S.

WortMonger 03-08-2008 04:10 AM

Thank you, and that makes two of us :D

Bernie Brewer 04-14-2008 10:47 PM

3 Attachment(s)
I finally got around to finishing mine this weekend. It is essentially the same as Lil' Sparky's original gravity-fed brewing tree with one little difference. I'm a lazy slob, so instead of welding the bottom tier directly onto the trunk, I put it onto a sleeve that can be raised and lowered with a boat winch. That way I don't have to pick up 10+ gallons of wort in order to drain it into my carboys. I plan on popping the cherry on this one next weekend.:ban:

Attachment 5150

Attachment 5152

Attachment 5153

SuperiorBrew 04-15-2008 04:32 AM

Sweet set up! If you put a motor on it you can drive it to the LHBS too :D

SirFizzle 04-15-2008 11:01 AM

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...wervvessel.jpg

more at:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/brew-tower-built-exercise-equip-62617/

Bobby_M 04-15-2008 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bernie Brewer
I'm a lazy slob, so instead of welding the bottom tier directly onto the trunk, I put it onto a sleeve that can be raised and lowered with a boat winch.

That this is awesome Bernie. Great idea with the winch. Here's mine..


http://www.suebob.com/images/brew/3k...ndcomplete.jpg

The Pol 04-15-2008 12:15 PM

BOBBY, is that keg on the left the one that you polished? Where is the thred for how you did that? That is awesome!

Squeeky 04-15-2008 01:18 PM

Look up about say 1 line The Pol, he has it posted in signature "Keg Polishing"

Lil' Sparky 04-15-2008 03:44 PM

Great idea Bernie! Definately an improvement on the brew tree design!

Uncle Fat 04-15-2008 04:47 PM

Mine's been modified a bit since this pic, but:

http://c.myspace.com/Groups/00009/47/26/9396274_l.jpg

98EXL 04-16-2008 03:10 PM

/subscribed

MadDwarf 04-22-2008 07:26 PM

Mine's still under construction, but should be operational soon. Two more burners and a pump are en route.

Starting pieces:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2036/...b6b1f38552.jpg

Basic frame - not cleaned up yet:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3015/...a6c0b3baae.jpg

Aaand the reason I'm taking a few weekends to build a stand. My neighbors were placing side bets on whether I'd be arrested for the fire hazard or for suspicion of cookin' up some of Pappy's White Lightnin'.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2343/...705edd81b9.jpg

Bobby_M 04-22-2008 07:36 PM

Holy crap dude, adjust the mix on that burner. It's like a coal fire.

FSR402 04-22-2008 08:18 PM

look at the size of that damn chiller :drunk:

nathan 04-23-2008 12:59 AM

I have much respect for that bricktastic setup. Now there is someone who can make magic out of few resources.

Denny's Evil Concoctions 04-23-2008 03:35 AM

Hmm.. Now my brains bugging me to make a whole brick brew tree... I wonder what that would look like in the back yard. Pretty cool I would think.

denimglen 04-23-2008 06:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MadDwarf
...Basic frame - not cleaned up yet:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3015/...a6c0b3baae.jpg...

Hey, if you don't mind could you post a pic or two on how that burner is mounted.

I'm designing mine at the moment and am a little stumped on a way to mount similar burners.

Cheers!

Bobby_M 04-23-2008 02:16 PM

It's not really the bricks I was worried about but more the plastic horses underneath. Man, that's a LOT of weight for those.

The burner on the new stand looks a little too close to the vessel if you ask me. You ought to drop it at least an inch.

MadDwarf 04-23-2008 06:38 PM

denimglen - Here's a couple more shots that show the brackets a little better. I can get a closeup if this doesn't give enough detail. They're basically just L brackets that I cut slots in so that I could adjust the burner height. Dunno if I've got enough adjustment room or not yet, but was trying to leave myself some flexibility.

Bobby_M - You may be right - hopefully I'll know more this weekend. For what it's worth, I'm using keggles, so the bottom isn't quite as close as it would be with a flat-bottomed kettle.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2115/...c326efb8_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/...0c781f3f_o.jpg

Dr_Deathweed 04-23-2008 07:11 PM

1 Attachment(s)
This is my current brewstand:
Attachment 5275

Still working on a design for a real brewstand, so for now, I think I will re-read this thread and drool....;)

Rhino17 04-23-2008 11:52 PM

First off I need to thank ScubaSteve for teaching us that wood is not to be feared as a sculpture medium . My rig is made of cedar, and is a definite clone of his. Although not finished yet, is operationable:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/BrewRig.jpg

Denimglen, I use two hurricane burners on either end of the rig (the low pressure version of the banjo).

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...urnermount.jpg

The mounting was pretty easy using leftover bits of the angle iron:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...connection.jpg

Since it will be outside all year(except winter), I have plans to build a removable top that goes on when the kegs are put away, and converts it into a bench!

Cheers,

Rhino

denimglen 04-24-2008 04:46 AM

Thanks Rhino and MadDwarf, much appreciated.

Turns out my burners are different - they have 5 little 'feet' on the bottom.

Looks like I might just use a large piece of SS plate and make a bench-top type thing, can't think of any easy way to mount my burners :(

Gabe 04-24-2008 05:30 AM

Here's mine!
 
My 10 gal AG system:

ScubaSteve 04-24-2008 08:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhino17
First off I need to thank ScubaSteve for teaching us that wood is not to be feared as a sculpture medium . My rig is made of cedar, and is a definite clone of his. Although not finished yet, is operationable:

Lookin' good! I like the idea of turning your stand into a bench....it's all about stayin' off the SWMBO radar...:D

I also like how you mounted the Banjo.....they can be such a PITA to incorporate.....I know I stared at my rig for hours on end.:p

Lil' Sparky 04-25-2008 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deathweed
This is my current brewstand:
Attachment 5275

Still working on a design for a real brewstand, so for now, I think I will re-read this thread and drool....;)

Ya know, I've got a ready-to-go 3-tier that still needs a home...

MrFebtober 04-25-2008 02:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhino17
Since it will be outside all year(except winter), I have plans to build a removable top that goes on when the kegs are put away, and converts it into a bench!

Great idea, and hey, if you also build some cushions for the tops of the kegs you can turn your rig into seating for six! :mug:

B-Dub 06-03-2008 05:15 AM

Take a look. It has been a wild ride! The brewstand is the bottom entry.

http://bwbrewing.blogspot.com/

Lil' Sparky 06-03-2008 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-Dub (Post 699558)
Take a look. It has been a wild ride! The brewstand is the bottom entry.

http://bwbrewing.blogspot.com/

Here's one - click free. ;)

Can you explain the 4th keggle in your setup?

http://bp1.blogger.com/_OLpZCDPwC2w/...0/DSCN3450.JPG

MNBugeater 06-03-2008 01:27 PM

Finally...
 
Been waiting a long time to be able to post in this thread...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...er_Brewery.jpg

Desert_Sky 06-03-2008 01:46 PM

and heres mine

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...mplete_004.jpg

paulvp 06-03-2008 01:49 PM

Really enjoying seeing everyones rigs. Hopefully I'll be done with mine within a month or so. I'll post asap though.

Lil' Sparky 06-03-2008 02:25 PM

Those are some great Brutus 10 rigs!!

Bobby_M 06-03-2008 03:27 PM

I feel like this year has been unusually huge for sculpture builds. Maybe it's just because I built one that I'm more sensitive to it..

Desert_Sky 06-03-2008 03:29 PM

I absolutely am in love with mine. Its been operational for 3 weeks, and I have 30 gallons of beer to show for it. GOOD beer too!

B-Dub 06-03-2008 03:45 PM

Someone asked about the 4th keggle in my build. The stand was built to brew 2 13 gallon batches on the same day.

So the hot liquor is the top, then a mash tun/kettle, lauter tun and then one more mash tun/kettle.

I can mash 2 batches staggered about 45 minutes apart. Then transfer the 1st mash into the LT and run back to the mash/kettle combo. Once that brew is done running off the 2nd mash is transfered to the LT and run back to the other kettle.

The 2 brews cool back to back.

That is 22 gallons in 4 carboys in about 6 hours!!

wizardofza 06-03-2008 04:11 PM

Chimone and MNBugeater-

Is that 2x2 stock you guys used?

They look great!

Desert_Sky 06-03-2008 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wizardofza (Post 699988)

Is that 2x2 stock you guys used?

2x2x1/8" :D

Boerderij_Kabouter 06-03-2008 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-Dub (Post 699925)
Someone asked about the 4th keggle in my build. The stand was built to brew 2 13 gallon batches on the same day.

So the hot liquor is the top, then a mash tun/kettle, lauter tun and then one more mash tun/kettle.

I can mash 2 batches staggered about 45 minutes apart. Then transfer the 1st mash into the LT and run back to the mash/kettle combo. Once that brew is done running off the 2nd mash is transfered to the LT and run back to the other kettle.

The 2 brews cool back to back.

That is 22 gallons in 4 carboys in about 6 hours!!

Now that is impressive:rockin:

Lil' Sparky 06-03-2008 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-Dub (Post 699925)
Someone asked about the 4th keggle in my build. The stand was built to brew 2 13 gallon batches on the same day.

So the hot liquor is the top, then a mash tun/kettle, lauter tun and then one more mash tun/kettle.

I can mash 2 batches staggered about 45 minutes apart. Then transfer the 1st mash into the LT and run back to the mash/kettle combo. Once that brew is done running off the 2nd mash is transfered to the LT and run back to the other kettle.

The 2 brews cool back to back.

That is 22 gallons in 4 carboys in about 6 hours!!

I'm not sure I completely followed. It sounds like you're doing the following.

- Mash in #2 and #4 (staggered)
- Dump the mash from #2 into #3
- Sparge from #3 back to #2 to boil
- Dump the spent grains out of #3
- Dump the mash from #4 into #3
- Sparge from #3 back to #4 to boil
- Dump the spent grains out of #3

If that's the case, I think setting two vessels up as mash/later tuns (instead of a single lauter tun) could save you some work (two mash transfers specifically).

You could have: HLT, MLT/BK, MLT, BK

- Mash in MLT (#2) and MLT (#3)
- Sparge from MLT (#2) to BK (#4) to boil
- Dump and clean out MLT (#2). Not it becomes your target BK
- Sparge from MLT (#3) to MLT/BK (#2) to boil

Make sense?

I've done a few back-to-back pipelined brews, too. Here's one thread detailing my process. The 4th vessel might have cut off ~ 30 mins, but I think only if I had someone there helping me manage things. I was pretty busy as it was, and I finished in 5 hrs, 20 mins.

Lil' Sparky 06-03-2008 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bobby_M (Post 699884)
I feel like this year has been unusually huge for sculpture builds. Maybe it's just because I built one that I'm more sensitive to it..

I think you're right. A lot of guys going with the Brutus designs.

B-Dub 06-03-2008 05:30 PM

Lil' Sparky - You got the gist of my brew day spot on. And you are right about saving some time by transferring one less mash.

Although I like having a dedicated lauter tun and the 2 mash/kettles. The transfer of grain only takes me about 5-10 minutes and is really easy because the LT is in the middle of the 2 mash/kettle combos. By having a mash tun I can dough in at one temp and then bring it up to say mash out and have the ability to stir the mash without a false bottom in the way.

I hear you about getting busy on those double brew days!!

Sure feels good when you look at all that beer you brewed though!:D

FSR402 06-03-2008 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-Dub (Post 700143)
Lil' Sparky - You got the gist of my brew day spot on. And you are right about saving some time by transferring one less mash.

Although I like having a dedicated lauter tun and the 2 mash/kettles. The transfer of grain only takes me about 5-10 minutes and is really easy because the LT is in the middle of the 2 mash/kettle combos. By having a mash tun I can dough in at one temp and then bring it up to say mash out and have the ability to stir the mash without a false bottom in the way.

I hear you about getting busy on those double brew days!!

Sure feels good when you look at all that beer you brewed though!:D

So how do you go about getting the mash water and grain from one to the other?

B-Dub 06-03-2008 07:00 PM

This is going to sound like a pain in the _ _ _.

I use about a pot with a handle. I know, I know, I know..what a pain you are thinking. About 10 scoops for 30 pounds of mash. The whole thing is done at waist level, 3 inches from keg to keg and at arms length. Scooping is done in 2-4 minutes then the mash rests for 5 before recirc.

It really is not that bad. When both keggles were on burners on the ground....that really was a pain!

All for the beer!

Desert_Sky 06-03-2008 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky (Post 700014)
I think you're right. A lot of guys going with the Brutus designs.

Im seriously considering doing a scaled up Brutus for 20 gallon batches.

Lil' Sparky 06-03-2008 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by B-Dub (Post 700296)
This is going to sound like a pain in the _ _ _.

I use about a pot with a handle. I know, I know, I know..what a pain you are thinking. About 10 scoops for 30 pounds of mash. The whole thing is done at waist level, 3 inches from keg to keg and at arms length. Scooping is done in 2-4 minutes then the mash rests for 5 before recirc.

It really is not that bad. When both keggles were on burners on the ground....that really was a pain!

All for the beer!

See, I think the beauty of a stand is that you don't have to do any of that. Everything's where's it's supposed to be, and you don't have to do the lifting, scooping, etc. (with the possible exception of dumping the MLT). Take some time and work through the difference in what I suggested. I think it would make your brew days that much nicer. There's no way I'd want to scoop two different mashes (plus the dumps) if I didn't have to.

BTW, I've got a false bottom on mine, and it really doesn't "get in the way". It just sits there below the grain.

MNBugeater 06-03-2008 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chimone (Post 700307)
Im seriously considering doing a scaled up Brutus for 20 gallon batches.

Have you even used your 10 Gallon Brutus yet ? :p

Desert_Sky 06-04-2008 12:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MNBugeater (Post 700673)
Have you even used your 10 Gallon Brutus yet ? :p


yeppers 3 times already. I have 30 gallons in the carboys right now.

I kind of miss the build. That was almost as much fun as brewing. I would have to get a decent offer on mine first before I made any decisions though

FSR402 06-04-2008 01:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chimone (Post 700732)
yeppers 3 times already. I have 30 gallons in the carboys right now.

I kind of miss the build. That was almost as much fun as brewing. I would have to get a decent offer on mine first before I made any decisions though

I have been thinking about going and building something like that. But before I do I need to run hot and cold water to the barn, NA gas out there and get two more big-A-kettles. If I'm going to go to all pumps I want to be able to brew 30-40 gal.

mcaustin 06-09-2008 02:30 AM

Finally Done!
 
Here's my new brewstand! I just ran a water test this afternoon and found out that I need to add some insulation between the HLT burner and my control panel, and also that I need to pull some jets out from the HLT and MLT jet burners (as has been shown by several people here already - just confirmed it for my set up). :D

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/8...0118rz4.th.jpg

Damonic 06-09-2008 03:14 PM

Man those rigs look nice!

truckmann 07-07-2008 01:42 AM

Here is mine which I modeled after the one done by Bernie Brewer with a movable lower pad.
Thanks for the info and great pictures BB!

I still have to plumb the gas to the burners and do some painting, but you get the idea.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0143.jpg
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0147.jpg
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0155.jpg

blaze379 07-07-2008 02:19 AM

Still working on it

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...structure2.jpg

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ium/Burner.jpg

MrFebtober 07-07-2008 01:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blaze379 (Post 741757)

Looks great and plenty sturdy...but hope you don't have too much trouble getting that over-spray off your driveway!

newbrewr4fun 07-09-2008 11:07 AM

what is the point of all of the tubing attached to the kegs and kettles? This stuff looks complex.

truckmann 07-09-2008 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by newbrewr4fun (Post 744899)
what is the point of all of the tubing attached to the kegs and kettles? This stuff looks complex.

To move the liquid in its various stages to becoming beer!
It's usually not as complex as it looks. ;)

boothbrew 07-17-2008 04:26 PM

I've brewed ~4/5 batches on this. Lov'n it!:ban:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/...103e41.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/...6cd55c.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3163/...f81fd8.jpg?v=0

FSR402 07-17-2008 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boothbrew (Post 758809)
I've brewed ~4/5 batches on this. Lov'n it!:ban:

[IMG]D:\pics\P1010013.JPG[/IMG]

[IMG]d:\pics\P1010015.JPG[/IMG]

[IMG]d:\pics\P1010016.JPG[/IMG]

****stupid work firewall, I'll upload them when I get home****

the address is from your hard drive. It wont work that way.

Nate 07-17-2008 08:02 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...brewery_1_.jpg

boothbrew 07-18-2008 02:12 AM

First I tried from my hd, then I figured that didn't work and tried to upload my pictures to flickr but our firewall doesn't allow us to upload files.

boothbrew 07-18-2008 02:24 AM

Not as fancy as Nate's but it does the job.
Nice sculpture Nate, you've got the real deal!


98EXL 07-18-2008 03:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boothbrew (Post 758809)
I've brewed ~4/5 batches on this. Lov'n it!:ban:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/...103e41.jpg?v=0

I really like that! is your cooler high enough to drain into your boil kettle?

boothbrew 07-18-2008 12:41 PM

I drain into a one gallon pitcher, then transfer each gallon to the boil kettle. That way I can keep track of how much I collect.


Quote:

Originally Posted by 98EXL (Post 759974)
I really like that! is your cooler high enough to drain into your boil kettle?


Bobby_M 07-18-2008 01:32 PM

Sounds like you need a sight glass on your BK so you can take advantage of your gravity system without all that manual intervention.

Lil' Sparky 07-18-2008 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boothbrew (Post 758809)
I've brewed ~4/5 batches on this. Lov'n it!:ban:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/...103e41.jpg?v=0

I really like how people can see something completely unrelated to brewing and say "Hey that would make a perfect brew stand, and I wouldn't have to do hardly anything to it." Nice thinking boothbrew!

boothbrew 07-18-2008 02:15 PM

Thanks Lil' Sparky! :mug:

I got the material from the container store for a pretty decent price.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky (Post 760431)
I really like how people can see something completely unrelated to brewing and say "Hey that would make a perfect brew stand, and I wouldn't have to do hardly anything to it." Nice thinking boothbrew!


FSR402 07-18-2008 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boothbrew (Post 760463)
Thanks Lil' Sparky! :mug:

I got the material from the container store for a pretty decent price.

I never would have thought those shelving units were strong enough to hold all that weight.

boothbrew 07-18-2008 02:58 PM

I bought commercial grade stuff from the container store.

Quote:

Originally Posted by FSR402 (Post 760516)
I never would have thought those shelving units were strong enough to hold all that weight.


98EXL 07-18-2008 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FSR402 (Post 760516)
I never would have thought those shelving units were strong enough to hold all that weight.

You could always weld it in place :D

Nate 07-21-2008 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boothbrew (Post 759878)
Not as fancy as Nate's but it does the job.
Nice sculpture Nate, you've got the real deal!

Thanks man... your rig is very nice too. :mug:

el gato 08-23-2008 02:39 AM

Another Modular Shelving Unit
 
Here is mine. Only one burner at the moment so the boil kettle acts as a holding unit until I have added the water for the last batch sparge.


Side View/Storage Mode

http://lh5.ggpht.com/gohagn/SK98cMl1...DSC02890-1.JPG

Ready for use (sorry for the fuzzy pic)

http://lh3.ggpht.com/gohagn/SK98dH_L...DSC02891-1.JPG

The Pol 08-23-2008 02:49 AM

10 gallon Rubbermaid HERMS... Inaugural brew was today!

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...n/DSCN0798.jpg

The Pol 08-23-2008 02:55 AM

The most expensive part...

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...n/DSCN0780.jpg

Gabe 08-23-2008 07:12 AM

Heres my 10 gal system:
 
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/8...2428ie4.th.jpg

This is now a Herms system along with a second MLT and HLT. This is so I can mash 2 beers in 1 brew day.enjoy!

BadKarma 08-29-2008 01:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boothbrew (Post 760463)
Thanks Lil' Sparky! :mug:

I got the material from the container store for a pretty decent price.

Inspiration has been born!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks booth. Gonna barrow from your setup and add my own little twist. Stopped by Lowes to night to do some recon and it's gonna work like a charm.
:mug:

blaze379 08-29-2008 02:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Pol (Post 814311)

What is that stir motor from?

SuperiorBrew 08-29-2008 02:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blaze379 (Post 823937)
What is that stir motor from?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-...ms-pics-76773/

The Pol 08-29-2008 03:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blaze379 (Post 823937)
What is that stir motor from?


It is an AC Gearmotor from McMaster Carr. It isn't really "from" anything. It is 100RPM at the shaft with an integral fan to cool the motor... these motors will not survive without cooling. I tried different motors from different things, and they all burnt up with continuous use and no way to cool them.

waterkc 08-29-2008 03:43 AM

Well this is how far I have gotten in my brew rig build. I should have this weekend and it will be done. I am scheduled to brew the following weekend so I need to get it done. I have only spent about 2 weeks actually doing work on it, so its been a blast.

Picasa Web Albums - Kevin - Brew Station

TerapinChef 09-05-2008 01:57 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/SDC10626.JPG
It's not a brewstand yet but it will be...two tier, for sure, with big wheels.
My real question is that I notice in two tier stands their tends to be three different setups. One looks like this __-, one looks like this _--, and one looks like this _-_. Can anyone discuss the advantages or reasons for these different setups?

Lil' Sparky 09-05-2008 03:42 PM

You'll use gravity to either move from HLT->MLT or from the MLT->BK. The pump will be used for the one you don't use gravity. I don't think there's really any difference in the difference. Personally I'd want as much of it as low as possible, so option 1 and 3 appeal to me the most. FYI - if you batch sparge, there's no reason you can't do a single tier and keep it all low.

Bobby_M 09-05-2008 05:51 PM

I'm torn on that one. I really like the idea of gravity draining out of the MLT because you can sometimes pump too fast and lose siphon. However, I don't like the idea of having the MLT up on the higher tier because it makes stirring a pain in the butt.

John Beere 09-07-2008 03:58 AM

OK, I'm finally ready to start showing mine off... This is from a test run of it this evening - it is not yet 100% complete. Here is the thread I've started to discuss it: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/deep...-v2-0-a-79435/

http://johnbeere.com/rig/DSC00628.jpg

TerapinChef 09-18-2008 11:55 PM

Sculpture building aborted due to a deal from Craigslist too good to pass up for now....so here it is, my brand new, just brought home this evening, three tier extra heavy duty brew stand...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/SDC10700.JPG
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/SDC10701.JPG
And for scaling purposes in this next picture, I'm 6'2" 280#.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/SDC10704.JPG

It's dimensions are...
22" wide and 60" long and each tier is 20" long, then each one is...
Top tier 53"
Middle tier 30.5"
Bottom tier 10"

The whole thing is built from 2" heavy gauge tube steel and the platforms are "expanded steel" I didn't know what this was but now I see it's the really heavy duty steel mesh...the guy that I bought it from said he was just firing his burners right through the grate.

justinmcdevitt 09-25-2008 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerapinChef (Post 857681)
Sculpture building aborted due to a deal from Craigslist too good to pass up for now....so here it is, my brand new, just brought home this evening, three tier extra heavy duty brew stand...

I almost emailed the guy on this today, darn being busy at work and I couldn't snag that one, oh well, looks like I get to build my own :)

Coastarine 09-25-2008 11:48 PM

I'm in the early stages of planning the good old erector set style 3 tier 10 gallon. I'm hoping to make it partially collapsible. Updates and pictures to follow.

waterkc 10-03-2008 02:01 AM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...and_done_2.jpg

BrewBeemer 10-03-2008 04:28 AM

Kevin; that's a clean looking stand congrats plus the help you had from
"The Power Of Blue".
The 1"x 2" tube is plenty strong but I have a question. Why did you settle on having the kettles resting on the weak side instead of the strong side of the rectangle tube for your frame? Don't get me wrong it's a simple and clean design overall.

waterkc 10-03-2008 05:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrewBeemer (Post 878878)
Kevin; that's a clean looking stand congrats plus the help you had from
"The Power Of Blue".
The 1"x 2" tube is plenty strong but I have a question. Why did you settle on having the kettles resting on the weak side instead of the strong side of the rectangle tube for your frame? Don't get me wrong it's a simple and clean design overall.

First let me say thanks for the feed back, I really appreciate it. :mug:

The question of weak side vs strong side. More of a two response answer really.
  1. Surface Area was the main concern for the kettles to sit on, they are 16.5 inches up top and just under 13 at the bottom of the kettle.
  2. This is not a seriously load rated device that will be stressed beyond a few hundred pounds. Although I have been told we get enough beers in us we are going to try and ride it down this really big in the hood here. :drunk: So you never know I guess. But mostly the first response.

So the next design will have some mode to it, But I am going to brew on this for a while first. Calculate and change it up. First thing I have to change is overall widths. I might even do this wth this stand. We will see. :rockin:

BrewBeemer 10-03-2008 06:09 AM

Do I understand correctly that the kettles are just a little larger than the frame design and to prevent the kettles from falling thru if not centered on the frame? Four short pieces of 3/4" long by 1/2" angle iron to lock the kettles in position on the frame needed?

Lil' Sparky 10-03-2008 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by waterkc (Post 878741)

Very nice. Well done!

JeffNYC 10-03-2008 04:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coastarine (Post 868084)
I'm in the early stages of planning the good old erector set style 3 tier 10 gallon. I'm hoping to make it partially collapsible. Updates and pictures to follow.

What is the brand/source you used? Doable for a single tier system?

ThickHead 10-05-2008 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer (Post 546543)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2159/...1b0d7fdace.jpg

It's a work in progress. Here it is on the first day of the build. The burners mount on clips directly below the kegs. The project is nearly complete and is scheduled to brew on saturday.

:off:So...are you Malay or Indonesian? And should'nt it be "GilaMinumBir?" :D

waterkc 10-06-2008 02:54 AM

Man that is a very cool idea, I have a buddy that wanted to take on a more store-able type lay out. So this is where here was heading also. What a blast huh!

Coastarine 10-21-2008 04:11 AM

Here is my rig which got its first use today. That's Bee Cave IPA mashing. I really need a freakin sight glass.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/DSCF0908.JPG

Not a super clear picture, but you can see the counter space I built in, the white RV hose which splits and has valves to go to the HLT and the CFC, the extension cord/built-in (zip tied in) power strip, and the aluminum flashing windgaurd. Also the assistant brewer. She's new but fitting right in. She got her first taste of spent grain tonight mixed in with her evening kibble, and she wouldn't stop licking the bowl after it was gone. She loves that stuff!

TerapinChef 10-21-2008 01:56 PM

Huh. Looks great. I never thought of feeding a bit of spent grain to my dogs...anybody else do this?

Coastarine 10-21-2008 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerapinChef (Post 908086)
Huh. Looks great. I never thought of feeding a bit of spent grain to my dogs...anybody else do this?

A lot of people, actually. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/what...-grains-76640/

I don't plan on ever giving her more than about a cup because I don't really want to know what that would do to what comes out the other end.

brocko492 10-21-2008 07:58 PM

question about keggle pickup tube
 
Hi guys, just built a new two tier system and converted the kegs myself. I am a bit concerned because I filled them with water and opened the valves only to find that they don't drain all the way to the bottom of the pickup tubes. They drain below the bulkhad but still leave almost 2 gal of water. I checked everything to make sure it was tight and don't perceive any air getting into the line/ joint/ bulkeads.

Any other perceived problems??? Open to suggestions, I would imagine pump will provide suction enough to drain more, but haven't hooked up yet.

Coastarine 10-21-2008 08:30 PM

When you did that, did you have any kind of tube on the output of the valve? You need to have a tube on there that ends below the bottom of the pickup tube in order to get a siphon, which is how the pickup tube works.

brocko492 10-21-2008 09:38 PM

Thanks
 
Duh,

Now I really feel stupid!!! I took fluid mechanics in college so I should have realized this. I just had a street L coming off my ball valve, I bet I was a short nipple away!

nathan 10-21-2008 09:41 PM

I can't keep one of my dogs out of the compost pile. She'll munch on the freshly dumped spent grains and I can sure tell the next day that she was in the grains. :)

nathan 12-16-2008 06:59 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...1214081937.jpg

Some might be prettier to look at yet, but once you build one of these you will fall in love with it along the way.

I'm picking up odds and ends this week and hope to finish her all up within 2 weeks for an inaugural brew some time around new years.

Coastarine 12-16-2008 07:28 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...1214081937.jpg

Your image isn't working. Here you go.

TerapinChef 12-17-2008 04:26 AM

Holy crap that's a nice one!
Just realized I never posted a painted pic once I got done working on mine. Adding a second burner and some gas plumbing this winter...hopefully.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/SDC11038.JPG

GilaMinumBeer 12-17-2008 04:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThickHead (Post 881881)
:off:So...are you Malay or Indonesian? And should'nt it be "GilaMinumBir?" :D

Malay and, Nah. We butcher all languages equally. http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/...yLane/bolt.gif

GilaMinumBeer 12-17-2008 05:04 AM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/4/BM_Front.jpg


My new diggs. Set to deliver in January. http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/8399/thumbsup4kk.gif

slnies 12-17-2008 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer (Post 1013828)

Ahh, what money can buy. Got to love it. Cheers and congrats!

nathan 12-17-2008 01:25 PM

thanks for the pic help.

I got my gas nipples adapted to the wardflex with a monstrous line of adapters, but it should flow gas.

I also got parts to build a return nozzle into the lid of the hlt that will help turn it, so I can use one pump to keep the hlt fluid moving (more even temps). Also, a built-in-under-the-lid sparge setup for the blichmann. It should thread through the lid, and like the hlt return, have a male qd showing above the lid.

Also my hoses arrived... really I'm missing just the pumps and some odds and ends.

Next big step will be to electrify the hlt.

sleepystevenson 12-18-2008 04:44 PM

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Here's my one barrel rig in action for the second time:

nathan 12-18-2008 04:55 PM

the one barrel setup is a trip. Where do you find one barrel kegs?

sleepystevenson 12-18-2008 06:13 PM

I don't know where you would find them commercially. Thankfully, I have a relative who worked for the company that made them (now out of business...) He scarfed up any extras laying around for scrap price and the "test" barrels, which were dropped filled and pressurized....there was little damage, other than the top skirt, which we pounded out. They are really heavy duty...weigh about 70 lbs empty.

Shonuff 12-18-2008 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sleepystevenson (Post 1016674)
I don't know where you would find them commercially. Thankfully, I have a relative who worked for the company that made them (now out of business...) He scarfed up any extras laying around for scrap price and the "test" barrels, which were dropped filled and pressurized....there was little damage, other than the top skirt, which we pounded out. They are really heavy duty...weigh about 70 lbs empty.

60 gallon SS primary? You don't mess around.

-TH- 12-18-2008 06:28 PM

Say hello to my little rig...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...um/stand11.jpg

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/4/Rig1.jpg

GilaMinumBeer 12-18-2008 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shonuff (Post 1016699)
60 gallon SS primary? You don't mess around.

Not to mention the 23.5 gallons of American Stout. Sheesh! And I have a hard time seeing the bottom of 5 gallons.

GilaMinumBeer 12-18-2008 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slnies (Post 1013967)
Ahh, what money can buy. Got to love it. Cheers and congrats!

Money?

Who said anything about money. :cross:

Credit baby and at 19.654798% daily interest thta makes this rigs value right at about $40K.

wOOt!


Oh and ;).

camiller 12-18-2008 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -TH- (Post 1016718)

Is that cart custom built, or re-purposed from something that is commercially available?

GilaMinumBeer 12-18-2008 07:50 PM

IIRC, re-purposed from a server workstation or something like that.

-TH- 12-18-2008 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by camiller (Post 1016901)
Is that cart custom built, or re-purposed from something that is commercially available?

Used to be a guillotine paper cutter (see here). That's where I work. I saved this stand from the scrap pile and cut it up to work for me.

sleepystevenson 12-19-2008 04:10 PM

Well, my brother and I brew together...so, we split everything.

When we started, we were each brewing 5 gal batches separately, but at the same time. It didn't make much sense that we were both working on doing the same step of the process at the same time independently. SO, when we went to all grain, we went to an IceCube cooler MLT and 1/2 bbl. keggle that allowed us to do 10-12 gals and therefore work together. Didn't take long for us to find out that we had to brew pretty regularly to keep us "in beer".

So, when we were lucky enough to come across those one barrel kegs, we decided to go for it. Course, it took about a year to scrounge all the parts. Our system is still all "hands on", with no automation. With two guys, it isn't that hard to keep up with the process. The 60 gal fermenter (pics in my gallery) allows us to do back to back batches and ferment in one vessel. It's not exactly a conical, but the rounded bottom has worked pretty well for yeast collection. It is basically the size/shape of two 1 bbl kegs on top of each other, almost 6' to the top. I gotta say, though, it is pretty sweet to have to use a step ladder to access your fermenter!! Has been a lot of fun, but only 2 brews on it so far, so we are still learning, for sure.

TimSTi 12-19-2008 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sleepystevenson (Post 1018381)
Well, my brother and I brew together...so, we split everything.

When we started, we were each brewing 5 gal batches separately, but at the same time. It didn't make much sense that we were both working on doing the same step of the process at the same time independently. SO, when we went to all grain, we went to an IceCube cooler MLT and 1/2 bbl. keggle that allowed us to do 10-12 gals and therefore work together. Didn't take long for us to find out that we had to brew pretty regularly to keep us "in beer".

So, when we were lucky enough to come across those one barrel kegs, we decided to go for it. Course, it took about a year to scrounge all the parts. Our system is still all "hands on", with no automation. With two guys, it isn't that hard to keep up with the process. The 60 gal fermenter (pics in my gallery) allows us to do back to back batches and ferment in one vessel. It's not exactly a conical, but the rounded bottom has worked pretty well for yeast collection. It is basically the size/shape of two 1 bbl kegs on top of each other, almost 6' to the top. I gotta say, though, it is pretty sweet to have to use a step ladder to access your fermenter!! Has been a lot of fun, but only 2 brews on it so far, so we are still learning, for sure.

That is friggin sick man. Do you keg into cornies or 1/2bbl's? 60 gallon batches. Nuts. That's almost a microbrewery!

nathan 12-20-2008 11:26 PM

my pumps haven't arrived yet, but I'm using the stand today. My hlt is nice, mixing a whole batch worth of water at once (distilled and well water) was great. boiling in the keg without worries of boilover is nice too.
With no pumps I'm heaving the kegs up higher onto my upturned blichman for height. I fill my cfc and lines with sanitizer in reverse pumping from my starsan keg, and let it sit until time to rip. Then it siphons fairly nicely and my cfc my brother made for me got me to 61F with everything running full-bore. With pump control I'll be able to control the flow for lager temps more easily.

if you don't have one, find a friend with a wire-feed welder (by the time I was done I found 3) and get to work. It seems overwhelming in the begining, so just take it one step at a time and you'll be cooking!

btw, my aluminum top buckles in the heat. I will cut slots for the hold-down bolts to lessen it a bit, but it can lift a full keg and tilt it about a half inch. freaky. but it doesn't effect performance.

ChefyTim 12-23-2008 01:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blaze379 (Post 741757)

OK, so I'm thinking of doing a system similar to your but, want an all natural gas setup.

Looks like many of you guys are using the Huricane Burners like the one at this link. NORTHERN BREWER: Burners (bottom of page for $33.99). They say these can only be used with propane but I was thinking I saw someone mention using that brass valve (also on the same page of that link) to turn the burner into a natural gas one.

Is that all there is to it? Do I have this correct? What exactly would I need between my natural gas hookup and the burner beside a valve?

Thanks,
Tim

c-note 12-23-2008 01:17 AM

My brewrig
 
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Decided to go with a wood frame after seeing the other one on this thread. Just finished testing it - no major issues. Brought about 7 gallons up to boil, added some Star San, and started pumping it through everything. I used 1/2" Hardibacker to protect the wood from the heat. Seems to work well, there is about a 1/2" gap between the Hardibacker and wood so there will be little conductive heat to the wood. I integrated a CFC below the table on which the cooler is placed. There are three sets of fittings at the front, those are CFC water in/out, pump in/out, and CFC wort in/out. All the hose is 1/2" silicone with QD's on everything. I have a water hose hookup on back that is plumbed to the valves on the far left and right.

Things left to do:
-Install sight glasses on both kegs.
-Install valve on upper rightmost keg to regulate wort coming out of the CFC.
-One more strip of Hardibacker to protect the front "counter" from the burners.
-Replace some of the nozzles with screws on the 23-tip burners.
-Polish kegs.

Comments/suggestions/questions are welcome.

Can't wait to brew a batch on this!

Dude 12-23-2008 01:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blaze379 (Post 741757)


I especially like the color choice for your rig. ;)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...36-magnet2.jpg

ScubaSteve 12-23-2008 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by c-note (Post 1023634)

Can't wait to brew a batch on this!

That's really nice. I dig the way you have the QD's going through the wall, and the hidden cfc. That makes for a really clean install and I'm sure it'll make your brewing easier. The middle work surface is nice, too. You'll be able to take the MT off once you're done and use it to lay out your hops, recipes, etc. while you're boiling. Great job!:mug:

TerapinChef 12-23-2008 01:57 PM

I agree, very nice setup. What is the flat surface that your keggles are resting on?

c-note 12-23-2008 02:34 PM

The keggles are resting on angle iron. I bought it at HD - its their stock 1 1/4" stuff. The picture above doesn't show it too well, I'll post another pic tonight.

c-note 12-24-2008 01:47 PM

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Here's a side view of one of the burners. The Hardibacker does a good job of keeping heat away from the wood. I made straight cuts through the angle iron and notched the wood. Haven't seen any sagging so far.

I do need to block off some of the tips in the burner - the flame is hard to control with all 23 tips on. I keep getting a small flame in the base of each tip where the air is supposed to be mixed with the gas and it starts burning yellow. I think enough of the gas is combusting in the base of the tip to make the mixture at the output of the tip too "lean" and causing the yellow flame. Blocking off some of the tips should increase the pressure and prevent the flame at the base of the tip. I've seen the thread about blocking off some of the tips and will try that.

missing link 12-25-2008 06:25 PM

I finally had time to take some pics

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ull_system.JPG

Electric heat exchangers plumbed directly to March pumps.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...pside_down.JPG

Holds temps within .5 degrees of my set temp at the mash outlet.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...Mash_Temps.JPG

Linc

stokems 12-26-2008 12:28 PM

brew rig
 
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1550 clone built by my father.

cdburg 12-28-2008 03:24 AM

I posted this in a separate thread in July, but I thought it would be good to include it here as well.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/brut...omplete-73169/

I edited reply #7 in November to add pictures of some updates we made to the design (pump mounts, additional heat shielding, minor frame filling).

thewurzel 01-01-2009 07:12 PM

Just in progress of updating system
new brew kettle
ill be making real sculpture when all kettles are finished



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ng_on_deck.jpg

Seabee John 01-02-2009 04:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thewurzel (Post 1037304)
Just in progress of updating system
new brew kettle
ill be making real sculpture when all kettles are finished



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ng_on_deck.jpg

Hey - is your top tier a portable toilet of some sort? it looks like something I once saw in a nursing home visit

mattmcl 01-02-2009 03:28 PM

Yeah! I had a buddy who used to take one of those camping!

The Pol 01-02-2009 04:03 PM

Awesome, the "Port-A-Brew"

thewurzel 01-02-2009 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seabee John (Post 1038022)
Hey - is your top tier a portable toilet of some sort? it looks like something I once saw in a nursing home visit

yes it is
i was in a motorcycle accident last year and they sent me home from hospital with it. But it never got used as i was able to make it up the stairs.

Seabee John 01-02-2009 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seabee John (Post 1038022)
Hey - is your top tier a portable toilet of some sort? it looks like something I once saw in a nursing home visit

Quote:

Originally Posted by thewurzel (Post 1038734)
yes it is
i was in a motorcycle accident last year and they sent me home from hospital with it. But it never got used as i was able to make it up the stairs.

Talk about convenience in brewing.... I like to brag about the ability to take a leak outside my garage on a brewday... but this takes it to a whole new level!

TommyBoy 01-02-2009 08:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thewurzel (Post 1038734)
yes it is
i was in a motorcycle accident last year and they sent me home from hospital with it. But it never got used as i was able to make it up the stairs.

You better not ever, ever, EVER make a bad batch or your buddies are going to have a field day with you on how "****ty" your beer was. ;)

98EXL 01-05-2009 04:40 PM

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I started off with a $20 Clearance Turkey Fryer kit from Dick's. That was great, I was able to do almost full boils for extract, and was able to do it outside. Then the AG bug hit. I don't have the means for the uber sculpture that I want now, so instead I contracted my buddy to help build the uber burner stand.

So here it is a lot higher than it was, not painted, and thinking the tank would look cool underneath it:

Attachment 9083

Painted now, and structurally sound with obligatory puppy pose:

Attachment 9084

Then after loads of beers, the MIG welder got fired up and we decided to make a nice side cart so to speak for the CFC:

Attachment 9085

Needs some more paint and some finishing touches like hooks for my stirring spoon etc, and I'm thinking maybe another small side cart to put **** on would be nice, who knows at this point.

And yes, the CFC is lopsided....made that druck, need to make it look straight

brrman 01-07-2009 07:58 PM

I know that is probably pretty study, but that just scares the sh1t outta me.

TerapinChef 01-07-2009 09:06 PM

Yeah I was thinking the same thing...plus it looks like it would be an effective nut roasting machine as well.

bplaughlin 01-07-2009 11:58 PM

Brew Stand
 
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This is my new brew stand. I haven't used it yet but will this weekend. I built it for around $100 and coated it with lacquer to make cleanup easier in case of a spill or boil over.

The Pol 01-08-2009 01:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 98EXL (Post 1043527)
I started off with a $20 Clearance Turkey Fryer kit from Dick's. That was great, I was able to do almost full boils for extract, and was able to do it outside. Then the AG bug hit. I don't have the means for the uber sculpture that I want now, so instead I contracted my buddy to help build the uber burner stand.

So here it is a lot higher than it was, not painted, and thinking the tank would look cool underneath it:

Attachment 9083

Painted now, and structurally sound with obligatory puppy pose:

Attachment 9084

Then after loads of beers, the MIG welder got fired up and we decided to make a nice side cart so to speak for the CFC:

Attachment 9085

Needs some more paint and some finishing touches like hooks for my stirring spoon etc, and I'm thinking maybe another small side cart to put **** on would be nice, who knows at this point.

And yes, the CFC is lopsided....made that druck, need to make it look straight

What was the design philosophy behind making it so tall?

TerapinChef 01-08-2009 02:03 AM

Uh, he's 9'8" duh.

98EXL 01-08-2009 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Pol (Post 1049705)
What was the design philosophy behind making it so tall?

once the keggle is full, I don't have to lift/move anything except for a full carboy. I wanted to be able to go straight from keggle, to CFC to carboy all gravity.

FSR402 01-09-2009 01:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 98EXL (Post 1050783)
once the keggle is full, I don't have to lift/move anything except for a full carboy. I wanted to be able to go straight from keggle, to CFC to carboy all gravity.

I do this and my kettle is only half as high as yours. :drunk:

98EXL 01-12-2009 05:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FSR402 (Post 1052329)
I do this and my kettle is only half as high as yours. :drunk:

well, at any rate, I like the height of it

nicksteck 01-12-2009 05:51 AM

i think it looks good

TerapinChef 01-12-2009 02:42 PM

The great thing about this site is the amount of ideas we see actually put into play. More power to you for building something that meets your needs perfectly. That makes it better than some beautifully constructed thing that doesn't do exactly what the operator wants.

It still scares the crap out of me though.

Bobby_M 01-12-2009 02:57 PM

The flow rate is definitely going to be higher the more of a drop you have so while lower works, you could say that higher works better.

FSR402 01-12-2009 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bobby_M (Post 1058960)
The flow rate is definitely going to be higher the more of a drop you have so while lower works, you could say that higher works better.

Depends on the tap water temp and how well the CFC works. :D Just sayin

nathan 01-16-2009 08:02 PM

I second not lifting full kegs. While waiting on pump parts I hoisted mine up a ladder to rest higher so I could get a siphon. TOTAL SUCK.

Once I install my pumps tomorrow I'll pump out to carboys on a wagon/cart so I can roll them to their resting places.

Well, except the ones that have to go in the house. Those I can wheel to the front steps and carry up 4 steps to the front room, though.

Brew enough and any amount of carrying or heaving you can eliminate becomes worth it!

nathan 01-18-2009 04:54 PM

my wet test is in progress and working beautifully. YEAH! now I have a fully LP system that I can run. No auto controls or electric yet, but that can be added in time.

Off to brew!

SSRider 01-19-2009 03:39 AM

Just got it running. Now its time to brew.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0115091648.jpg

FSR402 01-19-2009 11:43 AM

Is that a wood top with burners under it?

stokems 01-19-2009 11:54 AM

Thats beautiful.....mmm beer.

MSUConrad 01-19-2009 11:55 AM

I would be interested in seeing more pictures of your burner setup around that wood. Did you make or buy the insert?

SpanishCastleAle 01-19-2009 03:21 PM

Some badass rigs in this thread. My rig is just two seperate propane burners, a few stainless pots, and a bucket-in-a-bucket lauter tun.:(

SSRider 01-19-2009 06:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FSR402 (Post 1074112)
Is that a wood top with burners under it?

Just one burner, the HLT and HX are electric>


Quote:

Originally Posted by MSUConrad (Post 1074122)
I would be interested in seeing more pictures of your burner setup around that wood. Did you make or buy the insert?

I made it, I just used some sheet metal to shield the wood. Its a temporary setup until I move to all electric, thats why I have such a small burner. Once I go electric, the top will be covered by aluminum, stainless or a nice regular counter top.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0119091106.jpg
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0119091108.jpg
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0119091110.jpg
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0119091111.jpg

schweaty 01-26-2009 09:32 PM

Here is my newly built rig. It has not been painted yet and the kegs still need couplers welded into them. Should be finished by the end of this week hopefull. Thanks to Bobby for his help!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...01_Medium_.jpg

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ture_00210.jpg

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...03_Medium_.jpg

beergutbrew 01-26-2009 10:40 PM

Three Tier copy of Mullerbrau's design. Older photo, I have welded fittings on my keggles now. If anyone is within traveling distance of Huntsville, AL I know a welder that will weld the fittings on.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink

jvetter 01-27-2009 05:21 PM

So many great systems. Here is my updated one....

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_l1NX6gUy9C8/SV...Y/s800/086.JPG

Boil kettle goes to the right on a separate burner for now. Stand needs to be movable by me from the basement to the driveway...

The Pol 01-27-2009 08:00 PM

Dunno if I have my v2.0 in this thread yet... if not.

This is how CCB mashes.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...h_P1020308.jpg

This is how CCB sparges.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...h_P1020315.jpg

Brewme 01-29-2009 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScubaSteve (Post 461077)
Dude-
Brew rigs are ALWAYS a work in progress...:)
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...3-IMGP3148.JPG

This is now my dream system! Awesome!

polecreek 01-29-2009 11:17 PM

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heres mine

aekdbbop 02-02-2009 11:07 PM

Here is mine.. nothing fancy but it does the job..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...random_006.jpg

Monster Mash 02-02-2009 11:39 PM

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...d/IMG_1745.jpg

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...d/IMG_1749.jpg

tipicreeper 02-02-2009 11:50 PM

Damn Man.:mug:

schweaty 02-02-2009 11:53 PM

This thread is to brewing rigs what the ocean is to fish, there is always one that's bigger! Very impressive

TerapinChef 02-03-2009 02:49 AM

Damn you california people and your perfect weather...lets see that thing work when it's 4 degrees outside! Those tiny wheels wouldn't even make it through the snow!

*Just a bit jealous*

rabeb25 02-03-2009 02:56 AM

http://rabeb25.mikesdecks.com/BEER/N...s/dsc03185.jpg


http://rabeb25.mikesdecks.com/BEER/N...s/dsc03183.jpg


Bryan

schweaty 02-03-2009 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerapinChef (Post 1108690)
Damn you california people and your perfect weather...lets see that thing work when it's 4 degrees outside! Those tiny wheels wouldn't even make it through the snow!

*Just a bit jealous*

I know how you feel brother, I HATE this Michigan winter more than ever. I haven't brewed in almost 4 months and it's making me crazy! And my pipeline is almost dry!

TerapinChef 02-03-2009 12:42 PM

You just got to suck it up and catch a day that isn't snowing. I don't even have a garage, I'm out there with the elements. Although I did figure out a good system where my HLT sits on the stove, my cooler sits on the top of the landing to the back door, and drains into my keggle, which, when full, I can swing right out the back door onto my burner. Cuts on the outside time, you know...

Monster Mash 02-03-2009 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerapinChef (Post 1108690)
Damn you california people and your perfect weather...lets see that thing work when it's 4 degrees outside! Those tiny wheels wouldn't even make it through the snow!

*Just a bit jealous*


If you look close you can see the temperature on the controllers is a freezing 39 degrees...:)

TerapinChef 02-03-2009 03:15 PM

Freezing?!?! It hit 41 here on Sunday and people were walking around without coats on...of course the low tonight is 10 with a wind chill of -5

schweaty 02-03-2009 11:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerapinChef (Post 1109014)
You just got to suck it up and catch a day that isn't snowing. I don't even have a garage, I'm out there with the elements. Although I did figure out a good system where my HLT sits on the stove, my cooler sits on the top of the landing to the back door, and drains into my keggle, which, when full, I can swing right out the back door onto my burner. Cuts on the outside time, you know...

My biggest concern is my MLT keeping a constant temp. For some reason I forsee alot of heat loss in sub freezing weather....

ScubaSteve 02-04-2009 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by schweaty (Post 1110624)
My biggest concern is my MLT keeping a constant temp. For some reason I forsee alot of heat loss in sub freezing weather....

FWIW, I'm in Northern Illinois....and we've been below freezing for months now.....I use a keg MLT and just throw blankets around and on top of it. On average I have about 5f loss in a 20F garage....my beers have been a little light bodied, but that's fine for the IPA's I usually brew.

If it's really a problem, just go with a cooler. It's freaking amazing how well those things retain heat....I generally only lose 1F over the whole mash :ban:

SSRider 02-04-2009 12:12 AM

Those must be some wicked strong brackets, thats got to be a heavy load.

rabeb25 02-04-2009 12:54 AM

I think they are quoted at 550lbs a piece, spaced 16"oc.

SSRider 02-04-2009 02:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rabeb25 (Post 1110792)
I think they are quoted at 550lbs a piece, spaced 16"oc.

Daanggg(joe dirt voice) makes for a clean install.

TerapinChef 02-04-2009 02:53 AM

What is that lining the walls of your brewery?

rabeb25 02-04-2009 04:15 AM

Insulation and poly, that is until I get enough money to line it in tile and SS :)

Iechyd Da 02-22-2009 01:36 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/.../IMG_13741.JPG
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/.../IMG_13751.JPG

CodeRage 02-22-2009 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rabeb25 (Post 1111204)
Insulation and poly, that is until I get enough money to line it in tile and SS :)

Heh, looks like Dexter's brewery to me ;)

Lil' Sparky 02-23-2009 03:59 PM

Oh, sweet! That's the first time I've seen the new setup. Awesome!!

Lil' Sparky 02-23-2009 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rabeb25 (Post 1108700)

What's the computer screen in the wall all about. please esplain!!

IrregularPulse 02-23-2009 04:04 PM

Looks like his brewday software to moniotr water/mash temps and stuff like that. Notice his kegs, they're Electric and most likely cycled from his software. Automation, a dream I hope to incorporate into my rig some day when my money trees bloom again.

rabeb25 02-23-2009 05:09 PM

Yes, thats my brewery controller. It does basically all the brewing, I just add water and grain..oh and turn a ball valve or 2 (but that should be changed soon!)

badogg 02-23-2009 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Pol (Post 1094673)
Dunno if I have my v2.0 in this thread yet... if not.

This is how CCB mashes.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...h_P1020308.jpg

This is how CCB sparges.
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...h_P1020315.jpg

I'm curious as to the inner workings of this setup. I have essentially the same setup, well to the extent of the two coolers, but am intrigued as to what you have under the hood as I am liking the automatic aspect of yours and how you are controlling the temps.

Lil' Sparky 02-23-2009 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rabeb25 (Post 1153278)
Yes, thats my brewery controller. It does basically all the brewing, I just add water and grain..oh and turn a ball valve or 2 (but that should be changed soon!)

Do you have a DIY thread on all this? If not, you need to put one together! Nerds like me love stuff like that. Is it custom written s/w?

nathan 02-23-2009 08:33 PM

The Pol has all that info available in his threads about electric herms and bling-bling.

We really do need to nag him into getting some silicon tubing, though. That vinyl makes me afraid!

nathan 02-23-2009 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky (Post 1153853)
Do you have a DIY thread on all this? If not, you need to put one together! Nerds like me love stuff like that. Is it custom written s/w?

seconded. I'm not as good at computerizing in this regard as others here, but if someone like you can "dumb it down"... :)

Bernie Brewer 02-23-2009 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rabeb25 (Post 1153278)
Yes, thats my brewery controller. It does basically all the brewing, I just add water and grain..oh and turn a ball valve or 2 (but that should be changed soon!)


Kinda takes all the fun out of it, no?

No, that's not jealousy talking.........

Lil' Sparky 02-23-2009 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bernie Brewer (Post 1153903)
No, that's not jealousy talking.........

Isn't that usually the alibi people give when they're jealous... ;)

I know I'm a little jealous anyway.

Bernie Brewer 02-23-2009 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky (Post 1153941)
Isn't that usually the alibi people give when they're jealous... ;)

I know I'm a little jealous anyway.


Honest, I'm not! I'm happier than a pig in a poke with my rig. The one I modeled after your old brew tree....

nathan 02-23-2009 09:37 PM

not jealousy, but envy. greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

cyberbackpacker 02-23-2009 10:32 PM

rabebs setup is the bcs-460 from ecc. Check some of his threads, or check out his posts on the ecc forum.

rabeb25 02-23-2009 10:55 PM

Yup, this is true!

drewbrew82 02-24-2009 12:32 AM

Here's my ongoing brew setup. I am slowly building it up. I am building a HERMS right now. That large tank has a 40 gallon capacity. I got the stainless tank and frame free from work. My goal is to to 15 gallon batches.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...icture_235.jpg

Lil' Sparky 02-24-2009 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyberbackpacker (Post 1154071)
rabebs setup is the bcs-460 from ecc. Check some of his threads, or check out his posts on the ecc forum.

What's the ECC forum? I see one for Ecclesiastic Commonwealth Community...

Got any links?

Lil' Sparky 02-24-2009 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bernie Brewer (Post 1153965)
Honest, I'm not! I'm happier than a pig in a poke with my rig. The one I modeled after your old brew tree....

Ohhhhh. Well in that case, I know you're being honest. :D

The Pol 02-24-2009 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nathan (Post 1153859)
The Pol has all that info available in his threads about electric herms and bling-bling.

We really do need to nag him into getting some silicon tubing, though. That vinyl makes me afraid!


What Nathan said... I have several threads that are very long with copious ammounts of inormation in them. I have parts lists, costs, instructions etc. Several have already built this same system from the information currently available here.

cyberbackpacker 02-24-2009 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky (Post 1155032)
What's the ECC forum? I see one for Ecclesiastic Commonwealth Community...

Got any links?

Embedded Control Concepts: BCS-460 Temperature Controller

Lil' Sparky 02-24-2009 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyberbackpacker (Post 1155239)

That's a cool piece of equipment. Ought to be for $187!

I love the networked/web interface. Really nice!! Looks like it would be easy to set up and use, too.

EDIT: after looking through some of the state transition diagrams you set up, maybe EASY doesn't best describe things, but I can see how it can help you fully automate everything you need to do.

SHvanBommel 02-24-2009 03:35 PM

The machine states are actualyl quite easy once you actually get over the way the information is presented. I have one and have turned it on about two or three times (in the process of equipment gathering) and was able to predesign my mash/HLT programs.

RandalG 02-28-2009 04:33 AM

This thread is an inspiration to us noobs.From the economical to the extreme my head is spinning from where to start planning my future rig.

datamike 02-28-2009 11:12 AM

BrewDevil
 
Mine is still a work in process. I am about three weeks into it. It's based on the Brutus 10, but will feature an adjustable sparge arm and whirlpool chilling. I am also using the ECC 460 for system control. That's why there is no mounting arm for a control panel. I built a small table out of the same 2"x2" tubing to hold my laptop.

Here's a pic of the current state of the project:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ilbuild090.jpg


And there's a build log here: BrewDevil Build

Michael

mrbowenz 02-28-2009 11:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by datamike (Post 1165171)
Mine is still a work in process. I am about three weeks into it. It's based on the Brutus 10, but will feature an adjustable sparge arm and whirlpool chilling. I am also using the ECC 460 for system control. That's why there is no mounting arm for a control panel. I built a small table out of the same 2"x2" tubing to hold my laptop.

Here's a pic of the current state of the project:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ilbuild090.jpg


And there's a build log here: BrewDevil Build

Michael

That looks great !:mug:

ddknight 02-28-2009 02:09 PM

1 Attachment(s)
Here's what I've come up with:

mkultra69 03-02-2009 04:24 AM

As with most of us, still a work in progress. Built the table my self so that its the perfect height to feed my keg, and hold all my brew stuff.

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...brewtable1.jpg

Sonny 03-02-2009 04:38 AM

My 2 cents
 
This is my first post on this forum and would like to thank all who post here and share their time and knowledge. This post is awesome! I dont think you can find a bigger compilation of rig pics in one place. I've been working on this for some time now. Its finnaly come to its 2.0 version and has an integrated Arduino Microcontroller recording 11 temps into an access database. Arduinos are fun!
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8378/picture005.jpg
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/3373/picture033.jpg
http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/7762/picture036.jpg
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/851/picture055.jpg

I have more Pics if anyone wants to see them.

stevecaaster 03-02-2009 04:24 PM

gui
 
Sonny, that is sick, i like the gui, how did you build it? I am attempting something similar (running my brew rig on a windows based control system). could you please elaborate a bit on the software side of your rig please?

pompeiisneaks 03-02-2009 05:22 PM

Well from what I see on his laptop, its running access. The underlying question I can't answer is how he gets data from his controller TO access. There may be some functionality in the hardware to send data straight into an access db, or he has some intermediate program that reads data from the brew hardware/software and inserts the data into his db. Either way, the access db is representing data from a database and/or some links to the brew hardware/software. I'd like to know more too, how does it interface w/ access <=> brew hardware/software?

TeufelBrew 03-02-2009 05:30 PM

Nothing fancy, no GUI's, nothing automated or electric. Just a repurposing of what I have on hand already.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...28_09_0022.jpg

I've found that half the fun of homebrewing for me is making stuff up as I go. McGyver myself some fun toys or tools and go with it.

Sonny 03-02-2009 05:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pompeiisneaks (Post 1169265)
Well from what I see on his laptop, its running access. The underlying question I can't answer is how he gets data from his controller TO access. There may be some functionality in the hardware to send data straight into an access db, or he has some intermediate program that reads data from the brew hardware/software and inserts the data into his db. Either way, the access db is representing data from a database and/or some links to the brew hardware/software. I'd like to know more too, how does it interface w/ access <=> brew hardware/software?

Gents,
In summary. I created a .jpg in photoshop of the brewery diagram and inserted it into an access form. Created the dynamic labels(in access) to read from the serial port. The arduino has three lines with multiple temp sensors with code that loops the lines looking for the DS18B20 temp sensors. Once a temp sensor is found the aruino serial prints to the usb port and in ms access there is a control called mscomm1 that grabs the data and prints it to the labels that are positioned on the form over the diagram. I am not a programmer by trade but my brother is a guru(thanks for all the help Bro!!). Took us about 11 hrs one weekend to program the arduino and ms access to be so cool. The arduino is mounted with the pump and stir controlls in the grey utility box you see the wires running out. The temp sensors are cycled through and display new temps every 12 seconds. Once the data is inside access there is a simple SQL created to stuff the data into a linked access table that relates to the certain beer record in the database described below(dont want to inflate the working database with a ton of data. I brewed the other day for the first time with this software and it was amazing. I can now log and graph all the data from the brew session. I can see the HeatX and the 4 different temps on a graph if i wanted to. The temp sensors and data are logged as follows, ambient temp, date time, Mash, HLT, Boil, CFCWastewaterCold, CFCWastewaterHot, CFCWortCold, CFCWorthot, (hot water heater)HWHCold, HWHHot, HWH(Water). The small blue pot in the second pic is a hot water heater(brew water through a copper pipe in a pot of boiling water) with some nifty tri-clamp fittings i can use it to heat brew water or wort as in a RIMS style brewery. Its always nice to have hot water at a moments notice for cleaning and such, it also takes much less time to hit strike and sparge temps. The other pic of the screen is another form in the access database that i created to log and create recipies and help me through the brew session. It calculates everything form mash volumes to estimated gravity and much more. Im at the office and dont have any more pics. Ill send more when i get to the house. Hope this clears up some questions. Let me know if you want to know more.

Regards,
Sonny

bnscherm 03-03-2009 01:28 PM

All electric HERMS. I just finished the kettle yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to brew with it yet.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_eZxWuNSGhXM/Sa...ture%20003.jpg

More pics

bendavanza 03-03-2009 01:40 PM

Just finished, planning to brew this week
full story here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-f...-stand-104666/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/IMG_3306.JPG

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...m/IMG_3303.JPG

silvervan83 03-10-2009 06:47 PM

This is me.
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z...n/CIMG1751.jpg

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z...n/CIMG1752.jpg

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z...n/CIMG1753.jpg

COLObrewer 03-10-2009 07:34 PM

You asked for it!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/...080ba5a747.jpg

Next additions:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3519/...8f4db6641d.jpg

And the cleanup crew:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3370/...b9582f47f7.jpg

Vern:rockin:

virus692 03-10-2009 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by COLObrewer (Post 1188493)

I have heard of Chicken and beer but I think you are starting the marinading a little early... I mean they still have feathers:p

COLObrewer 03-10-2009 07:51 PM

Feathers filter out the grease.

Elut 03-11-2009 09:06 AM

I was just wondering, for those in this thread who use a computer controlled system, what card/box are using to make the link between the brewing system and the computer?

And what soft are you using?

datamike 03-11-2009 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elut (Post 1189812)
I was just wondering, for those in this thread who use a computer controlled system, what card/box are using to make the link between the brewing system and the computer?

And what soft are you using?

I am using the ECC 460 PLC: Embedded Control Concepts: BCS-460 Temperature Controller

You can connect to it via an ethernet cable. Or flash a wifi router with firmware to turn it into a wireless bridge and connect wirelessly.

The interface is simply a browser. I use and recommend Firefox.

Michael

Couevas 03-11-2009 02:29 PM

Just finished mine up last night
Here is the build thread
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/.../IMG_33541.JPG

Sonny 03-11-2009 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elut (Post 1189812)
I was just wondering, for those in this thread who use a computer controlled system, what card/box are using to make the link between the brewing system and the computer?

And what soft are you using?

I use the Arduino. You'll have to program the software yourself.

TommyBoy 03-11-2009 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by datamike (Post 1189839)
I am using the ECC 460 PLC: Embedded Control Concepts: BCS-460 Temperature Controller

You can connect to it via an ethernet cable. Or flash a wifi router with firmware to turn it into a wireless bridge and connect wirelessly.

The interface is simply a browser. I use and recommend Firefox.

Michael

I am interested is this as I am automating my rig and would love to control it off a laptop. Do you have a pic of it in your control panel? Are you running gas or electric on your rig?


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