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Old 12-18-2009, 01:15 AM   #621
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Crap.. i dont have any shots of the converted kegs.
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:50 AM   #622
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Here's my first stab at a brewstand. It's just sort of a temporary setup to cheaply satisfy my urge to build a proper one. I made it out of two $20 shelving units and about $10 worth of plywood for the top. I zip-tied it to the deck railing and as a result it's stiff and stable enough to work pretty well. The wood top insulates the metal frame from heat; the frame feels ice cold even right below the burner.

Unfortunately, it doesn't have casters, so it's pretty much immobile, but I figure I can just throw a tarp over it when it's not in use and bring the kettle, burner, propane tanks and MLT indoors for storage/cleaning. All of this is up on my deck which has no outdoor stairs leading to it, so I doubt I need to worry about the frame or my CFC being stolen.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:01 AM   #623
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That looks nice Reese.

I like the Ice reference with the weather we are having.

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Old 12-29-2009, 03:21 AM   #624
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Running wort through the chiller now. Other than a somewhat stuck sparge, this brew session went really smoothly.

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Old 12-29-2009, 12:28 PM   #625
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All of this is up on my deck which has no outdoor stairs leading to it, so I doubt I need to worry about the frame or my CFC being stolen.
Please keep in mind that freezing temperatures can damage your chiller if there is water still inside of it. If you are storing outside, you want to drain well. Otherwise bring it inside.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:53 PM   #626
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Its amazing the difference a simple stand like that can make on brew day. I have a small cart I got from work on wheels That works great. Not as much of a stand as yours even Reese, but something consistent makes a brew day go smooth

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Old 12-29-2009, 03:30 PM   #627
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Please keep in mind that freezing temperatures can damage your chiller if there is water still inside of it. If you are storing outside, you want to drain well. Otherwise bring it inside.
Yeah, I was just thinking that as I woke up this morning and looked outside to see frost covering my lawn. I think I have it oriented in such a way that it drains all but an ounce or two of water out of both the coil and the hose. I suppose I'll have to go check it out after it thaws later today.

An idea just struck me: after the post-brew CFC rinse-and-drain, a bit of compressed air could probably be used to blow out the last bits of moisture pretty effectively. I don't have a compressor, but those cans of compressed air they sell for cleaning computers would probably last for a few uses.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:15 PM   #628
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I got this stand a few days ago at a local restaurant supply warehouse. I had to do a little drilling to shift the shelves around, but otherwise it's stock. The guy at the warehouse said it was some kind of retail electronics rack or something. I just thought it would work well as a beer stand.

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Old 12-30-2009, 06:22 PM   #629
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An idea just struck me: after the post-brew CFC rinse-and-drain, a bit of compressed air could probably be used to blow out the last bits of moisture pretty effectively. I don't have a compressor, but those cans of compressed air they sell for cleaning computers would probably last for a few uses.
If I get motivated enough, I'll make a quick connect hose to go from my CO2 cylinder to the IC to blow it out. Same idea, but homebrewers always seem to have CO2 laying around
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If I get motivated enough, I'll make a quick connect hose to go from my CO2 cylinder to the IC to blow it out. Same idea, but homebrewers always seem to have CO2 laying around

Off topic I know but,
I wonder about the pressure. Compressed air will give a solid blast.


I suppose a straight bottle hit would do the trick. Be carefull of freezing and don't drown yourself.
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