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Old 02-25-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default Single Tier Brew Stand Build

I'm hoping to start building a single tier brew stand in the not too distant future. Right now I'm in the planning stage, designing the stand and various options. I'm going to start fairly simple and add on as time / money allows. The first phase will be the stand with three burners that will be manually lit / controlled. In the future I plan to automate the HLT and MLT burners with temp controllers.

Here's a rendering of the basic frame plan. Its based on the Brutus design with a few tweaks. I'm putting the gas manifold on the front so I'll have easy access to the burner valves. I'm still working out the details on the burner heat shield and the best way to ensure the burner exhaust is vented.

Any input would be appreciated. I've learned a ton here reading about everyone's builds so I thought I'd throw mine up there and hopefully someone else can learn from mine as I'm going through the process.

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Looks like gas is in the frame. I have seen people do this but there are also those who are very adamant about how dangerous that is. Just something to think about.

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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Looks like gas is in the frame. I have seen people do this but there are also those who are very adamant about how dangerous that is. Just something to think about.
Thanks for the input, certainly something to think about, but as you said many have done this. There will only be the one lower section of frame tube that is pressurized with gas and I would definitely pressure test this section to ensure the welds are sound.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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My concept for the future control panel is that it will be mounted on an arm and hinged off the right front leg. This will allow me to fold the control panel around to the side of the stand when not in use so it won't take up as much space.

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Old 02-27-2012, 03:02 AM   #5
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Moved things forward a bit tonight. Picked up a welder and angle grinder. Need to put some more work into the design and finish a bathroom project in the house before I can start on the stand, but things are starting to take shape. This is going to be a fun project!

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Old 02-28-2012, 02:50 AM   #6
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Thinking about planning for a fold away shelf on the left end of the stand.

Possibly using a set of these folding shelf brackets mounted to the two upright frame legs with a shelf mounted to the brackets. The shelf would give a nice work surface to stage hops and hold tools such as a refractometer or a pH meter.

Any thoughts on this? Can't say I've seen any brew stands with a shelf like this but it seems like it would come in handy.

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The shelf is a great idea. I'm sure I've seen it once or twice before. Not sure why it's not considered a standard item. I am always looking for places to set various items while I brew. Don't forget to add a cup holder for your beer!

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There will most certainly be a cup holder somewhere. Most likely on the side of the control panel!

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Good idea. As far away from heat as possible. And being on the far side of the panel it will be shielded.

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Good idea. As far away from heat as possible. And being on the far side of the panel it will be shielded.
Yep, that was my thought as well. I've got one of these from another project that I never used so it's probably going on the right side of the panel.

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