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Old 01-01-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default Single Tier HERMS Brewstand Step by Step Build

I recently sold my 15 gal. dual tier stand, now it's time to build the new single tier 26 gal. HERMS system.

I'm going to do my best to give a step by step for anyone thinking of building a new system or adapting their own. I did this all by myself with basic tools except a welder but you could bolt it too if you wanted.

Some sheet metal work was done by a local sheet metal shop in Holland MI, Accurate Sheet Metal Inc. They also did the kettle welding. I'm a firm believer in getting local help with this sort of thing, they are usually cheaper than you think and are more than willing to help a brewer.

I'm going to try to post all the pictures and descriptions at once and then a few days later I'll have the first brew day documented to show how it went.

Thanks for looking!

I went with Polarware Heavy Duty kettles from MoreBeer, They had a sweet Christmas Deal and they to the ball valve and thermometer welding.


Getting a feel for how the layout will be...

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Step bit saves money at the weld shop if I do it myself...

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Lower Shelf Layout...

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HERMS coil out of the box...I bought this on ebay, it's a .020 wall thickness. DO NOT get this one, it's too thin and you can't bend it even with the proper bender. There is a .028 wall one on ebay and the one at theelectricbrewery is .032.

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After I bent it on a bucket...

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Some more layout ideas...

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Dip tubes are from theelectricbrewery.com from the hop stopper, installed on the HLT and the Mash tun...

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The hopstopper...

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Side view...

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Installed in the boil kettle...

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Inside view of the HLT with the water recirc arm in and the fittings for the HERMS coil installed...

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HLT valves in, I'm going to try vinyl labels for now, I'm not sure if they will withstand the heat. If you have another idea let me know, I like the look of the labels...

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Boil kettle fill and whirlpool arm...

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MoreBeer ultimate sparge arm, may possibly upgrade to the automatic float switch eventually...

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HERMS coil installed, you can see the trouble I had in the bending...

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Counter Flow chiller set up with ball valves and an inline thermometer...

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Burner rings/hangers rolled by Accurate...

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Laying out the top shelf where the kettles will sit, I went with 4 beams so I will not have to have a support in the middle...

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Burner holders mounted...

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Close up of the cutting for the burner inlet and lighter holes (same size as blickmann so an automatic igniter can be added)

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HLT labels on...

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The base that will hold the kettles and equipment when in storage...

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Now it's starting to look like something...

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Finishing some of the welds, then primed and painted with high temp paint. Hopefully it lasts...

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Wheels designed from the MoreBeer ultimate brew sculpture. I may go to casters but I like the stability and keeping the system lower to get to the top of the kettles...

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This is the holder for the chiller and the o2 tank. The whole thing fits in the boil kettle above the hopstopper for storage...

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Burners installed...

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LP manifold, made out of copper and brass fittings. This took less room than pipe and the smaller fittings were easier to come by. All at Lowes. It's all 1/4in only but feeds all the burners at once just fine...

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1/8in aluminum sheeting for the bottom shelf and the ends, for looks and some wind deflection when brewing outdoors...

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Wiring the pumps...

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Burners on, they are BG 14's running the high pressure orifice with the bayou classic 0-30psi regulator...

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Test fitting the lines...

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Pump covers...

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Storage/transport mode, The chiller stand is in the boil kettle and the propane tank fits in the mash tun...

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This is the chiller and o2 stand complete..

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DONE!!! Ready for brew day!

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