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Old 04-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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A year ago I built a stand out of an old pipe and the remains of a workout machine. I gave that one to the guy who had been lending me his brew equipment and who taught me to brew.

Plus, I knew what I REALLY wanted to do. . . so it was already outdated!

I had an old server stand sitting around. You know, from the days that servers weren't rack-mounted. This thing is beefy, each shelf can hold well over 100lb. I've sat on each one, and I'm over 270 so. . .



Problem is that the stand is way too tall (8') and there aren't legs/wheels going backward. . . Answer? Cut the top off and use the pieces to make legs. . . Good thing my wife and in-laws bought me a welder for Christmas.

Chopped the top off, but I wanted the cross-piece for stability. Here it's positioned with clamps holding it up until I tack it.


Now to weld the legs on - I've already welded nuts on the bottom for the casters. I did a pretty solid tack on the bottom which allowed me to adjust the straightness of the leg, then weld the rest.

Here's one of the casters - SO nice being able to just wheel it around.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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And here's the finished frame. It's about 6' tall and the shelves are completely adjustable.


And with the keggles, propane tank, and mash tun:


I did move the HLT and BK shelves down a bit - the BK is just high enough to drain perfectly into the carboys; the HLT is just high enough to grav-feed my sparge arm - just a copper pipe that is crimped at one end and hooks onto the far edge of the cooler and has holes drilled every inch. Sprinkles the water perfectly.

I needed to reinforce the shelves a bit because I had to cut holes for the burners - and the shelves aren't really thick steel, so some 1" .060 steel welded up in a grid and welded to the shelves makes them REALLY solid.

I didn't weld the entire length - doesn't need it. 2" stitches holds everything together really nicely - and since I have to use flux core for now, just was easier!


They fit perfectly and work perfectly.

I did put a couple of sheets of thin steel between where the top shelf is and where the cooler is - just heat shield. Works a charm - I can put my hand on the cooler side while the HLT is at full burn. Otherwise it would look like this:
so the heat shield blocks the view but has an inch opening at the top.

I do have two 160K btu burners from agrisupply mounted under the two metal shelves - the MT is on a laminate covered wood shelf.

I brewed on it on Sunday - Gold Dust Pale Ale - and while I have a little bit of height adjustment to do (just a bit) - it worked extremely well.

Future -
Gas manifold. WANT.
Pump to take water up to the top. I use water from the water store down the street. It tastes great, and FAR better than tap at our place, and the beer tastes great with it, so it's what I use. Just lifting the 5gal bottles up . . . well, I can do it, but SWMBO wants to help and there's no way. So that's on the list.
Quick-connect on the HLT to sparge arm - just for convenience.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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Dude, you really need to learn how to modify the tint in your pics.

But yeah, this project looks pretty interesting.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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Yeah, I know. Stupid cell phone. I'll pop them into Lightroom this evening, and get a decent "finished" pic.

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