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Old 09-11-2012, 04:36 PM   #31
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Yes please...

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Old 09-11-2012, 04:47 PM   #32
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I spent a few hours putting the brewery to be back together after painting the stand last night. I'm getting very close to the first real brew day on the full setup now. Never mind the remaining insulation and drywall that needs to be done in the garage.. that can wait!



Fully painted stand, in position and ready for action.


New boil kettle ready for its first brew. Once I get the new MLT cut and drilled, I'll remove these fittings and polish this one at the same time. The return port uses a 45º elbow to create a 'straight out' cam lock connection off to the side. This is another idea I pilfered from JonW (though others have done it). I really like the way the hoses connect in this configuration, and the kettle has a balanced look to it with the sight glass at the opposing 45º position.


Inside the boil kettle. I went with Jaybird's excellent false bottom and stand in here, so that I can use free range hops. Looking forward to trying this out and ditching the hop bag/spider, though I will likely still use them for pellet hopps when I use them (I prefer whole leaf if have the option).


Curing the paint (round 2.) I put a few inches of water in each pot and cranked up the heat to cure the paint as described above (see the heat gun picture.) The flat bottom kettle worked well for this, but the keggle seemed to have concentrated the heat too much on the 'ring' where it contacts the stand, causing some paint to scratch and burn off. Only a few very small spots and not a big deal, but I was a little disappointed to have lost some paint already before even brewing on it. It looks like I'll need to keep a can of this stuff handy for touch ups.


That's it for now. More updates to come! Thanks for your kind words and questions.

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Old 09-11-2012, 05:20 PM   #33
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So are you planning to grow hops in that trellis area or is that for something else? I gotta give you major credit, you seem to have covered all angles and I am super jealous.

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Old 09-11-2012, 05:33 PM   #34
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Wow, I'm kind of stunned, barhoc11. I had never considered growing hops there. We haven't decided what to grow on it yet, but hops hadn't even entered the conversation. I have a small hop trellis on the south wall of my house, but this new spot would be perfect for it. The only challenge would be keeping the different varieties separated. I should be able to grow at least 3 varieties on this trellis though. And with that, I proclaim that Hops will be grown on this trellis. I owe you a beer.

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Old 09-11-2012, 06:12 PM   #35
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Wow, I'm kind of stunned, barhoc11. I had never considered growing hops there. We haven't decided what to grow on it yet, but hops hadn't even entered the conversation. I have a small hop trellis on the south wall of my house, but this new spot would be perfect for it. The only challenge would be keeping the different varieties separated. I should be able to grow at least 3 varieties on this trellis though. And with that, I proclaim that Hops will be grown on this trellis. I owe you a beer.
No problem, I just thought even if its one variety it would look good and serve a real purpose as well. Good luck with everything
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #36
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It's a valid question. I went back and forth with my contractor on this. It's only 19' wide, and we get very little snow here. We ended up going with a ridge pole design to open up the ceiling instead of using trusses. The rafters do have rafter ties where they meet the ridge pole.

Code (at least here) requires anything over 32' wide to use trusses. I'm not an architect or an engineer, but I feel pretty confident in the integrity of this design.
Hey if it's code it should work...It looks very nice !

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:05 PM   #37
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Thanks, Lehr. I just checked out your rig (and other fabrication work) - inspirational!!

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Old 09-12-2012, 01:42 AM   #38
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subscribed. One day I will have my own.

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Wow my dream garage your my inspiration to have one sooner then later

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