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Coastarine 10-12-2008 12:36 AM

It has been a good day...
SWMBO let me hang a shelf for my glassware in the dining room next to the door that leads out to the keezer:mug::

AND I bought the materials for this:

And all I had to do was buy her diamond earrings:D. This is why she likes my brewing hobby. I've trained her such that she gets excited when I buy brewing equipment because it means she gets a present too. Or is it "she has trained me"...I get those mixed up...

Usually the present isn't nearly that big, like candy or flowers, but she's been looking at these earrings for a while and they went half price plus another 5% military discount.

Homercidal 10-13-2008 04:00 PM

Sucker! Brewing I can understand. Jewelery, except for very special occasions, is just worthless.

Chad 10-13-2008 04:03 PM


Because she'll pretty much have to.


Coastarine 10-13-2008 06:42 PM


Originally Posted by Chad (Post 894099)
Because she'll pretty much have to.

This is no joke.


I'm taking a lunch break from working on the brew stand as I type this. It's going to be looking pretty nice by the end of the day. Pics to follow.

Coastarine 10-13-2008 10:00 PM

I swear this stuff is at least as much fun as actually drinking the beer...

Not bad considering it has only been two days since pencil touched paper.

There is going to be a shelf level with the kettle for the propane and chiller, and one level with the cooler as a work space for laptop/ingredients/cold one.

I bought an RV water supply hose in light of the recent thread on using a garden hose, and also a barb T and two ball valves. The hose will be a part of the stand so that opening one valve will fill the HLT and opening the other valve will run the chiller. Low tech compared to some of the crazy stuff you guys have done but I think it is going to be nice for sure.

Next I think I'll get a 60qt kettle. The on you see there leaks a little when I turn the flame up.:cross:

hopsalot 10-13-2008 10:48 PM

how much did the materials cost and where did you find the materials?

Coastarine 10-13-2008 11:23 PM

I've been buying the stuff at lowe's.

It has been two shopping trips now and both totaled just under $200. I've been buying some unrelated items too, so we'll call it $350. That includes the fittings and hose for the plumbing, the fasteners, and the steel. I made the mistake of buying fine thread cap screws on the first trip so that probably cost me a few unnecessary bucks.

That doesn't include the cost of the new kettle, another burner, the weldless fittings for the HLT, a step bit, cutting oil, etc. There are related costs and things that I've had to buy that aren't actually a part of the stand.

A few things I have left to buy that will be part of the stand: Sheet steel to block wind/shield the cooler, the boards for the shelves, and the wheels.

For anyone considering this, you can do it, this really isn't that tough and not that many tools are needed. By making the stand 24" wide I've been able to avoid enough cutting that I've done the rest of the cuts with a hacksaw. I've probably only needed to do about 6 cuts.

Coastarine 10-14-2008 03:08 AM

As I look at that now I realize I could easily lose a good bit of the steel sticking up by the HLT there since it isn't really doing anything for me at all, but I might rig up two coat hangers onto the pot handles and the cart for a little insurance. Nothing like having 5 gallons of 180 F water hanging over your head.

Spyk'd 10-14-2008 06:16 AM

I knew Erector Sets had value!

Er....I wouldn't runoff into a trash can tho...

Jes me...


Orfy 10-14-2008 06:45 AM

Looking good.

That's a nice work area you have there. Is it the permenant brewery location?

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