It was fun brewing with slipperypick yesterday. While he hasn't brewed all-grain yet, he has done a lot of research and is very knowledgeable about the whole process.
He was busy in the morning and didn't make it over until I was just about to recirculate the mash. He was able to observe my process of lautering (fly sparge) cleaning out the mash tun, boil, whirlpool, knock out, and cleaning my counter flow chiller.
He seemed to be intrigued with the idea of have a brew frame that has everything you need to brew in one place. The rig took me some time to plan and build, but it makes a very easy and no stress brew day.
Here is a link to my posts about the first brew I made on my brew frame :
There are plenty of pictures of the build and how I use it.
slipperypick was present for my 7th brew on the rig. I haven't had to do much to it since the 1st brew. Earlier in the day I noticed that one of the ball valves on the kettle was leaking a bit. I pulled it apart, cleaned it out and reassembled it. I guess I didn't tighten it enough because it still leaked once heat was applied to the kettle. I grabbed my 1/2" box end wrench and nutdrive and tightened it up some more and all was well.
For YooperBrew who requested some more brew porn, here is a shot of the brewframe resting on my deck between brews:
Here are some gratuitous shots of a couple of beers I made with this rig.
This is a very nice, light Blonde Ale.
Total ingredient cost for a full 5 gallon keg was $14.71
OG: 1.038 FG: 1.012 16 IBU 3.38% ABV 5 SRM
This next one is what I served to slipperypick.
More of an Amber Ale than a Pale Ale.
OG: 1.050 FG:1.014 37 IBU 4.7% ABV 14 SRM
This one cost $26.00 for a full 5 gallon keg due to higher malt bill and more hops.