Server Rack Brew Stand - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Brew Stands > Server Rack Brew Stand

Thread Tools
Old 10-26-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
Mar 2008
Pottstown, Pa
Posts: 2,448
Liked 134 Times on 101 Posts

I am scoring a free server rack tomorrow. I want to convert it to a brew stand. Just wondering if anyone has done this before and has any pics. I searched and did not turn up much. A few references, but no pics. I think the materials are strong enough. Thinking I will lay it down, add some casters, add some beams for the keggles and a way to hold the burners.

Thoughts. I will add some pics tomorrow.
My E-Herms

My hop stopper

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 02:27 AM   #2
ReeseAllen's Avatar
Sep 2009
Posts: 368
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

While you are taking pictures, take some measurements of the structural components of the rack. How thick is the steel?

Also, what kind of weight does this thing normally support? How many servers, and how heavy are the servers?

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 09:35 AM   #3
Jun 2005
Surprise, AZ.
Posts: 1,488
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

I have 4 and use them for brew closets. I never thought of using one for a brew frame. Subscribed.
On Tap -
  1. 3 year old Oak Aged Bourbon Porter
  2. Irish Red Rye
  3. Robust Porter
  4. Russian Imperial Stout
  5. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Citra
  6. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Centennial
Primary - Nada
Secondary -
From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world. -- Saint Arnoldus

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 12:12 PM   #4
Feb 2010
Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,875
Liked 43 Times on 39 Posts

You going to water or air cool it?
__________________ - Brewin' and 'Quein' since last Tuesday.

Bottling the Belgian: A Photo Odyssey

Beer is the mind-killer. Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my beer. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. When the beer has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 12:14 PM   #5
Aug 2010
Douglassville, PA
Posts: 639
Liked 20 Times on 15 Posts just might work. Of course it would take some modding to mount the burners etc. btu I'd love to see the finished product.
...I'm back baby!!!!

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 12:52 PM   #6
Third Eye Pried Wide
whatsleftofyou's Avatar
Dec 2007
U.P. of MI
Posts: 640
Liked 16 Times on 16 Posts

A server rack will definitely support the weight (IT guy here) but are we talking about a 2-post or 4-post rack? A 2-post will definitely get tipsy unless you turn it on its side like you mentioned. Since you're talking about just tipping it and putting on some casters I assume that its a 4-post, which should work just fine.
My Bar Build
Primary: Sweet stout w/ pink peppercorns, Kriek, American Brown
Secondary: American Barleywine
On Tap: Pumpkin Spice Ale, Coffee Blonde, Belma APA
Bottled: PB&J Sweet Stout, Rhubarb Berliner Weisse

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 06:13 PM   #7
SweetSounds's Avatar
Jan 2010
Des Moines, Iowa
Posts: 1,425
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts

I've got (2) for post racks, with 3 of these in each one

Fully loaded, that's 1350 pounds. I think you'll be fine
Originally Posted by Ecnerwal View Post
What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 07:30 PM   #8
hoppysailor's Avatar
May 2009
Posts: 134
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Server racks are built to be upright when loaded. You can probably make it work if you tip it sideways but will most likely need to add some reinforcement.
Mountain View Brewery

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 07:49 PM   #9
nebben's Avatar
Nov 2008
Now legal in Utah
Posts: 1,145
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts

Server racks are generally pretty tough. I've got 7 in my office, and they hold 42U. Each U could potentially be a 30 pound server.

What would be kickass would be to get a crappy old server and just put your burner on top of that, with sliding rails and everything

Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2010, 08:06 PM   #10
Jul 2010
Posts: 81
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Have a coworker who took a rack home to modify for brewing. He cut a hole in the top where the fan/exhaust holes were and mounted a burner. Then below that he has a small shelf on rails that holds his cooler MLT and at the bottom he has another burner mounted for his BK. He then pumps the wort to his ferminator so he never has to life anything. Pretty slick set up I hope to mimick when I go AG. Weight shouldn't be an issue, storage arrays weigh a TON!

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My DIY brew stand DarthCaitSith Brew Stands 13 10-06-2010 01:52 PM
Brew Stand Help Otiluke Brew Stands 6 09-21-2010 02:21 AM
Brew stand Layne Brew Stands 3 03-04-2010 01:34 PM
Need some help with my Brew Stand... Please. ThePearsonFam Brew Stands 7 05-25-2009 04:06 PM
PVC Brew Stand mjbernier Brew Stands 15 05-02-2007 06:31 PM

Forum Jump