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Old 11-04-2010, 01:42 PM   #11
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What were the costs to build with wood? What were were your dimensions?
I used 1/2" B/C plywood and framing 2x4's. Cost for wood and wood screws was about $35. I had some small nails I used to attach the plywood on hand. The paint (primer and interior/exterior latex) cost about $15.

Dimensions (if I remember right) are 60" long, 24" deep, and 20" high. The casters will add about 4", giving me a top deck 24.5" or so high.

I wanted it low for easy keggle access, but enough height to give me about 18" of drop to the pump.

 
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:48 PM   #12
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I built mine. Cost me about $100 for the 1.5" sq steel tubing. I'm getting it powder coated for $40.

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I also got my brew stand welded up this weekend...

Cutting the steel 1.5" x 1.5" steel tubing:


I made a model and drawing in Unigraphics NX beforehand, and that made the build go much smoother:


Welding the top frame:


C-clamps come in handy:


Try not to look directly into the arc...or my bald spot:


I designed and fabricated a method for holding my large counterflow chiller. Here's some of it in progress:


Works like a charm:




Here's the final mockup. I still need to get it powder coated and mount the pumps:





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1. American Pale Ale 2. Michigan IPL 3. Helles 4. Kentucky Common 5.[Nitrogen] Oat Blonde
Primary:
1. none 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none 6. none
Secondary:
1. Brett Ale 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none
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About 28 gallons of beer & 2.5 gallons of mead
Kegged & conditioning:
Rye Barrel aged DIPA, Helles, Kentucky Common

Current batch #: 227

 
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:40 PM   #13
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+1 on the stainless tables. I bought a 4' and a 5' for $150 on CL. I'm going to sell the 4' for $100 or so and recoup some of that = $50 stainless steel brew stand
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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!

 
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:12 PM   #14
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wood is sexier than stainless...
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:35 PM   #15
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What wire, size, and gas did you use for your stainless? I've got a mig setup but have never tried stainless with it.

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I built mine. Cost me about $100 for the 1.5" sq steel tubing. I'm getting it powder coated for $40.

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Old 01-17-2011, 04:47 PM   #16
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What wire, size, and gas did you use for your stainless? I've got a mig setup but have never tried stainless with it.

Thanks!
I used mild steel, not stainless. I can still try to find the welder settings if you want. I do remember that I used flux core instead of gas.

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On tap:
1. American Pale Ale 2. Michigan IPL 3. Helles 4. Kentucky Common 5.[Nitrogen] Oat Blonde
Primary:
1. none 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none 6. none
Secondary:
1. Brett Ale 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none
Bottled:
About 28 gallons of beer & 2.5 gallons of mead
Kegged & conditioning:
Rye Barrel aged DIPA, Helles, Kentucky Common

Current batch #: 227

 
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:18 PM   #17
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Looks great-I'm already set up for mild steel, but have wanted to try stainless. I've got 2 different recommendations for gas-one guy says trimix. I've already got Argon CO2 gas.

 
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:39 PM   #18
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For those of you with wood stands, what do you use for the top? Plywood? Anyone use laminate counters or anything else interesting?

 
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:35 AM   #19
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For 275 dollars out the door, this seems like a deal. 2 pump mounts and a control panel mount.
Just ordered mine. http://www.brewersequipment.com/elec...d_special.html

 
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:35 AM   #20
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For that price its worth going with SS...the maintenance on mild steel will cost the difference over a few years.....

 
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