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Old 12-14-2010, 12:28 PM   #1
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So I had this idea as I was falling asleep yesterday:

I have two 7.5 kettles, one outdoor propane burner, and a soon-to-be-converted-to-a-mashtun orange cooler. I do not however own a house, or own a brew stand.

I decided to use my insanely impressive MS Paint skills to sketch up what I thought would be a possible way to brew all grain 5 gallon batches in my rented garage, by using only what I have (with a few mods). Here are the incredibly detailed and accurate pictures, as a step-by-step:









Step 4.5: Boil. I would also be building an IC to cool the wort after flameout, before moving to step five.



The "pulley system" is actually a deer hanger (only 10 bucks each). If anything I could buy two for the BK and MT separately.


What do the pros think?

Possible?

I think if I could do it, it would be easily portable to any garage... which would be nice. And when I do buy a house in a year or two, I can move it there easily until I build a real stand.

I could just build a brew stand too, but I thought this was a cool idea.

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Old 12-14-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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I think you are either asking for a huge mess or to severely burn yourself.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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I think you are either asking for a huge mess or to severely burn yourself.
Agreed. this seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:28 PM   #4
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MetallHed - you could use a very sturdy ladder (think scaffolding) for a sturdy base.

Why not use Metro Shelving (or equivalent). Metro brand shelving is heavy duty, some shelves hold 300+ pounds without bowing.

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...metro+shelving

 
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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or just built a single tier brew stand that takes up not a lot of space and is safer and probably wont be that much more expensive in the long run.

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MetallHed - you could use a very sturdy ladder (think scaffolding) for a sturdy base.

Why not use Metro Shelving (or equivalent). Metro brand shelving is heavy duty, some shelves hold 300+ pounds without bowing.

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...metro+shelving
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:37 PM   #6
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I think you are either asking for a huge mess or to severely burn yourself.
Yeah, that diagram made my butt draw up.

I don't even like to use gravity in a multi-tier stand.

Pumps keep you dry and un-burnt.


 
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:54 PM   #7
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I don't think it's hard to avoid burning yourself without a pump. I think your system would fine, but would personally prefer some way to stabilize the kettles once that high. Perhaps build a single tall shelf that you could lift the pot onto with the pulley and rest it on before making any transfers. This is of course assuming a lot of head space in the pots when lifting. I wouldn't be doing this with a pot more than 3/4 full.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:24 PM   #8
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You can do this. I'm sure it will work. Would I do it? No. Would I do my best to talk you out of it? Yes. After water gets to about 170F, all it can think about is scalding you. I don't care how careful you are, there are too many variables. You don't have to go "traditional", just get some metal or wood under that hot water. Luck - Dwain

 
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:36 PM   #9
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:37 PM   #10
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has been done before on here.

 
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