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Old 02-18-2011, 04:29 AM   #1
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Default Stainless sink/table brew stand

I was going to buy a brew stand. Then I decided to build one. Then I decided to have one built by someone with skills and knowledge. THEN, I came across this on craigslist. It's 10 feet long and 28 inches deep. The thing that sold me was the fact that I had already planned to incorporate a sink into my brew stand design. I sat down with a welder and he said it would be easy to cut holes in the top and mount burners. The owner said he can jump up onto it and walk around without a problem. I'm going to check it out tomorrow and if all goes well I'll throw $200 at him and run with it. Any thoughts?


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Old 02-18-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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Do a search on this forum, there's a guy who converts those to brewstands. IIRC, he uses the sink well as the mash tun (although maybe that's what you meant by incorporating the sink in your design). Then you only need two vessels. Pretty slick - I'd say go for it.


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Old 02-18-2011, 06:50 AM   #3
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Using the sink as a mash tun is a good idea but I already have a coleman xtreme for that. I wanted to have a sink in my brew stand because I want access to water (and a large sink) while I'm brewing. Right now I'm using the tiny sink in my basement wet bar for everything and it's just not doing the job - especially when washing kegs and carboys. I'm perticular about washing everything the right way and I constantly have a gang of beer glasses to wash so that giant sink will save a TON of time.
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So this is what I ended up with. I tested it today and wanted to get 5 gallons up to a boil. When I lit the burner, the flame came out from around the pot (second picture) and also from below the wind shield (third picture). The flame came out of the bottom so strong that it lit the propane just inside the air adjustment valve and it scared the crap out of me. The flame was barely on so this is brew stoppage until I figure it out. The fourth picture is to show that the burner sits about 3 1/2 inches from the surface.

Should I lower the burner or raise the pot?
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Turn down the burner before you light it, be sure to adjust the oxygen intake. Those things have way more power than you will need.
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I would do what scuba steve said and also raise the pot about 1.5 inches. The flame needs to exhaust, raising it will let it vent. Also,by doing that, I'll bet your sink table will be tons cooler. Still hot but not branding iron hot. Thats what I had to do in order to keep my powder coat from melting. My lifting blocks are welded now. The bottom of my keggle is 4.5 inches from the flame as a reference. Also, the banjo flame on mine shoots up about 1.5 inches, blue with a hint of orange at the tip. Thats perfect for me on a boil. My mash tun I lower to 1/2 or so. Basically a simmer. I'm interested to know how this turns out, keep us updated.
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The gas was barely on when I lit it. Then I turned it up and adjusted it until I had a blue flame that was high enough to brew with. The flame was lit for over a minute before it lit the gas just inside the oxygen intake. The only way I could keep the flame from coming out of the bottom really bad was to turn it down to the point where it would go out if I blew on it. I called the welder and he thinks we should raise the pot a little so the flame has somewhere else to go besides out the bottom. I was looking forward to brewing the girlfriend's IPA tonight and I really don't want to go back to the turkey fryer set I've been using.
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Oh the flame doesn't shoot out the side. Distance does help. Only the rippled heat exhaust comes out the sides.
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Raise it up with something. Also, My banjos seem to work with the metal plate on the back adjust to show about 3/8-1/2 of opening into the burner it self, the rest showing metal.
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Your gas seems to be swirling underneath your kettle, it needs exhaust. Again, raise it up and I think you will be suprised at the difference.


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