Well after brewing for 1-2 years, my friend and I have decided to go in together and build our very own homebrewing rig. We thought it would be cool to open up a thread for people's entertainment as well as feedback and constructive criticism. If you feel like you have some input or questions please feel free to post!
We went through 4-5 personally made designs (3 tier, 2 tier, and finally single tier) on google sketchup. We were able to work out some kinks and decide what would be best to use. We went with a design that is single tier running off of two March 209 Center Inlet pumps with 3 BG-14 burners. We decided against the NG jet burners for a few reasons after reading many pages on this forum and other places. Our hope is to make a system in the long run that is completely automated and our actual setup allows for expansion up to a 55 gallon Brew Pot.
After buying 11 gauge tubular steel and having it cut, we took it to a local welder who did it for really cheap after some deals were cut. He did a fantastic job and I would recommend him to anyone in North TN or South KY. This is our schematic coming to life. Our "ground truth" made us alter our original schematic a little. Things always seem good on paper until you see the real thing.
We were ecstatic with the results so far.
Yesterday we mounted on the BG-14 burners from Agri-Supply. It is pretty neat seeing this thing come to life.
I will be posting further as we work on it and am open to suggestions. I will also be posting some side projects that we have been doing. Cheers to all!