I started work on my new brew rig. It's going to be a single tier, 3 pump, automated system constructed of stainless 2 inch square tubing. I'll be using 3 15 gallon Boilermakers. The MLT will be direct fired, and will run a constant recirculation. The BK will have a whirlpool return built in. I plan to add a convoluted copper CFC for chilling. Automation will come from a BCS-462 system; intermittent pilot furnace valves for the gas side, and motorized ball valves on the liquid side (inspired by JonW's build
). Heat will be provided by three banjo burners, and I'll be using black pipe for gas, not a "gas bar". I plan to use BobbyM's stainless polishing method to bring the whole thing to a mirror finish after it's complete.
This is a work in progress and I expect to be chipping away at it over the next several weeks to months, as time and budget allows. I have a wooden stand that I've been using for awhile that works great, so I am going to alternate weekends between brewing and building the new stand so there is no rush to get it done.
Many thanks to all the guys on here who have so generously answered questions about welding and metal-working, and to those who's build threads have inspired this whole project.
Lets get started.
Here's the design concept. I'm not good enough with sketch up to put in all the gas plumbing and liquid plumbing. This was just to help me visualize the frame before cutting any metal.
I ordered my steel from a local supplier who had a great price on 11 gauge, 2" square stainless. I had to buy 60ft, as they only sold it in 20ft sticks. I figure I will use the leftover to make a cool stainless stand for my mill or something.
Here's everything except the small 45 degree pieces cut: