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Old 05-07-2011, 03:45 AM   #1
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The inspiration - Blichmann's Top Tier system (Approx $700+ as pictured)
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The result - A homemade 3-tier system made of scrap wood, some adjustable brackets, and casters ($32)

A little scrap wood
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Built the center of the system with a left over 6x6. It was intended to be a column for the front of our house but only used the top 4 feet of it. There was a 45 degree angle on each side that was perfect for mounting the shelving brackets with some spacers behind. Also added some casters to make moving it around the garage a little easier. The style of the shelving brackets allows me to adjust if my system changes it the future.
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Added some shelves made out of some leftover 3/4" MDF.
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Here's the end result with the HLT, MLT and brew kettle/burner in place. Not too shabby for a couple evenings worth of work (had no blueprints/plans aside from the ones in my head or it probably would have taken half the time).
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The brackets are supposed to be rated at 250lb when used in pairs...not sure if I buy that. I'll find out when I test it out tomorrow
I have some leftover wood that I could use to build some supports if need be.

If this thing works and doesn't warp to hell, I'll eventually install another tier for another burner as well as a pump to get my sparge water up to the HLT.


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Old 05-07-2011, 03:52 AM   #2
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Looking good! It takes very little moisture to cause MDF to disinegrate, so I'd get a few coats of something on that ASAP to help waterproof it.


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Old 05-07-2011, 05:39 AM   #3
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Hey this looks great!

How well has the wood held up considering the burner is directly on it?
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:42 AM   #4
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Looking forward to the reading the results!
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:58 PM   #5
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Looking good! It takes very little moisture to cause MDF to disinegrate, so I'd get a few coats of something on that ASAP to help waterproof it.
yeah, I'm thinking I'm going to paint or varnish it to seal the mdf. The center structure is cedar so not worried about that.

I'm going to try brewing with it today. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Mashed in and currently heating my sparge water. This was the first time I used the 10 gallon cooler and had forgotten to check the seal on the brass valve :doh:. Ended up with a fair amount of water on the shelf...started to warp ever so slightly before I could get it cleaned up. I definitely need to seal it.

So far it appears to handle the weight just fine. I'm planning on IPA tomorrow with a 16 lb grain bill so we'll see how she fairs then.

Aside from the extra 45 minutes it took to fix the valve and get the water back up to temp brew day is going well. Gorgeous outside.
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Very nice! How do you get the heated water up to your HLT? Just lift the whole thing up there or is there a pump or something?
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Very Kewl!
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single batch sparging right now. I've got the top cooler emptying just fast enough to keep a little water above the grain bed.
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Very nice! How do you get the heated water up to your HLT? Just lift the whole thing up there or is there a pump or something?
I just hoisted it up there standing on the step stool. Since I'm currently only doing 5 gallon batches I figure I'd only ever have 4 to 5 gallons to lift which isn't that bad.

If this thing works out I'll eventually install a pump to take the water from the kettle up to HLT.


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