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Old 07-11-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
horseinmay
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Here are a couple pics of my new brewstand. My friend Jeremy helped me design and assemble it, and I think it turned out really well.
I still have to put on the wheels, and plan on doing some permanent electrical and plumbing on this baby. When it's complete, I hope to wheel it out of the garage, and then just plug in a hose, extension cord, and propane tank and let 'er rip.

The HLT will be heated with a bucket heater. It takes a long time, but it works. I usually set it up the night before with a timer and wake up to a kettle full of water ready to brew with.

The diagonal brace makes the bottom deck more open, and looks pretty cool if you ask me.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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nice job.

good luck with your brewing, next is a draft tower, perhaps?
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:05 PM   #3
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The next project will be to attach a minifridge to my fermentation cooler so I don't have to exchange any more jugs of ice. It will be a dual temp box that I can ferment in and serve out of.

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:33 PM   #4
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Nice. I am mentally preparing for a similar build. About how heavy would you say it is without the equipment? Also, I might be concerned about overheating the wood under the turkey fryer. I have scorched many a wooden decks in my days..

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:55 PM   #5
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Nice looking rig, now get to brewing


 
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
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Nice. I am mentally preparing for a similar build. About how heavy would you say it is without the equipment? Also, I might be concerned about overheating the wood under the turkey fryer. I have scorched many a wooden decks in my days..
It is definitely less than 50# without the gear on it. I had a line on free 2x4's so that's what I built it out of. A lot of thought went into slimming it down and keeping it light. 2x4 construction tends to be really bulky, and it can definitely hold as much weight as I could ever put on it.
I'm not too worried about the wood scorching, since my burner is low pressure. I can stand right next to it and it doesn't scorch my legs.

 
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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So I finally got around to brewing on my new wooden stand. Everything went smoothly and no children were scalded in the process. I have an 18 month old that very much wants to see what all this homebrew business is about. She'll learn it all in good time. On to the pictures. . . .
1. The brewstand. I squeezed it into a tight spot on the patio so it would be out of the way. Right next to the water supply.
2. Closeup of the brewstand and the gear. I still need to mount the pump.
3. Some implements and my Mash tun manifold. Just a copper whip with holes punched in it.
4. Inside of the HLT. Heated with a 1000W bucket heater on a timer. I set it so that the strike water is ready when I wake up on the weekend to brew.
5. The fermentation chamber with my beer tucked away. That's a 1/2" silicon tube on the gas post for a blowoff. I just take the poppet out so it can flow freely. I need to seal this up better and hook up a minifridge to keep it cool.
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