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Old 07-12-2011, 06:33 PM   #11
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Well as you can see from the pictures there is a steam sink, wash sink and large two door refrigerator with overhead shelves and bakers rack. My plan was use the steam sink area for my burners. Convert wash sink to secondary mash lauter tun and remove shelf behind bakers rack. I was starting to see that to make this happen there would be a lot of welding and I could not afford to be at someone else’s mercy. It was then I decided it was worth investing in a welding machine so I purchased a new Miller 211 mig with all the goodies “also inspired from HBT”. Now I not only was going head first into a all grain brewing and building a large brew system blind but also into welding stainless……Oh Boy…I was so excited I could hardly sleep. First welding project was the false bottoms and then the perforated rack around the burners. I learned allot as I went along and slowly made progress many grinding discs later. I used BG-14 low pressure propane burners and Honeywell Smart Valves with intermittent hot surface ignition and pilot. I chose this set up as the Smart Valve has the ignition module integrated onto it and controls the entire firing sequence simply by applying 24VAC. This simplified the automation and was less cluttered than a separate ignition module. The next thing was a rack that supports the kegs made from 1” SS tubing 1/8” thick. I used ¼” SS rod to make pegs that stand up inside the keg rim to keep it centered on the burners and avoid accidentally knocking the kegs off the rack. There are also pegs going into perforated rack around the burners holding everything in place. One of my goals was to fasten all modifications for easy break down and without cutting or welding anything permanently to the table. Here are some picture before.


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Old 07-12-2011, 06:45 PM   #12
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Default Brew Station Modifications - Burners

Used off the shelf (no pun intended) shelf braces to mount burners to existing elevated rack in steam sink. Used the perforated SS 1/8” hole on 1/8” centers to make an surround to keep stuff from falling down around the burners and also to let air in for proper combustion. Backed it with a welded SS frame made from 1” X 1 ½” angle and 1” round pipe. This also was designed to hold the entire weight of the filled kegs because it backs the rack that the kegs sit on.


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Old 07-12-2011, 06:47 PM   #13
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Omg! Want!

Nice work man! I wish I had the time and space for something that nice. I can't wait to see more pictures.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:57 PM   #14
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Wow. Impressive setup.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:24 PM   #15
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Default Brew Station Modifications - Support Rack and Sink False Bottom

Next I constructed a support rack out of 1"X1"X1/8” Square SS tubing that serves three functions. First it displaces weight to strategic support points to support the full vessel’s across both sinks, second it raised the vessel’s to the perfect height for complete combustion and maximum heat transfer to kegs and third it has ¼” rod welded up and down holding the vessel’s in place behind the lower rim and holds the entire rack in place with rod going down into Burner surround. The entire rack has SS handles and can be lifted up and removed without any disassembly for breakdown and cleaning. For the sink false bottom I made another frame out of 1” X 1 ½” SS angle and welded the same 1/8” perforated metal I used for my other false bottoms. The sink is approx 16 gallon capacity above the false bottom and has about 3 gallon capacities below. This is for future use when I plan to do double batches. I will use the sink drain and faucet for In/Out adapting to ½” Cam locks and relocating to front of brew station.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:01 PM   #16
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Omg! Want!

Nice work man! I wish I had the time and space for something that nice. I can't wait to see more pictures.
Thank You for your kind words...I will post more tomorrow

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Old 07-12-2011, 08:08 PM   #17
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Way cool build.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:27 PM   #18
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This thing looks amazing. Keep posting.
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:02 PM   #19
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Incredible man just ...wow... I need to learn how to weld lol
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holy hell batman!


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