Back in August, I started work on my brew stand. I'm doing one similar to Kal's build (http://theelectricbrewery.com/brew-stand
). Originally, I was actually planning to use propane/natuarl gas indoors, but the more I looked at electric builds the more I think it makes sense to use in the home vs a gas setup.
I Took some photos of the brew stand build, but not the level of detail that Kal shows. I modified my stand design somewhat:
- I found Kal's to be higher then I liked - I have fairly low ceilings in the cold room. My stand sits 24" off the floor.
- The bottom shelf would have interfered with the sump pump/plumming, so I eliminated that shelf altogether.
Here are a couple pics of the brew stand coming together. I borrowed a mitre saw to do all the cutting, what a great tool.
I forgot to keep my receipts for materials purchased, but my total for the lumber, nuts/bolts/washers/screws, stain, and polyurethane was in and around $200. Keep in mind I didn't price shop at all, just showed up at Lowes and purchased the parts. Nearly $100 was spent on the screws/nuts/bolts/washers alone.
I used the minwax ebony stain and mixnwax semi gloss polyurethane.
Here's some pics of the stand coming together
Test fitting the legs and the top shelf
Here are the finished ends
Here's the bench put together after one coat of stain. I was worried it wouldn't come out as dark as I'd hoped, but after a couple more coats, I was really happy with how it turned out. It has a really nice, rich, espresso/coffee like finish.
Test fit in the cold room - Perfect. As you can see, the sump pump is largely hidden by the brew stand, but still fairly accessible in case of an emergency. The stand does not interfere with any of the plumming going from the pump to outside.
That's 10 gallons of my Mill St. Tankhouse Ale clone conditioning on top of the stand.
Again, thanks to Kal for his documentation. Man is this thing ever tough!
Running Total: $200