My buddy and I started extract brewing about 6 months ago and we're bored with the simplicity of it, so we decided to start building our all grain stand one piece at a time. I'll be uploading pictures as we get this thing going.
Disclaimer: It probably won't be as cool as most of the stands that a lot of you guys have but hey, its ours and we think its pretty cool.
My purpose of this thread is to show how we're progressing as hobby brewers, but mostly to get tips and suggestions from you more experienced people on this site. If you see something we're doing wrong, let me know so I can make changes. Otherwise, enjoy!
Oh btw, this will probably take a long time since we're both fresh out of college and low on funds. So we're building this one piece at a time while money permits.
My parents got me this igloo cooler for Christmas for our mash tun:
Added the valves, false bottom and thermo-well. Thermometer in the thermowell only reads less then 1 degree off from a thermometer directly in the water.
Now the start of the stand build. I had a friend weld it up for me. Took him about 3 hours.
All welded up and ready to be painted.
Painted but drying
Our idea with the stand is that the upper two stands are for the first boil pot and mash tun and the lower stand is for the wort boil pot. We are running a pump from 1 to 2 and gravity feeding from 2 to 3. we will be building a higher stand for the mash tun to give it some room away from the heat source for the first boil pot and so we can gravity feed everything into the wort pot without having to move it. It will also be setup to take a burner on number 2 if we decide to go that route in the future.