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Old 05-21-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Single Tier Brew Rig Build Under Way!

A few months ago a friend and I decided to start all grain brewing so I joined this site. A few months have passed and while we have still not brewed our first batch, we are getting close. Initial plans were to buy one large kettle and a few buckets, but after reading through the threads I quickly decided that we needed to go big or go home. After much reading, we decided to model our build off of nicksteck's design with a few mods. We lowered the overall height a bit and also dropped the rear longitudinal support 2 inches to help draw the exhaust from the burners to the rear of the stand. We also built it large enough to accommodate 55 gallon kettles in the future. My Uncle is a welder and helped us weld the stand together. Here are the initial drawings of the stand...


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Old 05-21-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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My high school shop teacher would ding you on the free hand, I say go with it. Looks good


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Old 05-21-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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Here are some pics of how it turned out. Thanks to my Uncle John for getting us this far. Stand should be dropped off tomorrow and we will sand it w/ 150 grit sand paper and then paint with RustOleum high heat paint.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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My high school shop teacher would ding you on the free hand, I say go with it. Looks good
Yea, I don't have the cad skills of many people on this site, but a ruler, pencil and some graph paper never let me down.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:48 PM   #5
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Yea, I don't have the cad skills of many people on this site, but a ruler, pencil and some graph paper never let me down.
Same here.. I am still work on labels after three years that look cool.

What size pot are you going?

That is a good size stand.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:08 AM   #6
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Bought 25 gallon Polarware kettles. The stand is large enough to accommodate the diameter of larger 55 gallon kettles so we won't to have to build a new one down the road. The kettles will rest entirely on the brackets and will not touch the frame of the stand. We will use a simple heat shield under the front of the kettles to protect the thermometers. We are using 10" BG14 burners and plan to plumb the system for NG.
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Boys like your beer.. nice set up with the NG.. black pipe hooked up to the house is the only way to run a gas rig, good luck with the brewing and cheers.
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A real man admits his mistakes, and hopefully others will learn form them. I did not take into account the .125" thickness of the steel when measuring for the brackets. This took away another .250" from the diameter of the burner area and the BG-14's were just a hair (.25" to be exact) too big to fit. Nothing a 6 ton bottle jack couldn't take care of though.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:49 AM   #9
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So we avoided that problem and here's what the burners look like installed.
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A real man admits his mistakes, and hopefully others will learn form them. I did not take into account the .125" thickness of the steel when measuring for the brackets. This took away another .250" from the diameter of the burner area and the BG-14's were just a hair (.25" to be exact) too big to fit. Nothing a 6 ton bottle jack couldn't take care of though.
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