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Old 07-28-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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here are some pics from the brew stand we made today. its not completely finished yet. we still need to mount the burners and run the propane lines. all the metal we used for this was free someone was throwing it out and we picked it up and made a brew stand with it.

soon we will be starting out 15 gallon batches of beer

right now we have an Oktoberfest and Scottish Ale in the fermenters. Tomorrow we will be brewing a Imperial Pale Ale.

good times ahead!

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Old 07-29-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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I would be concerned about the weight along with the heat. That may pose a problem in the future..What size steel is that?
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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Agree. That looks like some really thin slotted angle. If it's what I'm thinking it is, it's probably not going to be able to support that much weight... Hot weight too.

 
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
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Not too sure I would count on getting a 15 gallon batch - most kegs are 15.5 gallons. But of course, a fun project!

 
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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pretty sure the weight will be fine. we added braces to the back of it to be sure, but of course there is only one way to tell and thats brew

not sure what size of steel it is but it seems pretty robust.

it was all free, so if it breaks, then we will make something better. just a fun project.

 
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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...so if it breaks, then we will make something better. just a fun project.
The concern is if it breaks and dumps 10+ gallons of 200F liquid where you're brewing. Someone could get seriously injured. At the very least I'd add some vertical posts in the middle to provide better support. That span looks too long for angle iron especially when you don't know the gauge. I'd also add some pieces at 45 degrees on the corners to make it more rigid.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #7
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Uni-strut isn't thick enough (14Ga) to support that much weight. At 8 Lbs per gallon and all three full you have a bunch of liquid weight plus the kegs. I would definately put a set of legs in the middle and a shelf below to stiifen the overall structure. As a former welder/fabricator it looks good, but needs a bit more support before you add heat and fire to the equation. Looks good though and is an excelent start on a great machine build, keep the pics coming.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #8
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I'd be really careful about just jumping in and using that. That slotted uni strut will not hold all that weight, and will weaken when heated. That whole get up will get hot when you put burners on it, which is even more additional weight to the struts.

Just because it's free, doesn't mean it'll work. Be careful with it, 220* of boiling wort spewing everywhere when the thin unistrut fails will not be a pretty sight.

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I'd be really careful about just jumping in and using that. That slotted uni strut will not hold all that weight, and will weaken when heated. That whole get up will get hot when you put burners on it, which is even more additional weight to the struts.

Just because it's free, doesn't mean it'll work. Be careful with it, 220* of boiling wort spewing everywhere when the thin uni-strut fails will not be a pretty sight.
I agree folks.. that will not hold the weight. I would put center posts between each keggle at least.

That galvanized when heated will bend like butter IMO.

 
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:05 PM   #10
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Good luck with your 3rd degree burn goals of 2012, smurphy74133

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