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Old 08-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
bsomogyi
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Hey everyone. After many hours of drooling over some of the DIY Single tier systems on this site, I have decided to start building my own. It is inspired by the many projects and ideas on this forum. I'm going to build a 3 pump design like JonW; I just like the simplicity the extra pump provides. Been working on the stand for about a month now. Stay tuned for more updates.

Getting three kegs from a local brewery at $10 each inspired me to start the project. I was on the waiting list for 3 months.
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/...i/IMG_0131.jpg

First Keg is cut



All three kegs with lids.



Welded in couplers for bottom valves.



Picked up the steel for the stand. Decided to go with 2x2x.109 It will be bomb proof.



Stand is welded and cleaned up.




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Old 08-05-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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Kegs and the stand.



Cleaned up one keg. What a pain in the %$@! Labor of love I guess.



Got banjo burners in and fabricated mounts.



Turned out pretty good. Adjustable from 3.5" up to melt the bottom of the kettle off.



All the kegs are now polished.



Gas Lines are in:



Burner Test



Close up of Gas valves.



Fabricated a control panel arm.








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Old 08-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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That's coming along nicely. Kegs look especially awesome

Are you going with low pressure or high pressure gas?

Cheers!

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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Looking good, are you gonna be using the bcs 460 like jonW? I just finished painting my stand today, what kind of gas valves are those?

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #5
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I'm using high pressure propane. Was going to go with NG, but decided otherwise. The valves are solenoid valves that jonW used. I can post the link if you can't find it in his thread. I also decided to design a control panel instead of using the BCS. I like the mechanical idea of pushing buttons and didn't want to have to network the stand if I took it away from home.

I'm painting soon. Gotta finish the control panel mount today.

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by day_trippr
That's coming along nicely. Kegs look especially awesome

Are you going with low pressure or high pressure gas?

Cheers!
Thanks! Kegs were a pain and the polishing compound made quite the mess.

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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Thanks! Kegs were a pain and the polishing compound made quite the mess.
Ahahaha! Yeah, been there, discovered that, and it took me a couple of days to wash the fine grey/black coating off everything in my work shop.

If you could post a link for those valves - or the jonW build thread if that has the same info - I'd appreciate it.

I don't see a pilot or an ignition system. How are you going to inspire fire to happen?

Cheers!

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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This is the link to the valves I purchased.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-Brass-El...#ht_2096wt_907

Here is the jonW thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/sing...ed-rig-204705/

As for fire. I'm planning to use bbq ignitors. My plan is to fire the bbq ignitors off of time delayed SSR's for several seconds when the solenoid valves get opened for gas. I think the time delayed SSRs will work, but I haven't figured that all out yet. I have somewhat of a plan, but it changes daily.

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:12 PM   #9
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Looking very nice! keep us updated on your progress.

 
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:39 AM   #10
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Looking great fellow CO brewer! looking forward to updates with more pics!



 
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