A few months ago I posted this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/biab...h-pump-353869/
about building a BIAB rig. This week I finished the project. I’ve also built a 15.5 gallon kettle, mini-fridge ferm chamber, Monster Mill rig, and 75 ft. 3/8” wort chiller to go with the set up. This was my first endeavor with metal fabrication and I think it turned out pretty well. I’ll start with the parts list:
Frame: 60ft 2x2 .065 tube steel = $109.00
Sheet metal / all thread / steel bar = $10.00
Burner: Taken off my SQ-14 Bayou Classic = FREE
Hardware: Nuts, bolts, pop rivets = $30.00
Harbor Freight hand winch = 20.00
Pulleys = $10.00
Paint: Rust-Oleum Professional / High Temp paint = $25.00
Plywood = $20.00
Stain / Polyurethane = $20.00
Wheels = $10.00
March pump = $120.00
Stainless fittings = $80.00
TOTAL = $454.00
I also bought some tools along the way. The way I see it they are more of an investment than part of the total cost, but I’ll include them as well:
Harbor Freight 14” chop saw = $60.00
Harbor Freight 4.5” angle grinder = $20.00
Harbor Freight drill guide = $20.00
Harbor Freight welding gear (wire brush, 90 deg magnet, gloves, auto-darkening helmet) = $50.00
DeWalt 18v drill/driver = $99.00 (on sale at Lowes)
I’ll also list other tools that I already had, but are worth mentioning:
Flux-Core welder 115v
Levels, squares, tape measure, rulers
A nice set of high speed drill bits
Let get started with the build!
A Bayou Classic 15.5 Gallon kettle with basket. I added the valve and sight glass.
The monster 75’ chiller. I bought two 50 ft. sections and connected them with a compression fitting. A 50 ft. section was $50.00, and a 60 ft. section was $100.00. I bought the two 50’s and had some left over for a whirlpool tube.
The tube steel. From Spee-D-Metals, 20 minutes east of Cleveland, OH.
Making the initial cuts on the Harbor Freight chop saw. I know it’s a cheap saw, but it worked well and I didn’t have any issues.