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Old 02-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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I posted some pictures of my brew stand in the "show me your wood sculpture thread" and had a number of people request some more pictures and details. I don't have any pictures of the actual build because I did not have a camera during that time so these are only pictures of the finished stand. I tried to get pictures of anything I thought may be of interest to the readers of this post.

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Old 02-13-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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Here are some pics of the control panel

The green button upper left is main power to the panel
The blue buttons power the respective components directly above them (from left to right - PID for RIMS, temperature for cooled wort going thru CFC, timer)
The red buttons are the spark ignitors for the burners
The white button is the pump

Still need to get some stickers to label buttons and maybe a logo. Don't have a name yet though.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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If by "atypical" you mean FANTASTIC... then yes I agree.

Really nice man!
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Where did you get those push buttons? I ordered similar ones from auber but haven't hooked them up yet. Are they the same ones?
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
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Where did you get those push buttons? I ordered similar ones from auber but haven't hooked them up yet. Are they the same ones?
I got them off ebay from a place in china. Almost of of my electronics came from china because they are so much cheaper. We'll see how long they last, but so far so good
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Here is my gas hook ups

1st picture is just gas line from tank to hard piping

2nd & 3rd pictures are a view of the back side of the valves. They are the same kind you would find in a chem lab to use on a bunsen burner

4th picture is my burner. I used the cut out from the top of the keg as a heat shield and it works great. As you can see the propane tank is underneath the burner and it does't even get warm to the touch

The last picture is of my keg supports. I welded them out of old bed frames and made little tabs that support it of the wood frame. The heat transfer is minimal and the wood barely gets warm. Also, the wood surrounding the burner does get a little warm but not above what is comfortable to touch. I was concerned a little before I first used it, but it has worked out well. Plus I don't leave it alone when I am brewing.

By the way, I can't figure out how to write captions between the pictures so I have to list everything in the beginning. Any help?
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That thing is awesome.

But let me guess you have no kids or your wife makes you sleep in the garage.

jk that must have taken a lot of time.
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That thing is awesome.

But let me guess you have no kids or your wife makes you sleep in the garage.

jk that must have taken a lot of time.
Actually I have 4 kids and my wife prefers me to sleep in bed. She can't sleep if I'm not home. It took me a year but that is because 1) I was in school full time for most of the build and part time the rest 2) my family likes when I interact with them 3) I had been working out of town a lot and was only home for maybe a day or two at a time. I would guess if I had to put a actual build time it would be 2-3 weeks
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Here is how my CFC is hooked up. By the way, it is 25' long with 3/8" OD copper inside and works really well

1st picture CFC is mounted underneath burner on right side. I ran a piece of 3" pvc through the middle and on the top is a grate that I screw to the wooden frame and on the bottom is a toilet flange to keep it from sliding off

2nd picture shows all the connections going through the side to the exterior

3rd picture is how they look on outside of stand. Left connector is where the cooled wort comes out. Middle connector is where the cold water goes in. Left connector is where the warmed water comes out. All the connectors are quick connects from Lowes in the garden hose section. They have not leaked at all so far so I am happy.

4th picture is of my temperature probe that displays the temp on my control panel. I just drill a hole in the brass elbow, cut a rubber grommet in half and stuck the probe through that. The fit was really tight and doesn't leak at all

Last picture is the inside of the elbow and the little silver dot is the end of the probe. It sticks into the elbow about 3/4" so it registers the temp really accurately
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This is the mash tun which is a bottom drain. I just cut the real bottom out of the keg and turned it upside down. I use a RIMS tube so I didn't have to worry about firing the mash tun.

2nd picture is the false bottom. I made it of a pizza pan that already had the holes in it. I cut it down in diameter and then in half and put the hinge on it so I could fold it enough to get it through the opening in the keg.

3rd picture shows the little stand offs I put on the false bottom to help support the weight of the grain.

4th pictures is just the false bottom in the mash tun

Last picture is the bottom of the mash tun and the connection to my plumbing. I believe it is a 2" tri-clover to 1/2" male
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