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Old 11-14-2008, 11:09 PM   #1
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Well I don't have all the parts for my 3 tier setup, but I'll start this thread anyhow. Here's my first lame attempt at google sketchup. I figured, what better way to learn SketchUp than with a diagram of my 3 Tier Stand!




I need to purchase/build the following items:
Keggle for HLT (have copper for dip tube, and weldless ball valve)
(2) Thermometers - 1-2" for HLT, 1-6" for MLT
Bayou Classic SQ-14 for boil kettle (Will be using current turkey fryer for HLT)
Counterflow Chiller (will be building)

Should be a pretty straight forward setup. I have a water filter that connects to the hose, and that will feed the HLT. Then it's all downhill from there...literally. I've got my boil kettle setup with a SS ball valve and a Bazooka T Screen.

Any words of advice for a 3-tier noob?


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Old 11-15-2008, 12:50 AM   #2
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Looks good. I've been planning one out in my head, and realized the lowest tier isn't really necessary. Just put the burner on the ground. The other two tiers could then be lower as well. It would cut down on construction costs and how much space it takes up too.


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Old 11-15-2008, 04:43 AM   #3
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If your going to use gravity to drain the boil kettle it better be above the height of your fermentation vessel.
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If your going to use gravity to drain the boil kettle it better be above the height of your fermentation vessel.
yeah, I need to measure the height of the carboy shoulder of my 6.5g carboy, then subtract the height of the boil kettle valve. Then I'll figure out what the height of the bottom step should be, and just build up from there. I'm hoping to make each of the 3 tiers able to disconnect from the rest of the stand by using bolts, washers and wingnuts. That way it will be more portable and be more easy to put away.

Thanks for the advice and input. I've got another week or so before I'm going to start building it, and hoping I can get some good tips and advice. I plan on having everything done around the first of the year. everything outfitted with sight glasses, thermometers, and ball valves. woohoo! I don't know what I love more about homebrewing...the beer I make or the stuff it makes me want to build! Now if only SWMBO felt the same way...I guess it's time to make my citrus wheat beer again .
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You might want to consider raising your top tier a bit. If you ever decide to start flysparging, you'll want a bit of a drop to the MLT, and if you just batch sparge you'll still want a bit of a drop to make a pickup tube effective...Other than that it looks great!

PS if you're lifting your HLT or dumping into it, it would be cool to put some kind of fold down step on the backside to facilitate you getting up there. Plus it could double as a seat/shelf while you are brewing, depending on how wide you make it.
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Personally, I prefer the brew tree design. Compact footprint + less materials and construction complexity. Don't think you could do this with wood, though.

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Personally, I prefer the brew tree design. Compact footprint + less materials and construction complexity. Don't think you could do this with wood, though.

This was going to be my comment. I was torn between the idea of a tree vs. a tiered stand and came to the conclusion that I'd potentially go with a tree based on it's smaller footprint.
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I'm in the process of building one similar to this. It'll be for 10 gal.
http://slobrewer.com/wordpress/wp-co...lpture_001.jpg
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I'm in the process of building one similar to this. It'll be for 10 gal.
http://slobrewer.com/wordpress/wp-co...lpture_001.jpg

must be nice to have 3 boilermakers (I tell SWMBO that hose are the cadillacs of brew kettles, and she tells me to keep dreaming) looks real good
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http://slobrewer.com/wordpress/wp-co...lpture_001.jpg
That's a great looking 1550 clone! Did you fabricate it yourself?


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