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Old 01-14-2009, 12:40 AM   #1
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Well, I've been doing some serious thinking about space, repeatability, and the overall process of my brew day. A friend of mine has the ability to get me some steel tubing at or below cost. Since I already have a March Pump and I'm having good luck with batch sparging (80% efficiency on average) I'm going to start a single tier build. I will outline absolutely everything for this build including the wiring of EACH component, installation, cut sheet for the steel, and I will make a running count on cost. FYI- I do get a lot of fittings for almost free (work salvage) so some of my costs will be referenced off Ebay or other vendors.



I spent the day figuring out google sketch up to draw out my plans. This will most likely be built from 2"x2" steel tubing. If things change I will alter the design for anyone that may want to follow. I'll keep posting as I get things together.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:55 AM   #2
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I'd keep the legs shorter...you'll want to be able to reach and/or see into the kettles on top of the stand. Even if you are 6 feet tall, stirring the mash or looking into a mashtun or kettle would be hard to do. Keep in mind you'll more than likely be adding casters to that as well, which means even more height.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:18 AM   #3
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IMHO for this design 2x2" is overkill. I've just built a larger 2-tier design out of 1.5"x1.5" 1/8" wall stainless (more along the lines of a Brew-magic) and the proportions are perfect, the structure ultra-rigid. You really don't need 2x2.

 
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:22 AM   #4
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I completely agree that 2" is overkill.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:26 AM   #5
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Well, I've been doing some serious thinking about space, repeatability, and the overall process of my brew day. A friend of mine has the ability to get me some steel tubing at or below cost. Since I already have a March Pump and I'm having good luck with batch sparging (80% efficiency on average) I'm going to start a single tier build. I will outline absolutely everything for this build including the wiring of EACH component, installation, cut sheet for the steel, and I will make a running count on cost. FYI- I do get a lot of fittings for almost free (work salvage) so some of my costs will be referenced off Ebay or other vendors.



I spent the day figuring out google sketch up to draw out my plans. This will most likely be built from 2"x2" steel tubing. If things change I will alter the design for anyone that may want to follow. I'll keep posting as I get things together.
i like the drawing, i wish i had a 3D image to look at, i went with a 25'' tall frame and ended up with the casters 30.5''

i know i don't have a lot of posts but if you need any numbers from me i just went through the process in 1 month start to finish

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:31 AM   #6
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IMHO for this design 2x2" is overkill. I've just built a larger 2-tier design out of 1.5"x1.5" 1/8" wall stainless (more along the lines of a Brew-magic) and the proportions are perfect, the structure ultra-rigid. You really don't need 2x2.

so how is 1.5 x 1.5 1/8'' less than 2 x 2 1/16''

you have 25% more area and half the thickness and more surface area for strength

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:33 AM   #7
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This is just a rough drawing ATM... As far as 2x2 goes, I'll take whatever is FREE. If I were paying for steel, I'd probably choose 1x1 @ .12" thickness, however I can't complain when it comes to FREE.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:37 AM   #8
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I think that it looks tight, regardless of what anyone sayes... I love it. Build on.

 
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:51 AM   #9
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I probably will shorten it, however I'm still not really sure why anyone would have issues with 2x2 steel...
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:51 AM   #10
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2X2 may be overkill but WTF it looks better. And it sounds like the price is right.

Good point on the height though.

 
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