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Title: Brewstand
Post by: rbowers on December 20, 2010, 06:14:37 PM
Fairly new to home brewing but now that I've got a few extract brews under my belt I was going to try my hand at a partial mash recipe.  I was contemplating building a VERY basic 2 or 3 tier brew stand and was curious if anyone had some general recs or blueprints.  Or even just things I should consider prior to just jumping in and building something.  It will need to be mostly wood as I don't know how to weld.  Also cost will need to be controlled.  I have looked around at other threads and while the majority of the brew stands posted are impressive they are a bit more advanced than what I was looking for.  Thanks
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: denny on December 20, 2010, 06:15:56 PM
FWIW, I use an old metal picnic table for my "Brewstand".  Check out www.dennybrew.com
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: euge on December 20, 2010, 06:38:45 PM
I used the washing machine then transitioned to the dryer. Now I use 4 kegs to support my mash tun. I guess it's a 2-tier system. And I didn't get a pump until a few months ago. It was all gravity driven and bucket oriented.

Anything to get the tun above the bucket/vessel it's draining into. A kitchen counter for example. Otherwise some wood 2-by's to your own specs. Here's a pic from John Palmer's How To Brew that shows how simple it could be:

(http://www.howtobrew.com/images/f95.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: tygo on December 20, 2010, 07:05:49 PM
Somebody had posted a pic of their all wood tiered stand a while ago.  Looking through quickly I couldn't find the thread but you might be able to search for it.
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: Vin S on December 20, 2010, 07:18:38 PM
Back a few issues in Zymurgy showed a brewstand built using metal shelving and bolts. Maybe someone can post the artical for you. Good luck
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: bluesman on December 20, 2010, 09:48:26 PM
Here's a fairly simple design. Use perforated steel tubing and bolt it together.

(http://brewing.foustwebdesign.com/images/brewStand2.gif)

Here's a link for the steel tubing.

http://www.onlinemetalstore.com/items/Steel_Tube_Pipe.cfm
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: given2fly on December 21, 2010, 01:31:30 PM
I built my brewstand out of wood and have turkey fryers built into it. Here are some of pics from my website:

(http://given2flybrewing.weebly.com/uploads/8/4/2/6/842676/1042325.jpg)

(http://given2flybrewing.weebly.com/uploads/8/4/2/6/842676/4545089.jpg)

Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: Slowbrew on December 21, 2010, 05:23:52 PM
FWIW, I use an old metal picnic table for my "Brewstand".  Check out www.dennybrew.com

I use a 1/2 size plastic banquet table from Costco.  My Boil kettle sits on the floor until I move it outside to the burner.

Paul
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: dcbc on December 21, 2010, 10:48:13 PM
I went from this

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TREtq8jFZRI/AAAAAAAADpE/c_rL5skwDzs/s512/Brew%20Setup.jpg)

to this

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/SkuB67cIGEI/AAAAAAAACWU/cT6gUprgyIg/s640/BS2.0.jpg)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TL9-uHB5dpI/AAAAAAAADlc/hEbYMxpmx54/s640/Brewery%2020G.jpg)

While you absolutely can brew just as good of beer with precariously placed patio furniture supporting things that spew fire, for me, brewing became much easier and more fun when I took the plunge and had this thing welded up.  It folds up and fits in the corner of my garage (22"x22").  Now, I just roll it out, unfold, and go.  Setup is no longer a chore.

I'd suggest getting a few AG brews under your belt and experimenting with your setup before deciding what kind of system you want.  
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: denny on December 21, 2010, 10:53:56 PM
I'd suggest getting a few AG brews under your belt and experimenting with your setup before deciding what kind of system you want.  

Really good advice.  Establish a flow, then build equipment that fits it.
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: rbowers on December 22, 2010, 01:17:24 AM
Appreciate all the suggestions.  Any thoughts on planning for a setup with a mash tun for single step infusion mashing (the cooler type) vs a multi step infusion mashing vessel (with a burner)? I haven't tried either and definitely appreciate the advice about getting a few all grain batches down prior to building anything.  Thought I'd take a consensus though- are there particular advantages or drawbacks to either setup? 
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: oscarvan on December 22, 2010, 02:19:32 AM
I'm following Denny's KISS lead and starting with a cooler and batch sparging. If I ever think that my life is not complete if I can not up my efficiency from 75 to 77.4 I can always add another pot and burner later. (Metaphorical numbers.)
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: dcbc on December 28, 2010, 03:32:29 PM
Any thoughts on planning for a setup with a mash tun for single step infusion mashing (the cooler type) vs a multi step infusion mashing vessel (with a burner)? I haven't tried either and definitely appreciate the advice about getting a few all grain batches down prior to building anything.  Thought I'd take a consensus though- are there particular advantages or drawbacks to either setup?  

The cooler will hold temperatures really well and is cheap to construct.  You can do infusion step mashes or HERMs temp control using a cooler as well.  If you undershoot your dough in temp, just ad boiling water and stir.  The opening on a rectangular cooler being larger makes it a lot easier to dump in your grain as well.  

I have a lot of equipment envy, but have never had any inclination to move to a fired steel mash tun over my 70 qt cooler.  I can see the benefit of adding a little fire to maintain temps or step mash, but most of what I do is single infusion and the cooler has not let me down.
Title: Re: Brewstand
Post by: Hokerer on December 28, 2010, 05:33:15 PM
Definitely start with the cooler/braid (al la Denny) setup.  Once you've got a few brew sessions under your belt, you could then decide whether you want to go direct fired.  Odds are you'll decide to stick with the cooler.