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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2012, 01:08:37 PM »
Well I just did my first brew, and only days before that finished my brewstand. I guess I put mine together using a modular approach and it need not be "expensive". Of course expensive is different for all of us. Thing that helped me is a friend is a welder, so find a friend that welds or make friends with a welder. Here is a link to my story. I have around $100 into metal + some dollars for burners and regs. Go too Agri supply for burners and regs. That stuff is cover all over out there.

http://snakeriverbrewers.org/index.php?topic=3900.0

That stuff looks excellent - great job. I lack the materials or storage space for that sort of brewstand, but it is a more distant goal of mine. It almost looks like you could buy semi-cheap metal deck furniture and take a blowtorch to it.
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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2012, 01:27:13 PM »
Wooden brew stands are a lot cheaper to build than metal ones.

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2012, 01:33:29 PM »
Dang, that seems like a fun build. I can more likely get that built, but still need more storage space. Modularity helps but only to a point.

Also, I am clearly approaching this whole all-grain brewing thing wrong, since I do not own a dog.

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2012, 01:40:16 PM »
That's just a statue I put out when I'm brewing.
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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2012, 01:42:36 PM »
If you can swing it, go with a metal stand. No chance of it burning with your propane heater, it will be sturdier and it will last a lot longer. Do add some rollers to it though. They can end up being quite heavy.

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2012, 01:53:23 PM »
Wooden brew stands are a lot cheaper to build than metal ones.
Yea, probably, but mine pulls apart. The part the MT sits on is sort of like a coffee table. Flip it over, set the two burner sections inside between the "table legs" and pile the other leg extensions in there. Maybe 16"X36"X22" total. Real lite and easy to carry pieces. Make the one burner section, then the MT section and build it so the same burner work for the HLT and BK. Anyhow, seems real easy to store. Removable leg extensions.

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2012, 01:54:37 PM »
Tom,
How do you keep the tops from burning?  I'm liking the wood idea, at least for now.

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2012, 01:58:22 PM »
Tom,
How do you keep the tops from burning?  I'm liking the wood idea, at least for now.

Take a look under the burners...looks like baking sheets there.
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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2012, 03:25:05 PM »
Yes, there are baking sheets - the kind with air in between two pieces of metal.  Realistically though, they are probably not even needed.  They don't get that hot, the heat is going up.  i still use them though, every time.
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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2012, 06:11:14 PM »
It's a labor of love. I started out on the stovetop like most and wound up with a single tier brewstand. However it can be as simple as a propane burner sitting on a couple of masonry blocks. Homebrewing is a process that starts simply and can grow or blossom into something much more. It is what you make of it and that can somewhat pragmatic to very sophisticated. It all depends on your aspirations. In the end one should RDWHAHB.  :)
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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2012, 11:24:25 PM »
It's a labor of love. I started out on the stovetop like most and wound up with a single tier brewstand. However it can be as simple as a propane burner sitting on a couple of masonry blocks. Homebrewing is a process that starts simply and can grow or blossom into something much more. It is what you make of it and that can somewhat pragmatic to very sophisticated. It all depends on your aspirations. In the end one should RDWHAHB.  :)

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2012, 11:35:36 PM »
It's a labor of love. I started out on the stovetop like most and wound up with a single tier brewstand. However it can be as simple as a propane burner sitting on a couple of masonry blocks. Homebrewing is a process that starts simply and can grow or blossom into something much more. It is what you make of it and that can somewhat pragmatic to very sophisticated. It all depends on your aspirations. In the end one should RDWHAHB.  :)

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Re: My one hang-up before going all-grain...
« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2012, 07:30:34 AM »
Got a sunroom/covered porch/whatever?...

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