|(Brewstand Sketch - for reference countertops are generally 36" high)|
There were a few things I really wanted to accomplish with this brewstand:
- Small Footprint - I want it to be no larger than a 2' square. This should be 20"x23"
- Gravity Fed - With the kettle ball valve approximately 21" I can just drain into my better bottles (which are 20" tall). Mash tun gravity fed to kettle just like I do in my typical setup.
- Self Contained - I loathe setting up and tearing down outside. The planned system will allow me to keep things in place when not in use. The top shelf holding the mash tun will come off when I start the boil
- Wood - I definitely understand why a lot of people choose metal for their brewstand, but I prefer wood for aesthetics, cost, and because I have the tools to work with it.
I do plan on adding casters to the stand by incorporating them into a hinged system which will be lockable - wheels disengaged when unlocked. I will definitely write up a post on the wheel system once I figure it out myself and can explain it more thoroughly. I have about an eight foot by four foot rectangular area of my basement to incorporate this stand (turquoise to the right) as well as a multipurpose six foot workbench (red to the left). I need both the bench, and the brew stand to be sturdy (locked in place) but mobile. The left edge of the workbench puts me next to some tool storage (far right in the second picture below). I will need to move the bench to get to those tools occasionally, so it will also be on wheels. I figure I can roll the brewstand toward the the fridge and slide the bench to the right to access the storage on the left. I am still unsure of whether I will vent outside on the right (dogfishead sign) or straight (flying dog sign)
|(Proposed workbench and brewstand area)|
|(Storage area: Tools on left, grain on the right)|
I don't have an outdoor storage shed yet, so I have a lot of tools scattered around the tiny unfinished area of my basement. This area acts a whole-house storage and brewery. I am in desperate need of a workbench for standard household projects and it will also get a lot of use during brewday once it is all setup. The bench will most likely take on the functions of a weighing table, racking table, and yeast starter table. The last picture is of my my kegerator and fermentation chamber. Oh, you noticed how ugly my fermentation chamber is did you? You're not alone, Mrs. Shegogue often comments on the lack of visual appeal and constantly asks "I thought you said you were going to get a new one which is smaller and more appealing." Eh, it works so why fix it? I just recently added the shelf to house my glassware and find it really handy as I don't have to run upstairs for a glass when I want to sample some fine brew.
|(Kegerator and Fermentation chamber)|