- Workebench - already finding it really useful!
- Brew stand (see below)
- Utility Sink and Plumbing
This past weekend, I tackled the brew stand.
|(Brew stand plans)|
BuildI don't seem to ever follow directions or plans 100%. This project was no different. I decided to dado out a 1/2" of the 2x3 dimensional lumber to hopefully increase the rigidity of the stand. If I didn't do this the square frame, and later all my wort and mash weight, would be solely relying on #9 deck screws to hold everything up. I, like most other homebrewers and DIY'ers, love to over build things so the screws alone may have been fine, but I felt comfort knowing some of the weight would be resting on the vertical 2x3.
|(2x3 verticals with 1/2" dado)|
I failed to account for the 1" decrease caused by my impromptu dadoes so the side-view of the plans above is actually 22" inches overall, and 19" between the verticals. RDWHAHB! Everything fits in the end.
After pre-drilling and screwing in the horizontal pieces for the burner-level of the stand. I cut a plywood shelf, with notched corners, and fastened it down to the 2x3s with a few 1 5/8" drywall screws.
I then cut the 3 pieces for the open-ended top square and fastened them with the deck screws. I did my best to try to keep everything in square, but the 2x3s had warped a bit since purchase. This probably didnt' matter as I later found out the area of the basement I planned to put the brew stand is not even close to being level. Oh well! I placed a tiny shim under that front right leg and all is well.
Hypothetical Brew Day PicturesHere are some pics with things in place and testing out different hypothetical brew day procedures.
|(Brew stand - hypothetical mash mode)|
|(Brew stand - hypothetical sparge)|
|(Hypothetical draining wort to fermenter)|
|(Brew stand next to the bench - storage mode)|
I think I may cut the top of the front two vertical pieces shorter in the future. I would have done it, but I had already swept up the basement of all the sawdust and didn't feel like repeating process. They are at the height they currently are just cause I had had the guy at home depot cut them in half for transportation purposes. I can image it will be easier to move the mash tun with grains for cleaning if I shorten those pieces.
I am probably going to stain or apply some sort of finish to the wood mainly to protect it from moisture and spills. Being made out of wood, I will be able to easily adapt the stand in the future if I ever go with a pump or RIMS setup, but I think this will work fine for now.
Stay tuned as I hope to tackle plumbing a new utility sink and water lines next.