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VanderBeer
post Mar 29 2007, 09:38 AM
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My engineer BIL and his engineer friend came up with this 3 tier design. It works pretty darn good and takes up very little space when not in use. It is a gravity system so no pumps are needed. There are 2 sculptures in the pictures and they often brew 2 batches side by side. I think they are pretty cool and they should be shared.
(IMG:http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m234/areople/davesbrewery002.jpg)

another angle:
(IMG:http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m234/areople/davesbrewery001.jpg)

2 stands in storage:
(IMG:http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m234/areople/davesbrewery008.jpg)
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St_Francis
post Mar 29 2007, 09:24 PM
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VanderBeer can back me up on this but I am half of the team that designed/built this thing.

I know we had plans (a sketch) for this thing at one point...heck I think I even did it in AutoCAD...yep there it is in the Homebrewing directory.

What I do not have anymore is the BOM (bill of material for those non-engineer types) for all of the misc. stuff that went into it.

If people are really interested maybe WinkyDowBrewing is right and we could make a couple of dollars by selling the plans for a nominal fee. That don't seem very homebrewer like, though.

My fellow designer has often suggested that we add some leg locks but I have maintained that the weight of the keg plus the grains/water (say about 100lbs) makes the force needed to move one of those legs rather significant. It wouldn't be hard to do...just hasn't been done.

Like VanderBeer said... you can stand on all of the platforms...the top tier is for the HLT...the middle is for the mash (the higher one for a simple infusion style, the lower one if you want to attempt a decoction...also works great for the propane stand)...the BK goes on a stand of the ground. Everything was set up for a half barrel keg setup that would be fully gravity feed. We tried to keep the HLT as low as possible so we wouldn't need anything more than a small step ladder to get the water into the HLT with buckets (if we have to).

BTW: everything for the stand came from Lowe's and we only used ordinary tools for the job.
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post Mar 29 2007, 09:53 PM
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QUOTE(St_Francis @ Mar 29 2007, 09:24 PM) *
My fellow designer has often suggested that we add some leg locks but I have maintained that the weight of the keg plus the grains/water (say about 100lbs) makes the force needed to move one of those legs rather significant. It wouldn't be hard to do...just hasn't been done.



That's a REALLY nice collapsible stand design! Thanks for sharing it here. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)

I have no doubt that the stand is very sturdy and strong and a leg would need to take a serious blow to kick it out (or in). But as I'm sure my fellow brewers here can attest to, Murphy loves brewers 'cause we're so easy to f@#k with! If something can happen to your brewery, eventually IT WILL. 5-10 gallons of boiling hot water or wort that is elevated is nothing to play around with - it could be a SERIOUS and painful disaster - or worse if say it's a child or pet that got doused. At the very least it's a heck of a mess, so IMHO I'd want to make it as safe as it can possibly be. With a couple extra pieces of wood to lock the legs in place, you may have just designed the next generation of portable, collapsible brewing sculptures - Great Job! (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)
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VanderBeer   Wooden Brew Sculpture   Mar 29 2007, 09:38 AM
TProfera   Wow that is truly ingenious. Now who of you is goi...   Mar 29 2007, 09:43 AM
WinkyDowBrewing   not too shabby...not too shabby at all. Are you ab...   Mar 29 2007, 10:03 AM
VanderBeer   QUOTE(WinkyDowBrewing @ Mar 29 2007, 11:0...   Mar 29 2007, 10:16 AM
JimNasium   Nice setup although I get really nervous having bo...   Mar 29 2007, 10:06 AM
bob_the_botanist   cool design. Might want to think about bracing tho...   Mar 29 2007, 10:14 AM
Dude   Wow....that rocks. I love how small it folds.   Mar 29 2007, 11:44 AM
Lagerdemain   Very clever and ingenious, and very nicely built. ...   Mar 29 2007, 11:53 AM
dagomike   Heh... big TV dinner trays. Sweet.   Mar 29 2007, 11:59 AM
adavis   I apolgize for the supidity, but how does it work?...   Mar 29 2007, 12:11 PM
JimNasium   QUOTE(adavis @ Mar 29 2007, 12:11 PM) I a...   Mar 29 2007, 12:16 PM
erichonour   QUOTE(adavis @ Mar 29 2007, 12:11 PM) I a...   Mar 29 2007, 12:17 PM
jayflap   Damn Chip that is very cool. I actually agree with...   Mar 29 2007, 12:28 PM
VanderBeer   QUOTE(JimNasium @ Mar 29 2007, 01:16 PM) ...   Mar 29 2007, 12:56 PM
BFB   QUOTE(bob_the_botanist @ Mar 29 2007, 10...   Mar 29 2007, 01:46 PM
Jimvy   Now that is really slick. Too bad I didn't se...   Mar 29 2007, 01:49 PM
gnef   do you have any plans for that? i'm sure peopl...   Mar 29 2007, 04:49 PM
twilliams   OK now you must post plans for us w/ zero talent i...   Mar 29 2007, 04:50 PM
Lagerdemain   Tell ya what, I wouldn't even attempt to build...   Mar 29 2007, 04:55 PM
HenryHill   Nice, clean..minimalist plan. NO drawbacks. Sure, ...   Mar 29 2007, 05:54 PM
WinkyDowBrewing   I think registering a patent is somewhere around ...   Mar 29 2007, 07:44 PM
St_Francis   VanderBeer can back me up on this but I am half of...   Mar 29 2007, 09:24 PM
erichonour   QUOTE(St_Francis @ Mar 29 2007, 09:24 PM)...   Mar 29 2007, 09:31 PM
werper   QUOTE(St_Francis @ Mar 29 2007, 09:24 PM)...   Mar 29 2007, 09:53 PM
tileman   I have been collecting bed rails for some time now...   Mar 30 2007, 09:51 AM
St_Francis   OK guys! Here are the plans and some added de...   Aug 6 2007, 08:14 PM
sidney porter   really nice   Aug 6 2007, 08:20 PM
St_Francis   seems like the detail sheet didn't really work...   Aug 6 2007, 08:24 PM
dagomike   Still looks pretty clean! You should see my ca...   Aug 6 2007, 08:49 PM
Scott Balikian   I just gotta say how jealous I am of all of you wh...   Aug 7 2007, 01:06 AM
stout_fan   brilliant!   Aug 7 2007, 06:38 AM
VanderBeer   Nice details Dave. Thanks!   Aug 7 2007, 09:11 PM
St_Francis   Here is another picture of the stand with the kegs...   Nov 8 2007, 08:53 PM
jayflap   Hey Dave. I know I have mentioned it before, but t...   Nov 8 2007, 11:14 PM
TProfera   Did anyone ever make a metal version?   Nov 9 2007, 10:24 AM
ewanzel   I did...see this thread for pics...works great...   Nov 9 2007, 12:18 PM
tileman   QUOTE(TProfera @ Nov 9 2007, 09:24 AM) Di...   Nov 9 2007, 11:29 AM
homebrewfool   QUOTE(tileman @ Nov 9 2007, 08:29 AM) I b...   Nov 9 2007, 11:54 AM
tileman   sorry no camera   Nov 9 2007, 12:07 PM
St_Francis   I can send an email with the jpeg that has all of ...   Oct 30 2008, 05:40 PM
Darin   QUOTE(St_Francis @ Oct 30 2008, 03:40 PM)...   Oct 31 2008, 03:07 PM
Darin   QUOTE(St_Francis @ Oct 30 2008, 03:40 PM)...   Nov 2 2008, 09:54 AM
Darin   Wow,,, that is bad a$$!!!   Oct 30 2008, 05:46 PM


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