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After using a combination of a wine barrel, bricks and a milk crate for my brewery stand (see pic 3), I finally got my act together and made one. Out of wood or course! Nothing too pretty here - just construction grade pine that I machined down to 55×32mm. This size means I can cut mitres on my 10" table saw - there's a whole bunch of corner struts under the top shelves. Joinery is all lap joints for strength and the top is cement sheeting to deal with the large amount of heat generated by the gas burner on the right. Happy days. Now I don't have to worry about the possibility of 50 litres of hot water falling on me.

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I remember a friend in another part of the Country that would make his beer in the spare bathtub…..the stuff he made was a little "gassy"...if you know what I mean. Hope yours is better
 

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Ha ha mines not so gassy. Cheers.
 

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You sir, deserve to sit back, relax and have a "cold one", because you earned it!!!
 

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^^ What stumpy said.. HAve a cold one..
 

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Nice fly sparge setup you have there. Is your HLT electric? I had considered the plate chiller too but opted for a CFWC instead. Not sure if I made the right call. I brewed a couple 12 gal batches last weekend and the ground water was so hot here I could only chill it down to 90ish. Had to cap, place in a fridge, and pitch when it cooled off later that night. It's just too hot in my garage to do any woodworking!
 

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Nice job, I have a friend that homebrews but doubt that can fit this in their apartment. Well built project
 

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That brings a tear to my eye :)

So I've done a little home brewing with a basic set up. Brew the wort in the house and then manually chill and transfer to the fermenting bucket.

I see the boiler, and I would guess that the cooler is the wort chiller? What's the pot on the top?
 

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Ill get my growler ….. it looks like you need help sir.
 

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Boneski is an all grain brewer. The cooler is the mash tun and the pot on top is the hot liquor tank that supplies the water to the mash tun.
 

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Hey thanks for the comments guys.
Joe, the plate chiller is freaking awesome. This time of year (winter in Australia) I can chill 50 litres of boiling wort down to pitching temperature in one pass which takes about 1/2 hour.
And yes, the HLT is electric. It uses a STC-1000 temperature controller and a 2200 watt element at the moment, but I'm in the process of making a control panel that will mount just under the HLT with 2 x full PID controllers - one for the HLT and one for a RIMS tube I'm getting made.
The fly sparge setup uses a tray made from a cake tin with about 100×2mm holes drilled in it. Works well.
 

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All homebrew is excellent. Buddy up to the neighbor that brews, and I dare you to walk away disappointed
Nice set up Boneski..
 

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Now that's the kind of wood working I like to see. Can I stop by with my own mug?
 

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Hey Boneski, do you have a plan/drawing for your super set-up ?? My s.i.l. in Tuscaloosa would love to build one. take care and thanks keep smiling John
 

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Yes John, I do have a plan and that is to continue making good beer with it.
Seriously though, I only have some rough sketches not really a plan. It was made specifically to accomodate the equipment I'm using and I can only suggest that if you're building one that you do the same. There was a lot of thought went into the dimensions, even to the extent that the section in the middle is exactly the right width to accomdate the electrical control box I'm building. Other than designing to accomodate the equipment, make it stable and over engineer it because the last thing you want is 12 gallons of hot water falling off the top teir.
 

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Hey Boneski, thanks for your reply. you are right , we will have to build to suit. I am a bit worried about the heat that will come off his gas burner. what are your ideas ?? thanks again " CHEERS" keep smiling John
 

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I've used 1/4" cement sheeting or "villaboard" as we call it over here. Apart from being a bit ugly to look at it deals with the heat nicely.
 
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