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Curvy Brew Stand

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Well I’m up and brewing in the shed these days. The brew stand is completed. The idea was to make a solid, aesthetically pleasing stand that will outlast me. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a brew statue, since it is wood not metal. Still the curves are sexy.

brew stand

“She’s got legs!… And she knows how to use them…”

brew statue wood

The stand is made of 2×4 doug fir. Everything is nailed and screwed together from multiple angles. I made the curved cuts with a jig saw. The shelves are 3/4” plywood, topped with backer board and tile. The tile is overkill for an electric brew setup, but makes for easy cleanup and a solid look. I painted the wood with a silicon based cement paint to really seal it good. The trim on the edges is 1/8” oak plywood. The thin plywood bends over the curves, and this helped hide all the defects in the original cut. The front is 1/2” walnut.

home brew stand

They say we are overdue for a big earthquake in the northwest. I really don’t want 180F water tumbling down on me or a guest. I see a lot of brew stands online that look rickety. If there is one thing to overbuild, its your brew stand! Aside from strong construction, I took extra care to make sure everything is strapped in place. The kettles are secured with cables. The brew stand itself is screwed into the studs with 6 inch lag blots on the top and bottom. The curves on the stand are setup so the kettles have to be lifted slightly to get them out for cleaning. The stand and the kettles are literally a part of the shed. The shed itself is bolted down to the foundation. Solid.

brew stand secure

Here are some more pictures of the brew shed. One reader had asked for a picture of the skylight. Here it is!

brew shed skylight

brew shed night shot

  1. 6 Responses to “Curvy Brew Stand”

  2. Congrats! I’ve been following your saga all along. Glad to see you brewing and not driving nails or pouring cement…

    By commander flatus on Nov 26, 2011

  3. Congrats! It looks good and I am sure that there is a sense of pride in getting it done.

    By Carmon Madison on Nov 28, 2011

  4. This is great! I’ve been wanting to build my own solid 3-tier gravity system. Would you feel comfortable using propane on this stand? I’m thinking that the only changes that would have to be made would be 1. more vertical space for burners, and 2. a layer of tile on the underside of the top shelf (so that heat from the boil kettle doesn’t slowly eat away at the wooden HLT shelf). What do you think?

    By Rafael on Feb 3, 2012

  5. If you are doing it outside, the best way to go is with a metal stand, since the burners get hot and conduct a lot of heat. A lot of energy is released in the brewing process, and a lot of weight is held above the floor, so you want it to be sturdy as can be. I would NEVER use propane indoors. After doing research on it, this was the conclusion I came to for safety reasons, and I hope you do too. Electric brewing is so much better anyway: no propane leaks to worry about, no chance of an explosion, no off gases, and no tanks to re-fill periodically. Google propane safety and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Every so often a trailer or RV goes up in flames because of a propane accident.

    Plenty of people do brew with propane in their garages, but even with the bay open I don’t think they realize the risk they are taking. Its a recipe for a Darwin award. I used to brew in my garage with a crab cooker but I will never go back to that.

    I only use propane on my BBQ grill outside. I keep the tank outside and I check the hoses regularly.

    By Larry on Feb 3, 2012

  6. This looks great. One question that you may have already answered. Where did you get the shed from? Looks like the perfect amount of space, nice and stable, and lit really well.

    By John on Feb 7, 2012

  7. The shed was designed and built by our main contributor Larry.

    See these links for the complete saga:
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/2011/01/18/brew-shed-plans-the-obsession-continues/
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/2011/04/16/brew-shed-slab-is-poured/
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/2011/05/14/brew-shed-is-framed-and-sided/
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/2011/06/25/brew-shed-update/
    http://www.brewersfriend.com/2011/08/14/brew-shed-complete-and-brewing/

    By Larry on Feb 8, 2012

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