The table before - It was 'free' - an old school lab bench. The table was free, so the whole project was free ... right?
Loved this feature!
Ikea desk - chopped the side supports to make the mash tun lift
Supports were bolted to the table and a lift shelf designed. Our existing boil kettle is on the left.
Lift shelf done (Tables painted too). Old kettle will become an hot liquor tank. Vertical supports are just the right height so the whole thing can be wheeled out the garage door.
All the lift needs is a winch!
And up it goes (at least when it is empty)
Works like a charm! The block on the back has bearings that keep the shelf in place when lifting.
Pulleys can be expensive, but these are replacement wheels for a sliding glass door. Very cheap and with nice bearings.
The coolest part of the system! The winch makes a 'clack, clack, clack' sound giving it the name 'Brewenstein'. One must say 'Yes, Master' while raising the mash tun.
Bought a new burner and 15 gallon kettle.
Added a sight glass and thermometer to the hot liquor tank.
Plumbing parts, including a carbon water filter.
Water is filtered before it goes into the hot water kettle.
A test with the mash tun full of water - No problems!
Hose at the bottom is food grade and connects the system to a faucet.
Feel the burn!
Water and gas controls. A splitter and extension hose let both burners be run from the same tank. Green pipe fills the hot liquor tank with filtered water. Brass faucet provides water for the wort chiller.
Brewing sheet ... and elephant head trophy!
Yup...we have running water - no more schlepping water from the kitchen sink for us! Plumbing painted green to match the Brewenstein name.
Batch sparging into the kettle.
Mmmmm future beer!
Chilled wort going into a carboy. Although there is a connection for the chiller, tap water is hot in July so we're using icewater from the hot liquor tank to chill.