Rigid Copper Brewery Stand
The homebrew beer brewing stand is constructed entirely of half inch rigid copper tubing that has been silver soldered to ninety-degree angles and copper tees. It has proven itself to be very compact and very rigid. It easily holds the weight of the tanks and has proven to be very reliable. Mounted at the bottom on the left is the March 809HS Pump. It is connected to the stand via Beer, Beer, and More Beer’s pump mounting bracket that allows the pump to slide in and out if necessary. Mounted on the left are the controls for the Mash Tun electronic temperature control (ETC), the Pump on/off switch with light, and an accessory outlet that is toggled by the float switch. On the right are the Hot Liquor Tun ETC and the hot water heater element master switch with light. The switch also controls the bathroom vent fan agitation motor. At the top of the stand is the electronic thermometer that reads the Boil Kettle temperature.
This is a close-up of one of the copper tees used for the shelf supports. Each shelf consists of four horizontal struts that terminate in copper tee connectors on each end. They were cleaned, lightly polished, and sprayed with lacquer to maintain the shine. There are 34 Tee sections in the design. I have added a couple of side struts in order to add some additional support to the stand. So far, it seems to have absolutely no problem handling the weight of both tanks.
A ninety-degree copper connector is used at every corner of the stand. There are eight of these in the finished design. They lend a nice finished look and increase the stability of the stand considerably. They are soldered in place, cleaned, lightly polished, and sprayed with a protective coating of lacquer. The lacquer should keep the surface from turning green over the course of the years.
Homebrew Beer Brewing Stand Strength
It is amazing the amount of e-mail I have received over the course of the years inquiring about the structural integrity of a rigid copper home brewing stand. For this reason, I have included the picture at right to help demonstrate the strength that rigid copper can provide. My weight is approximately 195 pounds and I can be seen sitting atop the stand in this photograph. During this test, the stand didn’t give even the remotest hint that it would collapse. I have every confidence that the stand will last for as long as I choose to be interested in the hobby of home brewing. I also believe that larger batch sizes could be used in conjunction with this stand with no ill effects.