Kal, I notice that the control panel and kettles are placed with the boil kettle first, then the mash/lauter tun, then the hot liquour tank. Is there a reason that it's done this way?
My intuition wants to put them the other way round, with the HLT first, so we work from left to right as the brew process proceeds. Are there good reasons for it being the other way around (right to left), or is it just arbitrary?
I'm thinking maybe you wanted to keep the boil kettle as far away from the panel as possible?
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Link Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:36 pm Post subject:
Yes, mine's a bit backwards (right to left instead of left to right).
My brewing room is small. The sink really only works in the far corner as it sticks out a bit farther than everything else. Putting it on the right side would block the door a bit. So that was the catalyst for the positioning of everything.
The HLT does not need washing so it's the furthest away. The BK and MLT are what need to be washed and having them close to the sink makes it easier.
I'm actually toying with the idea of reversing the BK and MLT so that I can wash the MLT easier while I'm boiling. Right now I don't really have space. Ideally I'd like to have another table to the left of the sink so that I can move around the kettles a bit to make cleaning easier.
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Link Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:28 am Post subject:
That makes sense, and in your shoes I would have done the same thing. You are just so lucky to have a sink and a dedicated brewing area!
Although messy,my garage outside is fortunately quite long (about 7m, ca. 22"). I have to relocate some stuff to make a bigger brewing area, then I'm going to build your rugged brew stand, but maybe make it a foot or so longer so I have additional working space. But no sink yet. That's next year's project.
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