Ever since I eyed The Drew's brew cart several weeks ago, I knew I had to make one. Well want no more:
After eyeing the pictures I took of Drew's cart, I used Google Sketch-Up to render the final design (not because I needed to of course...just because it was cool to have a print out of the thing!) . Ideally, this cart is the push to get me to go all-grain. I used the cart as an excuse to ditch my counterflow wort chiller too. With the gravity set-up, I have no way of getting enough height to work the wort through the chiller. Instead, I built an immersion chiller out of 3/8 inch copper. I was going to scrap the counterflow for the copper, but in in the end decided to keep it. The immersion chiller should make things a little easier...especially sanitation.
The cart also makes for great storage. Like Drew, I attached some caster wheels to the bottom so movement is a breeze. I also hung my water filter on the side and spent some time this morning fitting some hose pieces and a hose rack so I could manage the hose run into the garage for kettle filling and running the chiller.
When I rolled the cart into the driveway yesterday, Zoë was shocked at the size and thought I had made a Trojan horse. A Trojan horse? Oh no. If that was the case, I would have made a Trojan rabbit. Run away...run away...
Tomorrow is brew day.