Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Brew Cart

Ever since I eyed The Drew's brew cart several weeks ago, I knew I had to make one.  Well want no more:

Operation Brew

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.

New Chiller

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...

Tomorrow is brew day.

5 comments: said...


shizuokagourmet said...

Dear Mike!
You will have to find a name for you beer!
Incidentally an American friend of mine in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, called Bryan Baird, has been brewing beer professionally on his own for 8 years!
His official site is
Have great fun!
Keep me posted!

Mike said...

Robert - I am working on just that...a good name! I checked out Bryan's site. Very cool. Too bad they only ship his beer locally!

dustin said...

I didn't understand most of what you were saying here, but I can add this...

"It's got real big fangs!"

Mike said...

LOL...and next time I shall build a wooden badger!