Using the power of gravity, but also trying to maintain a budget, I built this wooden brew stand with a few things in mind: safety, efficiency, mobility. I have to move things around depending on location and weather. With 15-gallon kettles, liquid propane tanks, and large burners, I didn't want to try using chairs and temporary scaffolding or even try to dump the hot liquids into the cooler. And so I assembled the following...

We all may have slightly different equipment, but basic measurements for my stand can be found here or you can download the PDF below:
Materials needed:
  • 2 1/2" & 1 5/8" Wood Screws - $14
  • Fir 2x4s - $28
  • 2", 4"Whitewood flats - $22
  • Brackets & Washers - $12
  • 3" Caster Wheels w/ lock - $27
  • Wood Anchor Screws (x16) - $4
Tools needed:
  • Drill
  • Saw
Basic Plans:

I am not going into too much detail here when it comes to measurements. We all will use different setups, depending on size of kettles, burner, and cooler. The idea is to make this safe while using gravity, getting each platform just higher than the one below so the water drains down to the next vessel.

1. I built the bottom platform (80" x 27") large enough so that two kettles and the mash tun could sit side by side. I figured the rest of the storage space would come by building "up." I used slats versus plywood because I thought it would look better, last longer, and drain faster in the case of boil over or passing rain shower.

2. I needed the Boil Kettle to be high enough to fill the fermenter without having to lift the hot kettle so I added lockable caster wheels and then measured the height of the bucket. I knew my lowest ball valve would have to sit higher than XX." I went with a little sturdier caster wheel set because I didn't want to worry about messing up a smaller wheel or having to later change them out because they couldn't hold the weight. Each of these wheels is rated to hold over 100 pounds and I wont be rolling the cart while it is holding 15 gallons of wort (15 gallons of water weighs 120 pounds).

3. After that, it is just a matter of replicating the 2 taller shelves for the mash tun and HLT. Be sure each is tall enough to easily drain into the lower container. Also, make sure there is clearance for the propane tank (I started with only one, but it is easier to have 2 and makes sense in the case you run out). If you stick with one you will most likely want a propane line with gauges that splits to the 2 burners. No point in building a stand so you don't have to move hot water, but then have to move burning hot gas connections...

4. You are ready to add corner braces/brackets and finish up sealing the wood. I like the large outer braces as "bumper guards" for the corners that could potentially get rolled into walls or hit during storage (last 2 pictures above). And then I used 8 small brackets on the inside just to make sure the wood was supported. Finally, I added 1 final crossbar; I actually stood on the platforms and it handles the weight without issues, but I never want to be in a situation where a force from the side could be a problem.

5. Add your 4 wheels. I used wood lag/anchor screws and by laying the wheel bases out across my design these help hold it all together. They actually attach to 3 separate 2x4s (see photos above)

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You could also build this as more "square." I wanted it to be longer and more narrow so it took less floor space, but you might have a nice corner and want to take less wall space. Whatever you do, don't build it too narrow so that it could ever tip :-)

CAUTION: Somehow you have to remember to always check the wheel locks. It would be brutal on your head and the equipment to have this thing tip or, worse,  dump boiling water from above...