I have used electrical strut recently to build my automated HLT stand so I was brainstorming other projects I could do using electrical strut. I came up with two ideas – a stand to hold my carbon cartridge based water filter and stands for my pumps to keep them off the brewery floor. I decided to start with the water filter since it was a more pressing need – I always knock my water filter offer and make a big mess on brew day. I headed to the hardware store and as I was looking at super expensive strut parts I noticed a pile of $2 buckets. And after doing the math in my head, I thought maybe I could just cut a hole in the top of a super cheap bucket and have a perfectly good water filter stand. So, that’s what I did.
It works awesome and by far my cheapest brewery project!!! I have a standard 10″ cartridge filter that I got from MoreBeer and it is beveled at the top so that you have a nice lip to rest on. So I just used mydremel tool with the cutting kit accessory (poor man’s router) and cut a ~4″ diameter hole. I can obviously easily move it around the brewery and it doesn’t budge. The only other trick is I use clamps to hold the hose to the edge of the pot or bucket i’m filling up so a hose doesn’t get a mind of its own and start spraying water all over the place. Never happened 🙂