Simple DIY stand to keep you immersion chiller off of your element.
Awhile back I made the switch to electric brewing. I built a three vessel eHERMS system, and as part of the build I needed to decide what chilling method to go with. immersion, plate, or counterflow were all on the table as options. After some going back and forth I settled on a immersion chiller for its simplicity.
My only concern with immersion chillers was the weight of a coil, full of water, resting on my element. I looked at several stand options but they were all pretty expensive for what they were in my opinion, especially when shipping got involved. Then one afternoon while picking up some things at Home Depot I found my solution, a stainless steel jalapeño popper stand.
The stand is pretty straight forward it uses 4 bolts and 8 nuts to create a stand above the element for your chiller to sit on. I use this stand both in a 10g blichmann and a 20g Spike kettle without any problems. Both the whirlpool and boil vigor seem unaffected by the stand.
Materials: Cost is $15-$20
1 Stainless Steel Jalapeño Popper Stand $10
4 Stainless Bolts $.75 – $1.50 each depending on length needed
4 Stainless Nuts $.50 each
Drill with proper sized bit for your chosen screw
vegetable oil or cutting oil.
pliers and or sand paper
This diy is about as straight forward as they come. If you can use a drill you can make this stand.
- Mark your holes: If you were to look at all 4 of my holes the are a bit staggered rather than in the 4 corners. This is because my blichman has a indented bottom and my element is rippled. “Dry fit” the stand to figure out where you need to drill for your feet. Do this by placing the popper tray on your element and marking the tray in 4 relatively equal location where the feet will be touching the kettle bottom.
- Drill your holes: Place a pice of scrap wood under your hole location. The scrap wood will allow you to put a fair amount of pressure on the tray as you drill it. if you can clamp the tray down do so, I just held mine in place with my free hand. Dip your bit in a bit of vegetable oil, and drill out the mark.
- Deburr the hole, a little sand paper may be needed to knock down any sharp burs (metal shavings) I pulled 1 or two off with a pair of needle nose pliers. A shading stone in a drill or dremel is another option.
4. Sandwich the tray in between the two nuts at the desire height to clear your element.
Overall I’m pleased with the build and it works just as I intended. In my 10 gallon kettle I can angle the tray so that the whole element is covered. This is nice because if I wanted to do a quick biab batch I wouldn’t be terribly concerned about melting my bag.
Leave a comment if you have any questions or try it out.