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The TopTier is the next generation of brewstand! A completely modular design that is compatible with brewpots from all manufacturers, converted kegs, and round or rectangular coolers. Awesome flexibility at an unbeatable price, plus it ships FedEx ground – not by truck!
The black powder coated legs, 100% stainless steel burner frames and support structure, and anodized aluminum post are not only attractive but designed to last a lifetime. Since the shelf/burner locations are infinitely adjustable and can be placed on all four sides of the main support post, your TopTier will grow with you as your brewing techniques, equipment, and batch sizes evolve over your lifetime.
Due to its versatility, the TopTier is sold by components – you choose the configuration that works best for your system and brewing techniques. Purchase the base stand and add the desired quantity of burners or shelves for each of the three tiers.
About TopTier burners: Blichmann Engineering has done extensive testing and tuning of the TopTier burners, regulators, orifices, and wind guards to maximize efficiency and improve flame stability outdoors. The result is a burner that is whisper quiet, uses less fuel, and heats significantly faster than any similar burner on the market! And it’s virtually impossible to flame-out in windy conditions. Add features like the ability to safely support a keg, safety retaining bars for brewpots, a hole in the burner frame for ignition, a quality adjustable regulator for fine tuning the flame, and stainless braided hose, and you have the ultimate homebrewing burner.
Update: September 1, 2009. Blichmann Engineering has sourced fittings for the gas manifold. Effective immediately, all stands and burner tiers will ship with a black iron tee, brass flare adapter for each tier, and a plug to cap off the top of the manifold. You will only have to provide the straight lengths of pipe which are readily available in a variety of lengths - or you can piece together with couplings. Alternately, many home improvement and hardware stores will cut and thread your pipe to length for free or for a small fee.
Additionally, the pipe size has been changed from 3/8" to 1/2", which should be easier to locate; and the manual has been updated with many detailed pics and suggestions for typical installations. For an instructional video on setting up your TopTier Modular Brewing Stand, Click Here!
How to Order a TopTier Buy the base stand. The base includes: legs, main support post, 3 pairs of shelf arms (to support the burners/shelves), regulator, wheel kit and hardware. Add tiers Mix and match, up to three tiers total. Tiers can be burners or shelves – if you brew with two coolers and a kettle, choose two shelves (for the coolers) and a burner (for the kettle). If your HLT and mash/lauter tun are kettles or converted kegs, choose three burners to direct-fire all vessels. Both types of tiers include hardware to mount them to the base stand. Burners include a stainless flex hose; you will need to provide 1/2” pipe to make a gas manifold to hook them up to your fuel source. Add extra equipment such as the Pump Mounting Bracket or Utility Stand. Submit your order
This item ships directly from the manufacturer and takes 1-3 weeks for delivery.
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4.2 / 5.028 ReviewsConvenient and VersatileAfter a bit of deliberation and reading the online discussion/debate, I ordered a TopTier with two burners and one shelf just before Christmas. I've used it a several times since then so I figured I'd pass along my reaction and observations.1. The online debate about the price of the system seems silly--in particular, the idea that one could save a few bucks by having a weld shop build something equivalent. Anybody who thinks there is a cost savings to be had by doing so puts little value on their own time--plus they're likely going to end up with a less functional result. The thought that went into this system and all the details that have been incorporated would take a lot of time to work out, and if you put even a modest dollar value to each hour spent making this happen I'm sure the cost would actually be much higher. I work hard and already struggle to find enough time to devote to my home brewing, and I'd rather spend my time brewing than developing my own system (though I applaud those who do this!). My TopTIer replaced a collection of wrought iron patio chairs and a Bayou burner with legs, all placed to take advantage of some favorable elevation changes in my side yard--yes it worked but it looked pretty backwoods was not extremely stable, and I never set it up quite the same each time. Now, I roll up the garage door, wheel out the TopTier, attach the propane tank and IÕm on my way. It's even displayed as a bit of brew sculpture in my "Garage-Mahal" brew pub/man cave.2. The instructions are pretty good, but could use a bit of refinement on the assembly of the stand attachment hardware to the burners--I tried to install something upside down based on my understanding of the photo and was about to 'force fit' something before I took a step back and thought about what I was doing. Assembly wasn't difficult at all, but be sure to set aside time to do it properly. A second set of hands might be advisable at some stages of assembly, though I was able to do it on my own without any problem.3. The debate about not including the gas manifold piping is much ado about nothing. I purchased a few sections of threaded 1/2" gas pipe and added an elbow at the bottom where the propane line connects and it took me less than an hour to construct and mount. I had lots of choices of pipe lengths at my local home improvement store and it was not a big deal at all. I'm considering adding a third burner and it will be a cinch to modify the manfold for this purpose.4. The stand works great! It is simply rock solid once properly leveled and I don't have to lift heavy pots of hot liquid on and off a single burner any longer. The burners heat much faster than what I was using before, and having two manifolded burners is a real luxury. I've found that I need to move a bit faster when doing the tasks I normally do while the strike water is heating, but that's a good problem to have. Also, I brewed yesterday during a big rain and windstorm and didn't have any problems with keeping the burners lit. 5. After using the stand the first time I realized that I mounted my brew kettle a bit low to get good flow through my PFHX into the fermenter. Since the system is adjustable, I was able to move the two burners up a bit and the wort flowed better through the heat exchanger on my next batch. That wouldn't have been possible if I had somebody weld something together for me.Overall, as you can tell I'm really pleased with the investment. It makes the brewing process easier and lets me focus on the more interesting stuff. I suspect some of the folks who are questioning this product haven't actually seen one in use--which makes me wonder why anybody would submit a review for a product they don't have actual experience with? I think a Ferrari is expensive but I wouldn't criticize it unless I actually drove one first.February 11, 2010Information on Propane ManifoldHello all - John here from Blichmann Engineering. In reading these reviews there seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding as to why we don't include the gas manifold with the product. Due to the modularity of this product, which is it's best feature, it does require the purchaser to create a gas manifold for it. This is noted on our web page. Basically there are limitless combinations of tier spacing and tier types. So you could have 1,2, or 3 burner tiers (balance being shelves) needing propane, and these can be installed on any of the 4 faces and at any height. Had we designed a limited fixed configuration stand like others offer we would have included the piping. But that means you'd be stuck with that configuration and could never change it as your equipment, batch size and brewing process changed and developed.So it is that very modularity that prevents us from providing pre-fitted piping and fittings for every possible installation. Fortunately these are inexpensive plumbing fittings available at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware etc. and are very easy to assemble with basic tools. If you don't have a plumbing supply store nearby McMaster.com is an on-line source for these parts.We do provide a nice stainless steel bellows type gas hose to connect the burner to the manifold, and hardware to mount the pipe manifold to the stand - these are the more difficult and expensive parts to aquire that are not available at the above stores.Hopefully this clarifies why those parts aren't included with the product.If you have any questions about the product please contact Northern Brewer Tech Support Staff or me directly at firstname.lastname@example.orgAugust 6, 2009No RegretsAfter much consideration I made the purchase of this top tier brewing stand. It was a bit pricey but well worth the $$. Prior to this stand I used step ladders (sometimes my tractor's bucket) and lifted the liquor tun filled with the hot water to the top of the step ladder. Now no more lifting as I also added the March pump. I just wheel my stand out, set the Liquor tun, mash tun and boil kettle in place and pump what ever liduids that need moving. I already had the Floor version of the top teir burner with the legs extenstion. So I stayed with that and did not put the burner on the stand. Once done with the boil I can pump the wort to the fermenator.Russ@ gilbertbrothersbrewingMay 2, 2010Worth Every PennyAnyone who says this could be built for less hasn't put one together and seen the heft of the parts and the quality of the fit and finish. As a big fan of McMaster and other places that sell the much of the hardware that goes into this - I can tell you that the price to put one together (even before you custom fab some of the parts) would far exceed the price of this unit. This will last a lifetime and offers flexibility and simplicity (not to mention portability) that isn't matched by any other system on the market. I could not recommend this more - it is the best brewing purchase I have ever made.February 1, 2010Pretty AwesomeCame in 5 days via FedEx, shipping for the whole thing was $120 for the stand and tower of power and 3 burners (not too bad compared to morebeer's system). The thing is rock solid and easy to put together, you really have to get the torque wrench. Plan it out well as the pieces have to go on the stand in the correct order. The gas manifold was no problem, Home Depot had all the short lengths and connectors needed. Took about 3 days (with my kids in the way). If you get this with TOP, get the extension leg to permanently mount the TOP to the stand. Watching the online YouTube video for assembly more informative than reading the instructions. Waiting for plumber to wire this thing into my house nat gas and dry run with water. Go the extra mile and get the stainless quick connects completes the package.August 10, 2013Top Tier is a well thought out and versatile system!Configuration: 3 burners, Shelf, March Pump Mount, Therminator Mount, Natural gas converted.Stand assembly was easy. For the manifold, piping was a cinch. Pipes at Home Depot are threaded and with enough different lengths to mix and match for whatever your configuration. Manifold assembly was no more difficult than the rest of the stand. Easy to wheel out of the garage and over to the patio.I brew 10 gallon batches. I can heat my strike & sparge water simultaneously, put a little heat on the mash if needed, and start heating up the wort once IÕve sparged a few gallons.Utility Shelf is great to have to place little things (or a beer) in reach while brewing.Overall, Top Tier is a well thought out and versatile system!November 9, 2010Top Tier reviewFirst of all, I can not see how anyone can give a review of this product if they have not purchased or used this product; so their opinion should not matter much. I personally own this system for about a year, and I have to say it's a great product. I have burners on all three levels because I do not want to lift any liquids. If you want a pump to recirulate or pump hot wort out to your carboy- then great. This is a beautifully built gravity system that will last the test of time. If you want a system with more bells and whistles so you can watch the system make beer for you then go buy that product. The only thing I could complain about is that even with wheels its awfully heavy to move around.December 13, 2010Top NotchGreat system, portability, ease of construction, buy this system!November 10, 2013constructionI KNEW I WAS BUYING QUALITY BUT THE QUALITY OF THIS PRODUCT GREATLY SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONSJuly 13, 2014Rock solid and happy with purchaseI ordered the Top Tier with 3 burners, therminator mounting bracket and march pump mounting bracket and have brewed one batch on it and I am completely satisfied with the purchaseInstallation was fairly straight forward if you are somewhat handy already. It is certainly a solid piece of equipment. What took me the longest was assembly of the burners/brackets and figuring out how to arrange them, but it was from me thinking about things before acting and having to redo things.The instructions require the use of a torque wrench which I had to purchase separately. Since your dealing with 10+ gallons of hot liquid I'd recommend using the torque wrench to ensure everything is tightened appropriately, but it will run you a few more dollars than a regular wrench, ~ $65.Assembly of the base stand was an easy one person job along with assembly of the burners, however actually putting the burners on is a job I'd recommend having a extra set of hands help with.The gas manifold was easy to assembly and I easily found the parts needed at home depot so I can't fault Blichmann for not including them since they were easy to get.April 26, 2011
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 8 answersWhat is included in the standard configuration? Or is it JUST the stand and I configure it?BEST ANSWER: The system comes with the 'pole', the bottom stand section, enough nuts/bolts, and whatever three things you ask for when ordering, either one burner and two stands, or two burners and one stand, or like what I did - three burners. You do get the propane gas tank connector/regulator ... but the gas manifold (gas plumbing) is NOT included. Not too difficult to build, everything you need you can find at any hardware store (Lowe's / Home Depot), but it will take some time to envision it and plan it. I really like this system ... I've been using this system (10 gallon batches) for about 6 months (4 brew days) and so far I love it.Does the pump mounting bracket support different pump brands, or just March? Same question for the plate chiller mount.BEST ANSWER: The pump mount works on the march, or is easy to make work on the chugger since the holes are nearly identical. The chiller mounting bracket is designed around the therminator and is really the only one we know that works.Does the pump mounting bracket support other pump brands, or just March? Same question for plate chiller mounting bracket.
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