The Top Tier 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 Top Tier Modular Brewing Stand, Click Here!
How to Order a Top Tier 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.
- Very happy Review by sol
This has taken my 6hr AG brew day down to 4hrs. I only use the pump to xfer water up to HLT and plate chilling at the end. Gravity does the rest. 2 burners and not having to do the kettle shuffle really speeds things up. I highly recommend getting a pump if you use a HLT burner on the top. You can just pour water into your BK and pump it up. If not you will have to haus a filled HLT kettle 6 feet up or get even higher to pour it in.
Construction is SOLID. My back patio slab is angled and I was able to easily level the stand as well as level all the tiers. There is no wobble or flimsy flam, just rock solid.
The only flaw that I found was the rusting of the gas T fittings that were included. You supply the main gas line pipe which will develop ugly surface rust as well. It was an easy fix. Just took a wire wheel and knocked off rust(unnecessary if it is new) then primed and pained the gas lines/fittings with some rustolium black. Do this before assembly to avoid this issue. I live in a high humidity area and it is setup outside uncovered. So far there is no corrosion or rust on any of the top tier system parts ie tiers, center column, and leg assembly.
I was torn between a single tier and this top tier. I chose this and I am very happy with my decision. The price is well justified due to the quality of the materials and design.
(Posted on 8/30/12)
- quality Review by Amnestic
- Rock solid and happy with purchase Review by Tony
Installation 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.
(Posted on 4/26/11)
- Top Tier review Review by Roberto
- Instructional Video Review by azbrewer
I found a great video on how to build the stand here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmhubUMqmD4 (Posted on 12/8/10)
- There are other Options Review by Chuckie
- Top Tier is a well thought out and versatile system! Review by Matt
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 I’ve 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!
(Posted on 11/9/10)
- One of my best home brewing purchases! Review by Richie
I have had my stand for about a week and love it!! This stand is so flexible with the modularity aspect. You can have all tiers low to the ground if you want and you certainly don't need a ladder and have to do anything above your head if you don't want to.
It is built like a tank and very well made which certainly justifies the high price tag. The burners are amazing; really powerful and almost silent.
The stand took about 6 hours for me to assemble, which included a quick trip to Lowes to pick up the 1/2" pipe for the gas manifold. I highly recommend a torque wrench (Sears sells one for about $25) and sockets. It makes putting together the components easy and prevents you from over or under tightening. Also you need a second person to help you put the burners onto the stand. I struggled by myself and did it, but woke up the next day with a bad back and strained muscles.
(Posted on 10/15/10)
- Built like a tank Review by MRG Brewing
Plan on 3 hours of leisure to assemble it the way you want it. Isn't this part of the reason you bought it in the first place?
NH (Posted on 6/26/10)
- Straightforward assembly...if you follow all the tips! Review by Mike
Be sure to think about all the little details of your setup. I am using a rect cooler for my tun. I have a burner on the bottom (boil), shelf in middle (tun), burner on top (HLT). I first installed the boil burner on the left, tun shelf on the right. Then I realized that this put the cooler hinge on the outside, which would have resulted in an awkward position to add grain. I could have just turned the unit around but then the gas manifold would be facing away from me, making it a bit of a pain to walk around the stand to adjust burners. Thankfully, it's easy to disassemble and reconfigure, but wish I'd thought of it first.
The gas manifold was no problem. Local Lowe's had 1/2" pre-threaded cast iron pipe in multiple lengths. Big tip - tighten all gas fittings completely before mounting the pipe on the stand. It's hard to do after the manifold is already mounted.
OK, I'll stop except to say this product is really well built and sturdy. I can't comment on "value" except to say that it met my budget, I got it really fast (less than a week) and I've already benefited from the easy ability to reconfigured. (Posted on 5/18/10)
- No Regrets Review by Russ82nd
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@ gilbertbrothersbrewing (Posted on 5/2/10)
- Best Purchase I Have Ever Made!!! Review by mzeman
After many sessions of lifting heavy pots off of the kitchen stove and a variety of turkey fryers, I decided to get a 3 burner setup. I considered building a two level setup, but garage space and layout really didn't make a long work area a feasible option. Instead, I decided to purchase the Top Tier with 3 burners to go along with my 15 gallon Boilermaker pots. My first impression was that the parts were much more massive and quite a bit heavier than I had expected. Assembly was very straightforward - the instructions were easy to follow and the fit and finish of the parts was excellent so everything went together without modification like many other things I have purchased over the years. After converting the unit to natural gas (5 minute operation), I brewed an all-grain pale ale and it was absolutely the most relaxing brew session I have ever had. Thanks to the three tiers, gravity really did all the work. I never had to lift a full pot and was shocked at how fast the burners heated the water. After 4-1/2 hours, the batch was in the carboy and I had rolled the unit to its home in the corner of the garage, out of everyone's way. A couple of observations:
-If you build a water manifold with an outlet for your top kettle and one down low for the counterflow chiller, it makes life alot easier. Quick disconnects makes it even better.
-It is a good thing that it doesnt come with standard lengths of 1/2" black pipe for the gas. It is cheap and easy to get at any hardware store and as I found out, having that flexibility is very nice if you want to adjust where you put each tier (I did 3 times over the course of a couple hours before I found the combination that looked right and fit best in my garage).
-If you have natural gas, you can convert it for free in just a few minutes and it is very nice not to have to worry about the tank going empty!
-The pictures don't do it justice - this thing is alot more beefy than it looks - very impressive once it is loaded with a set of Boilermakers.
-I have no real complaints other than it took me a while to figure out the best place to mount my Therminator chiller. The chiller mounting bracket really doesn't fit anywhere very well (A U shaped mounting bracket instead of an L shape would make it easier). Since Blichmann makes both, it would be nice if he gave some example setups in the instructions or offered a custom bracket to mount the Therminator to the Top Tier.
-If you have a beer-dedicated garage with lots of room, love to fabricate, or don't like things that look cool, the Top Tier may not be for you. But for me, I really could not imagine a better system. (Posted on 2/1/10)