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Title: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: kgs on July 04, 2021, 03:36:37 pm
My favorite handyperson company has some time for us in a few days and I'm thinking of asking them to install a winch or pulley for lifting the malt pipe out of my Mash & Boil. I can barely lift it myself when it's full of wet grain, even though the M&B is fairly low to the ground, and I worry that I'll lose my balance and fall. (I am short, and though I am fit in other ways I do not have good upper body strength.) I use my M&B just outside the garage under a pavilion -- great protection from the elements, plus light & power.

If you have some sort of simple lift assist I'd love to see pictures to show them.
Title: Re: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: Kevin on July 04, 2021, 05:37:20 pm
I just went to Home Depot and bought this...

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Nite-Ize-CamJam-Large-with-White-Rope-NCJLA-02-R3/313478268?MERCH=REC-_-pipsem-_-300653808-_-313478268-_-N
Title: Re: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: tommymorris on July 04, 2021, 05:55:11 pm
I bought this one for 3 gallon batches. This makes lifting the bag for a 3 gallon batch super light. I really bought it to hold the bag over a bucket to drain. I have mine hung on a nail into the door jam. It seems secure enough for my batches.

https://www.brewinabag.com/products/ratchet-pulley-1-4-metal-150-lbs
Title: Re: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: ynotbrusum on July 04, 2021, 06:15:16 pm
I bought the 3/8ths inch rope model.  I can use it for 10 gallon batches- no problem.  Cheers!
Title: Re: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: kgs on July 05, 2021, 06:13:49 am
Thanks all!
Title: Re: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: kgs on January 02, 2022, 09:04:21 am
I bought the 3/8" pulley months back and on Friday decided to complete this job myself. Got it done in a few minutes for a grand total of $25 (pulley, 5/16" hook, and drill bit). It was an absolute game-changer for yesterday's brew--and it felt far safer to be hoisting the malt pipe from a pulley while standing on the ground than struggling to lift it by hand while standing on a step stool. I did have to get on a step stool to attach the pulley to the hook and then later to release the pulley, but that didn't feel unsafe. After the malt pipe had mostly drained, I realized I could hitch it up a little higher while starting the boil and get the last few drips out.

Several times over the years some brewing process or idea I found on the Internet hasn't panned out... this was not one of those times.
Title: Re: Winch/Pulley/Hoist Pics?
Post by: tommymorris on January 02, 2022, 03:40:07 pm
I bought a pulley a few months ago. It’s great. I primarily use it to hang a BIAB bag over a kettle to collect drips. My batches are 3 gallons so I can lift the bag, but using the pulley feels more controlled and steady and I can obviously leave it hanging on the pulley a lot longer than I can hold it on my own.