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Title: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: gsandel on February 18, 2011, 03:10:30 AM
My daughter was diagnosed with asthma today.  :-[  Luckily, it seems to be mild and there are good drugs and equipment to deal with it.  :-\

After she got home from the doctors we unpacked a piece of equipment called a nebulizer, basically an air compressor that vaporizes medicine to inhale.  All of the medicine and vaporizing happens at a mouth piece.....remove that and all you have is a fish tank type air compressor with a sterile filter.....a FISH TANK TYPE AIR COMPRESSOR WITH A STERILE FILTER!!!!!

great googily moogily!  If the air is pure enough to medicate someone with, surely it is pure enough to aerate wort!

I guess just got a new piece of brewing equipment.  Now that is some lemonade!!!  :D

Which got me thinking....what would a used medical device like that go for on craigslist.....maybe a cheap piece of equipment to pick up?  Since I now have one (until she moves away in 15 years), I just thought I would share the idea.
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: euge on February 18, 2011, 06:25:24 AM
The filter won't be sterile for long after air moves through it. But I like the idea. Crafty homebrewers... ;)
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: rabid_dingo on February 18, 2011, 09:31:50 AM
I like the way you think.
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: oscarvan on February 18, 2011, 03:07:54 PM
Sorry about the kid..... cool for the brewing!
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: phillamb168 on February 18, 2011, 03:24:01 PM
Which got me thinking....what would a used medical device like that go for on craigslist.....maybe a cheap piece of equipment to pick up?  Since I now have one (until she moves away in 15 years), I just thought I would share the idea.

Used medical equipment? Slap a prescription label on that fish tank pump and the price automatically jumps 1000x.

My dad uses a CPAP machine, I wonder if that's the same sorta thing?
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: morticaixavier on February 18, 2011, 03:59:09 PM
The filter won't be sterile for long after air moves through it. But I like the idea. Crafty homebrewers... ;)

Isn't a sterile filter in this context a filter which will not allow particles as big as microorganisms to pass? kind of like a the filters they use on BMC beer, scrub out all the yeast
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: tom on February 18, 2011, 06:47:22 PM
Yep, it'll be sterile up until the point that it clogs.

Ya sure she doesn't need oxygen? Just in case, ya know, for emergencies maybe?   ;)
Title: Re: making lemonade out of lemons
Post by: gsandel on February 19, 2011, 05:19:14 AM
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Yep, it'll be sterile up until the point that it clogs.

Ya sure she doesn't need oxygen? Just in case, ya know, for emergencies maybe/quote]

Let's hope not ever...as I said, her asthma is mild, but many friends were telling me that some of their kid's asthma had subsided....so I was thinking that you might find this medical device not very expensive on the resale market (ie craigslist).....in checking craigslist....looks like anywhere from $15-$100 (and as low as $22 new on Amazon) and more than a few available in my area....so, all I am saying, besides "give peace a chance" is that if you were looking at wanting to try aerating your wort, a used nebulizer might be the cheap way to go because of the sterile filter action.  Admit it, you would spend more on a single stainless steel fitting, which doesn't do a thing to improve your beer.