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Offline imperialstout

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DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:21:47 PM »
Wondering if there may be room in AHA on-line or in Zymurgy magazine for a Do-It-Yourself brew system section? I like to look at the brew set ups in "Pimp My System" for the same reason I like to look at restored and tricked out cars at the auto shows, they are interesting and awesome to look at but largely unattainable by most people. Most of these systems cost in the thousands of dollars if not more. Nice but only a few can afford to build them. They may be owner built and operated but still the club is limited.

Wondering if a similar section about systems costing in the hundreds of dollars could be developed. "Charlie Asks", a system capacity survey on the AHA home page, reports that 60% of respondents have 5 to 10 gallon systems. I believe most of these brewers have just moved out of the kitchen and into the garage, built a simple plywood bench, heat with a 10" propane burner and brew by hand without automated computer controlled pump systems.

With so many brewers using a simple but cost effective garage based home built system I suspect there would be a lot of interest in a DIY brewing system section. A DIY section would also attract advertisers with $200 8-10 gallon brew pots, $100 propane burners, $50 cooler / mash tuns and various accessories.

Would anyone else be interested in getting ideas of how the average working person moved from the kitchen into the garage and the affordable brewing systems they put together?

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Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 08:38:10 PM »
The DIY gadget issue is pretty popular, so I can't see why this wouldn't be. Even if not recurring I'm sure it would make a good article to go over a few of the PMS entries.
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Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 08:39:32 PM »
I like to look at the brew set ups in "Pimp My System" for the same reason I like to look at restored and tricked out cars at the auto shows, they are interesting and awesome to look at but largely unattainable by most people.


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Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2013, 08:11:54 AM »
There are a few featured - like this one - that are not sports cars.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/pimp-my-system/show?title=gary-johnsons-ogs-grogg-brewtree
 
But it does look like most that get featured are the expensive, automated systems. This really isn't the stated purpose of the Pimp My System section, but either not enough people are submitting less expensive systems or the interns need some re-education. I can think of several low-tech systems that have been posted that haven't been featured.

That said - the low tech systems that have been featured are usually innovative in some other way.
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Re: DIY version of "Pimp My System"
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2013, 10:13:23 AM »
I think it's a nice idea, maybe each month have a high-end and entry level DIY system in the magazine.
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