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Your coolest brewing contraption
« on: January 05, 2011, 08:20:00 PM »
I can't afford most of the brewing stuffs I'd like to have so I build stuffs from scratch.
Instead of a conical fermenter, I built a rack for 4 Carboys or brew-pails that is inclined at 60 degrees.
I used my Brad Nailer, furring strips and gorilla glue, all screwed and glued to the ceiling joist in my man-cave.
This creates a nice convection effect in the carboy during primary fermentation.
I also made a nice furring strip bracket for a bottling bucket gone leaky where the hole was made to 2 1/2''
In the hole, I inserted the unused cup dispenser of my mash tun water cooler as a chute for grain in my corona mill.
the handle was replaced by a piece of threaded rod. My 18V cordless drill gets 10Lbs of grain milled in a few minutes.
A clean kitchen towel with 2 clothe pins guide the grist in the bucket below.
The bike rack in the garage holds my bag of grains when I brew in a bag and the pulleys work like a charm.

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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011, 08:45:32 PM »
I made a sparge ring(for fly sparging) with 1/2" copper pipe, drilled lots of holes in the sides and bottom and soldered 4 lengths of 8 gauge solid copper wire to it.  I can adjust the height of the ring above the grain bed by bending the copper wire over the edge of my keg mash tun. 
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011, 08:57:08 PM »
I made a pre-chiller out of an old a/c evaporator coil.
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011, 07:21:37 AM »
Can we see some photos of these creations?

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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011, 08:18:08 AM »
You guys need to submit these neat inventions to Zymurgy's next gadget issue. 

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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2011, 09:19:12 AM »
Well this is the first time I post anythin on a forum.
I don't know how to insert pictures, but I have plenty of it.
I just have this img funny symbol without prompt...

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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2011, 09:38:44 AM »
My hands... especially my opposable thumbs!
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011, 09:44:42 AM »
Well this is the first time I post anythin on a forum.
I don't know how to insert pictures, but I have plenty of it.
I just have this img funny symbol without prompt...

You can't post pics directly.  You have to host them somewhere than put a link to the pics in your post.
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 10:12:18 AM »
I'm a DIY person. I've convinced myself I can make a better mouse trap. ::)  Here are some of the contraptions I've made for the brewery. Most are the result of other brewers posting ideas & pics of their contraptions.  Cheers!!!

Grain Mill with bucket for added capacity


Mash Tun




Immersion Chiller


Conical Fermenter and Fermentation Box



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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 12:18:36 PM »
That wort chiller sure is elaborate looking.  Nice work.
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 03:21:48 PM »
That wort chiller sure is elaborate looking.  Nice work.
Thanks!!  I wanted the capacity for 10 gallons but a low enough profile to effectively do 5 if I did one, which I have with splits from a partigyle.  The templates were a joint compound bucket & a coffee can and then laced with #14 copper wire.  ;D Cheers!!!
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2011, 08:57:34 PM »
Drip tray



Grain mill



Pre-chiller



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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 11:54:30 PM »
I like the grain mill into the cabinet idea, nice.  

I've wanted to try a hopback at home for a while.  I'm not sure why, hops added to a 10 min whirl have always worked just fine.  Anyway, tried it out today and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked.  Instantaneous hop aroma, hope that comes through in the final product (American Barleywine).  Basically I used a stainless storage canister, a coffee gold filter, quick connects so it can plug directly into my kettle and that's about it.  It held 3 ounces of hops.  I had to throttle back the pump so I could keep the hops completely submerged during the entire transfer (no flow problems).  



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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2011, 10:11:02 AM »

I've wanted to try a hopback at home for a while.  I'm not sure why, hops added to a 10 min whirl have always worked just fine.  Anyway, tried it out today and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked.  Instantaneous hop aroma, hope that comes through in the final product (American Barleywine).  Basically I used a stainless storage canister, a coffee gold filter, quick connects so it can plug directly into my kettle and that's about it.  It held 3 ounces of hops.  I had to throttle back the pump so I could keep the hops completely submerged during the entire transfer (no flow problems).  

That's a heck of an idea!!!  Cheers!!!
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Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2011, 03:09:10 PM »
Just curious:  Why is your hopback configured that way?   Which is the input and which is the output?  Where are the hops relative to the filter (above/below)?