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mark taylor (209.240.205.63)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am thinking of fermenting my next ten gal. batch of beer in a sanke keg. My boil pot is a keg and I use an emersion chiller to cool. After cool I will aerate in the keg and pitch yeast, cover and wait.
I am considering mounting a hoist of some sort to the rafters under the eve of my house to lift the fermenter so that I can salvage yeast and transfer beer without racking. Can anyone suggest an inexpensive hoist that they use for this application?
 

Ken Anderson (24.55.255.75)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 07:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I really like the 440 lb 120 volt winch I bought from Harbor Freight (a steal at $60). I mounted it on a gantry crane thing. It looks like a swingset frame on dollies. Works like a charm! But you can just straddle it on the rafters if you need to.
Ken
 

Wykowski (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 08:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

if it's only ten gallons just pick it up,

use brute force, I pick up my Full (11-12gal)keg/kettle all the time, it's easier if you have a buddy, but it's not too heavy or bulky that I can't just carry it by meself (if your built like an NFL lineman, like me)
 

Kevin McDonough (204.38.58.112)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought the same winch that Ken did from Harbor Freight to lift my 30 gallon SS drums. Mounted it on a heavy piece of steel attached to two floor joists in my basement. Works great.
 

Kent Fletcher (206.170.107.30)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 09:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Never mind the winch, do you really want to ferment your beer sitting on all of that stuff in the bottom of the boil kettle? Doesn't sound too apetizing to me.
 

mark taylor (209.240.205.63)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use hop bags so there isn't much stuff in the bottom. Besides, everything that is in the boil pot gets drained into carboys at this time. I will have to probably use a hand cart (dolly) to move the keg into the house to ferment.
 

Jared Cook (67.166.194.109)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I remember long ago, a former frequent poster, Brewess, used to ferment in the boil kettle. She reported nothing but good resluts from doing so.
 

Jeff Preston (207.161.33.204)
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 01:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd buy a pump.
 

Patrick C. (63.250.179.198)
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 01:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Know a good back surgeon, Wykowski?