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So with the new conical fermenter proudly waiting to be used (Cheers Nick) I have a slight issue
I rely on gravity for liquid transfer in my brewing setup
So I used to lift the BK up onto a stand after the boil and drain into my fermenter then place fermenter into temp controlled fridge this stand is about half a meter high which is just manageable but the new conical sits way higher I cant lift 30l plus keggle weight any higher than what i do now, Thats my first issue
Next is coming kegging time I used to lift full fermenter up onto kitchen bench and let er flow now I thinking I also wont be able to lift a full conical that high also
I need to buy a new fermenting fridge to suit said conical anyways so I'm looking at fridges that have the freezer part below to lift it up a bit higher to suit the kegging issue but how do I get cooled wort into fermenter etc safely without the risk of infections
You could just sanitize our old fermenter or biggest stock pot or cleanest bucket then catch the beer and tip/ siphon / drain with tap if it as one it into keg or fermenter. 3 lifts of 10L + light vessel is a lot easier than 1 lift of 30L + keg. Also at kegging time I'm guessing you would get a keg full of beer into a standard plastic fermenter on the floor and be well under the tap on your conical.
I always have to drag my keg fermenter with 40+L of beer up onto the deck the night before bottling or kegging to get it high enough, what a pain. Sometimes I think about making a shelf to put the fridge on but then I would just have to lift it on brew day instead. I have a pump but brew too far from the fermentation chamber for that to help. Maybe one day I will build a flash rig on wheels then I can have the fridge up a bit higher and just wheel it over the the fridge and pump the beer in.
Yeah I like the idea of 3 small lifts vs one back breaking one and if my fermenting fridge is high enough i can just drain from that to keg rather then risking oxidising the fermented wort
Hey Nathan I had the same problem. This is how I sorted it (see pic's). Basically put some d-bolts on the edge of my BK then built a crude rolling gantry with a $55.00 chain block. Going to use the same system with my new 60ltr when Nick lets me have it.
Nice work, I reckon im gonna go with the small lists and have my fermenting fridge on a stand to get it high enough to keg straight out from, Failing that I could just brew and keg at your place then bring kegs to my place for serving hahahahahaha
If you come across any fridges that will suit a 30l conical let me know
The other option would be a food grade pump. It probably wouldn't have to be an expensive magnetic drive one if you were pumping cold wort. I've seen little 12v and 24v ones on trade me, I don't imagine they use a lot of power so you could probably butcher a power supply form an old hard drive or cordless phone or something.
Yeah I'm looking into pumps but reckon id need it on a remote switch so I can shut er down in an instant if needed