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Old 12-05-2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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I have to brew in the garage and ferment in the basement. I am planning to use a 7 gal conical fermenter. My thought is to cool the wort upstairs, then siphon it downstairs with about 20' of 1/2" line to the fermenter.

Does this sound reasonable?

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how would I sanitize this setup?

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Old 12-05-2008, 04:02 PM   #2
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This is a fairly interesting idea. You would sanitize by putting sanitizer a bucket and siphoning that before the wort. The only thing I would worry about is the integrity of the 20' hose. It's been a long time since I took a fluids class, but there might be a risk of a cheap hose collapsing if there is too much vaccuum at the top. If you buy a reasonably thick hose, you would be fine, but the cheap stuff at Home Depot might not work.

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Keep in mind that it's going to want to accelerate at 9.8m/s/s over the 8' (or thereabouts) vertical drop, so you might want a valve in line to limit the flow rate.

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Mix up 2.5 gallons of Starsan and run it through the line. It will be sanitized by the time you start to siphon beer. Discard a few first ounces after the beer starts to flow through the end.

Clean the hose with warm water and PBW or BLC. Rinse with hot water using the same method.

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