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Old 07-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Want to brew in garage but no water supply. Suggestions?

I bought a 1/2 bbl keg, I'm all ready to convert it to a keggle, I've got my eye on a propane burner at cabella's. And so I'm ready to give my electric stovetop a rest and move the brewery to the garage. The only problem..... no water supply.

I live in an apartment where the living area is above the garage, so hosing from the sink is out. Also, the lawn is on an automatic sprinkler so there are no outside faucets, so thats out too. I have no problem lugging my old 30 qt kettle down from the kitchen for strike/sparge water, but how am I going to cool the wort?

Do you think I could siphon ice water through an immersion chiller?

Has anybody dealt with this problem, or does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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I measure my water in a bottling bucket and lug it up the stairs from the basement to the garage. I have to do this for each infusion which is kind of annoying, but it works.

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
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Well my first thought is throwing a hose out a window near the sink to fill with then use for cooling later. Otherwise you may be able to get icewater in your bottling bucket, hang that up on a ladder and run it through your cooling loop, but I have not tried that myself.

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well if plumbing a new connection is out of the question then using a bucket/garbage can with cold/ice water with a circulator pump hooked to your wort chiller is a possibility.

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Lugging water is a PITA, IMO.

I am actually really surprised that there isn't a hose bib. Sometimes in apartment buildings they are behind a access door that can be opened with a pair of needlenose pliers and may need a hydtant key (available at lowes) to open the valve. Look for rectangular, galvanized little doors (about 4x6).

Beyond that, you might talk to the maintenance man about having a valve installed on the water in line to you water tank. Check the apartment policy restrictions regarding grills before you approach maintenance tho'. They might not appreciate an open flame in the garage and may not be willing to facilitate the practice.

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well if plumbing a new connection is out of the question then using a bucket/garbage can with cold/ice water with a circulator pump hooked to your wort chiller is a possibility.
Do you think I would get enough flow just siphoning? I'm just guessing I get the water moving at 5 ft/second. With a 3/8" immersion chiller, thats about 1.72 gallons/minute. So with a 7 gallon tank, that gives me 4 minutes, plenty of time to send jack and jill up the hill to fetch an ale pail of ice water.
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Beyond that, you might talk to the maintenance man about having a valve installed on the water in line to you water tank.
Water tank is in laundry room, upstairs. Oh, and not sure what policy is on grills in garage, but I do it all the time so shouldn't be a problem.
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Im sure you could siphon the the water through the the chiller but you should be able to get a small fountain pump cheap that will do what you need and save water and effort. the pump doesnt need to be food grade and doesnt need to handle high temps or put out a lot of pressure.

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Im sure you could siphon the the water through the the chiller but you should be able to get a small fountain pump cheap that will do what you need and save water and effort. the pump doesnt need to be food grade and doesnt need to handle high temps or put out a lot of pressure.
That's true, usually when I think of pumps related to brewing I think expensive. But I bet I could get one pretty cheap.
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I have a spigot in my garage, but I'm not going to run water from a garden hose for brewing beer. Fortunatley my kitchen is right inside of the door goingt form the garage to the house. I run water back and forth from the kitchen sink, but it's only 35 feet or so, so it's tolerable.

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