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Old 10-30-2007, 01:41 PM   #11
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I would suggest getting a sump pump and a bucket. I bought this one from Harbor Freght.

Put pump in bucket, fill bucket with water (just regular cold water to start). Hook pump up to chiller and turn it on. Since you won't have new water running through it to begin with, the water in the bucket will start to heat up fairly quickly. You can either, start replacing the hot water coming out with buckets of fresh cooler water, or adding ice into the bucket. You will go through a quite of bit of ice though.

You could use the hot water coming out to fill up any dirty pots you have from the brew and use it to clean with.


Another idea is to move the hot wort (very carefully) back inside and hook the chiller up to the faucet in your kitchen sink.

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Old 10-30-2007, 01:41 PM   #12
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you might want to look at an aquarium pump and the recirculating method, I saw it in a thread here a little while ago
edited sorry I didnt read the whole thread

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Old 10-30-2007, 01:43 PM   #13
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Just a question...do people (honestly) produce good tasting beer just using partial boil extract w/ steeping grain methods?
Yes, there are even some brewpubs who brew extract beers.

Still, anyone who brews AG will tell you that their beers definitely improved. You can compromise, and go PM if you want. A partial mash will still allow you to do smaller boils if you need to, but allow you to mash some grain for a fresher taste as well as use grains that can only be mashed. That may be the direction to head if you're unable to go AG at this time.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:54 PM   #14
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Still, anyone who brews AG will tell you that their beers definitely improved. You can compromise, and go PM if you want. A partial mash will still allow you to do smaller boils if you need to, but allow you to mash some grain for a fresher taste as well as use grains that can only be mashed. That may be the direction to head if you're unable to go AG at this time.
You may be right and that may be the right approach for me. My understanding (correct me if I am wrong) is that PM is not that must more difficult than steeping grain.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:01 PM   #15
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You may be right and that may be the right approach for me. My understanding (correct me if I am wrong) is that PM is not that must more difficult than steeping grain.
Right. My first PM was a kit from austinhomebrew.com and it was exactly like steeping grain except there was more attention paid to the temperature of the steep (mash) and the time. I did it right in my brewpot with 2.5 gallons of 155 degree water for 45 minutes.

Then, my second PM was done in my bottling bucket with a big grain bag lining it. I wrapped the bucket with a sleeping bag to hold the temperature.

There are lots of ways to do AG and PM and very few of us have an ideal setup. You can definitely think of ways to work around your home's limitations.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:05 PM   #16
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do you have a washer and dryer in your unit

if so you can hook up a garden hose to the hose to the washer

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Old 10-30-2007, 09:15 PM   #17
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Edit- I just had another thought. You could use a pump and fill a cooler with water and ice and just pump that through. I know there are people on water restrictions that do that, but I'm not sure of the details.

Yoop has your answer. Recirculate cold water through a pump.
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if theres a will theres a way. as long as u have a cold pottable water line runnin anywhere in the house your good to go. brick will take a lil more time, rent a hammer drill etc. but all it is, is a small hole on the outside, cut in on teh inside, throw in the frostproof spiguit, and connect with some pipes...easy! lil better than runnin hoses throughout the house.

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Old 10-31-2007, 03:04 AM   #19
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i dont know how to delete this post....sorry

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Old 10-31-2007, 07:10 AM   #20
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just ask the contractor what he thinks about a spigot and report back to us. If he tries to give you a pile of BS, we'll be able to tell ya.

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