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Old 06-20-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Walking home today, I noticed a toploader washing machine that someone had left out for the garbage people to collect. It's been there a few days. As one does in this hobby I thought "I wonder if I could use that to brew".

I looked inside to see if there was stainless steel or, I don't know, if the holy spirit would descend upon me and say "Lo! drag it home, that'll be great for brewing in"

Now, I've never been much of a DIYer, more a pale, wan aesthete leafing through a slim volume of experimental poetry, who has to call an electrician if a fuse blows. I've got much better since brewing but I know my limitations. I pretty much have to follow detailed instructions, so I came home and googled the idea.

This came up.

Homepage von Michael Fey, Duisburg

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My german aint great, but I'll see if I can make any sense of it. If I have to mess with electric wires or computers, that machine is staying at the side of the road and I'm sticking with my stockpots.

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Old 06-20-2009, 10:58 PM   #2
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It's all greek to me.

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Old 06-20-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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But it's a natty idea, you must admit.

I've been struggling through the HTML downloads on his site, if only it were a separate page, google would've done the hard work for me. It would appear that a washing machine is a perforated drum within a stainless steel drum heated by water heating elements. At $0 it's quite a bit cheaper than High Gravity's electric keggle.

There appears to be some messing about with the electrics, so I'm going to have to let this one go, but I really like the idea.

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Old 06-20-2009, 11:13 PM   #4
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IIRC there a translation of the page floating around the interwebz...we have had a thread on this topic, I think around christmas....you might want to do a search.

I know I've seen that page and am pretty sure I have seen it in english...

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Just use Yahoo's Babal Fish webpage translator. Yahoo! Babel Fish - Text Translation and Web Page Translation

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Old 06-20-2009, 11:59 PM   #6
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Christmas you say, Revvy? Thanks I'll have a look. To tell you the truth, I searched this forum for about 20 minutes before posting. My experience is, if someone somewhere in the world has brewed something interesting, chances are, it's been discussed on this forum.

I search this forum in three ways: hit the section and trawl backwards, type something into google and look for HBT to come up. If I'm desperate, I use the forum's search function. The first two tend to be quicker and more reliable.

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Old 06-21-2009, 01:38 AM   #7
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you could always just ask the resident American bi-linguist electrician who happens to have German as his second language.....

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Old 06-21-2009, 01:47 AM   #8
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Original text with my translation after it:

Mann besorge sich einfach einen gebrauchten Toplader aus den gängigen Inserats - Zeitungen und baut dann die Waschmaschine zur Hausbrau - Anlage um. Wie das geht, erkläre ich später ! Natürlich steht die Sauberkeit und die Sicherheit immer im Vordergrund.
The first thing you need to do is to find yourself a top-loading washing machine out of any local paper inserts (want ads), and then turn the washing machine into a home brewing system. How this works I'll explain later. Naturally the cleanliness and safety of the system is first and foremost.

Bier brauen ist leichter als man glaubt. Wenn man die Rezepte genau befolgt, erhält man ein super Bier, was sich ganz wesentlich in der Qualität von den Industrie - Bieren unterscheidet.

Brewing beer is a lot easier that most people believe. If you follow the recipe exactly, you can brew a super beer that most definitely places itself well above the industrially brewed beers as far as quality goes.


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Mann besorge sich einfach einen gebrauchten Toplader aus den gängigen Inserats - Zeitungen und baut dann die Waschmaschine zur Hausbrau - Anlage um. Wie das geht, erkläre ich später ! Natürlich steht die Sauberkeit und die Sicherheit immer im Vordergrund.

Man procures himself simply a used Toplader from usual advertisement - newspapers and then the washing machine builds to house-brews - the plant over. How goes, I explain later! Naturally cleanliness and security are the center of attention always.

Bier brauen ist leichter als man glaubt. Wenn man die Rezepte genau befolgt, erhält man ein super Bier, was sich ganz wesentlich in der Qualität von den Industrie - Bieren unterscheidet.

Beer brew is more easily than one believes. If one obeys the prescriptions exactly, one receives a super beer, which itself completely substantially in the quality of the industry - beers differentiates.


......you decide if I can translate it for you or not

(this post is in response to a PM I received about my arrogance...thank you)

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I have seen that before. You'll need a top loader washing mashine that can heat water. Problem us that they are unavailabe or not common in the US.

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Another option would be to convert it to a cider press to do your own cider (and mass quanities of apfelwein)

THE MAYTAG CIDER PRESS

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