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Old 07-16-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default No More Lifting Heavy Carboys and Buckets?

Well since my back isn't what it use to be and since I now ferment in a chest freezer and there's even more lifting involved, I decided to get some items to help me lift! Maybe a waste of time and maybe over complicating it but what the heck... worth a shot!

I've not gotten it all hooked up yet, but here's the video talkin 'bout it!

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First, start the video at 5:30 unless you want to hear him talk about DJ's on Youtube. I will refrain from comments on that part of the video.

Second, it's a simple manual pulley system using a brew hauler around carboys with a rope loop attaching the two handles.

I think your system will work fine so long as you find a way to balance the loop. Otherwise I see a lot of liquid pouring from a tipped carboy.

Have you thought about using cornies to ferment? Lighter...have handles already...wouldn't tip when you attach a pulley...OR you could just push it out of the corny with pressure...just a thought.

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how many beers did you drink before making this video?

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Why not just use a mounted march pump to transfer? Would be much easier!

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Why not just use a mounted march pump to transfer? Would be much easier!
Not sure how you would get the prime.

You could just lift up the chest freezer on some structure though, then you could just autosiphon.
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Have you thought about using cornies to ferment? Lighter...have handles already...wouldn't tip when you attach a pulley...OR you could just push it out of the corny with pressure...just a thought.
Yup, pushing beer around with CO2 pressure is the simplest approach.
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Yeah, use the better bottles and just use the Co2 to transfer to the kegs in the keezer.

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First, start the video at 5:30 unless you want to hear him talk about DJ's on Youtube. I will refrain from comments on that part of the video.

Second, it's a simple manual pulley system using a brew hauler around carboys with a rope loop attaching the two handles.

I think your system will work fine so long as you find a way to balance the loop. Otherwise I see a lot of liquid pouring from a tipped carboy.

Have you thought about using cornies to ferment? Lighter...have handles already...wouldn't tip when you attach a pulley...OR you could just push it out of the corny with pressure...just a thought.
Ha... you didn't like the music part of my video?

Yeah I'm going to test it out full of water this weekend.. if it's too much trouble or to clumsy I'll just ditch it.. but I thought since the stuff was free it would be worth a try?!

Yeah actually I have and may end up going that route! I know others have mentioned better bottles but it's still pretty heavy and still an awkward lift out of a chest freezer... IMO.
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Yeah, use the better bottles and just use the Co2 to transfer to the kegs in the keezer.
Thanks... yeah just as I was saying in the other reply, I thought about better bottles but it's still pretty heavy and with my lower back the way it is, it's not good to lean over in the chest freezer for much weight at all.
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a few hahaha
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