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Old 09-04-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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So I've never been the strongest guy (I'd rather brew and drink homebrew then lift weights... priorities), and with my new fermentation chamber I've realized that I'll be needing to lift a full carboy up and over the chest freezer wall. Getting it in is not an issue but pulling it out (the leaning over and lifting) is kind of a pain. I'd like to make it easier on myself before I hurt something, so I thought getting a few "brewhaulers" and a pulley/hoist system (this is all in my basement with exposed wood supports I can attach this too), would be a back saver. The chest freezer I got was free and works fine, but seems to be abnormally tall for some reason.

Any thoughts or suggestions on how I can achieve this? I've seen pics of setups people have over the years, but can't seem to find them now.

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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In the words of me and my fellows employees that lift heavy crap.......when lifting a carboy........Dont poop your dick!!

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:25 PM   #3
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Have you considered pushing your beer with Co2? I ferment in a chest freezer and have never lifted a full carboy/bucket in or out of it.

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definitely a multiple pulley system.....

Pulley hook, or pulley with a claspable chain to grab your BUCKET or KEG. Do this with even a plastic carboy and you are asking for americas funniest home videos.

Pulley on the cieling (stud mounted carefully)

Ring mounted similarly in ceiling.


center the stationary ring and the stationary pulley 18 inches apart centered over the FRONT of the Keezer.

You have to push or pull the keg (or bucket) in or out while pulling the rope, but the effort is pretty minimal.

Pushing with Co2 is smarter, although you then have fermenters that never enter the keezer.

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Cheezy, whats the ring for?

bad67, that would be nice, but probably not work in my situation, only because I don't know how I could fill the carboys while they are in the chest freezer, on brew day. It seems like more of a hassle.

abarker, exactly! Hernias are not fun....

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the rope goes from the ring in the cieling, down to the pulley that hooks onto the bucket, back up to Pulley #2, and down to your hands pulling on it.

The second pulley halves the amount of force (friction notwithstanding) required to lift, but does it half as quickly. The Stationary ring holds half of the weight. Wish I had a diagram....



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pulley1a.svg

The the ring is where the "rope" just sort of ends in the cieling.

You can add pulleys to further displace weight but at some point you need 100 ft of rope to lift something 4 feet. As such:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pulley3a.svg

Did this in my basement (2 pullies). It pays to have something to tie off to nearby like a post in case you want to suspend something to syphon into the keezer.

Works GREAT!! I can lift a full keg with one hand and easilly direct it into the Keezer witgh the other.

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even a single pulley would help -
good graphic, Cheesy. While you were hunting that down, I drew this....

I know, I know...better than I thought. Might have to think about some studio work....

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This is great! Thanks guys.

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even a single pulley would help -
good graphic, Cheesy. While you were hunting that down, I drew this....

I know, I know...better than I thought. Might have to think about some studio work....
Lol, nice!

With the friction and the direction of pulling, I found 1 pulley to be of no real help.

2 makes it a breeze.
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...With the friction and the direction of pulling, I found 1 pulley to be of no real help.

2 makes it a breeze.

Hmmm - no wonder my 'kayak lifter' sucks !
alterations in my near future.
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