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Old 01-22-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default All grain apartment brewing on balcony! First time brewer

Hey everyone, new to the site and brewing in general. Not sure why it took me so long to decide that I should stop buying and start making a beverage that I drink more than water. Thanks for all the info on this site that I used to research for all of my supplies and brewing knowledge.

So I live in NYC and have a rather large apartment compared to most city dwellers. All of the brewing will take place on my 4'x8' balcony with the exception of using a plate chiller in my bathtub. All of my supplies have been ordered and I'm having a pro plasma through some kegs. There will be a total of 3 keggles, no pump (in the beginning), and 1 bayou burner.

I'm really hoping the system works. I'm thinking about having some kind of tier system to prevent any scolding hot water on my skin...never a good thing. Ideas are welcome and stay posted for pictures and updates. Hoping to have everything ready to brew by next Saturday, 1/30.

In case you were wondering, all keggles will have stainless steel ball valves fittings. 1 will have a boil screen for the boil keggle, 1 will have a false bottom with arm connected to the fitting, and 1 will just be for the sparge water.

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Old 01-22-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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welcome to the site :-)

Sounds interesting.. but I would reconsider that pump. Moving keggles full of water is no easy task, unless you tier them to begin with. I'm guessing the tiering will be difficult though because of the space constraints.

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Check out http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/

Lots of good tips for informal brewing. Using a pitcher it is pretty easy to move sparge water. Be careful if you start stacking things to make an impromptu sculpture.

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Thanks for the tips but I have a friend helping me with any water/wort movement. Shouldn't be a problem, anyways going to get a pump after a few batches probably, depending on difficulty and amount of craigslist posts titled "march pump" lol.

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Might want to investigate using electric eventually. That could get you off the balcony and move your brewing inside. Careful with the LP.

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