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Old 11-23-2008, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default Apartment brewers unite!

So my landlord has this absurd rule that upstairs residents cannot use propane on the deck. Actually you are not supposed to store anything on there, but I've had weld wheels and my drag racing slicks up there for a couple years now. I haven't broken the propane rule with the deck before, but I have see some people's gas grills mysteriously disappear from time to time. Anyways, I finally gave up on trying to get 6 gallons of wort boiling on a POS gas stove. Even with two burners and a metal thermal blanket thingy on the 40qt pot it still would BARELY boil. It was pretty much a simmer. So... I went to HD, Lowes, and Walmart today... ended up getting the backyard burner from Walmart for like 38 bucks. The thing is actually pretty decent... welded, sturdy... the regulator sucks ass though. I may replace that part of it. Anyways... I can brew at night at 430pm now so its game on! I crafted a little box to hide my propane from pissy residents while I brew. Secret Apartment Outdoor Deck Brewer!!! My neighbor already came home and thought I was distilling whiskey

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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FLAME ON!!!!!!!

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:53 AM   #3
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Sweet, I too am an apartment brewer who has to hide my set-up. I dont do a very good job of it. I just give all of my neighbors beer. Gotta grease the wheel.

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Old 11-23-2008, 02:10 AM   #4
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I am an apartment brewer too but, I live on the ground floor so I have a cement patio and a huge storage closet that I use as a little workshop. I am allowed to use propane but, I have gotten yelled at once. One time, after collecting 7.5 gallons of wort from my mashton I placed the hose on the concrete and let it drain into the grass. Note: 150+ degree wort (even at that low of a gravity) kills grass and it takes awhile to come back. I was asked by our groundskeeper if I poured oil on the grass. I just acted like I had no idea what he was talking about.

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Old 11-23-2008, 02:17 AM   #5
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I was asked by our groundskeeper if I poured oil on the grass. I just acted like I had no idea what he was talking about.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:59 AM   #6
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did he have proof??? HAHAHHA

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I decided to go for the electric setup. I brew with the range on and a heatstick that I made. I think it does caramelize the wort a bit but I don't really make anything that I want to be really light so I'm not worried about it. The worst part is the cleanup! I really wish I had a hose I could hookup because cleaning in the bathtub sucks big time!

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Old 11-23-2008, 12:45 PM   #8
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i just moved into a new apartment too. I'm not allowed to use my turkey fryer on my deck, but its also in VT, so a little cold. I think I'm going to use the stove during the winter and brew on the sidewalk when it warms up. I also have to change out my kitchen faucet, as the sink is so shallow, I can barely fit a 12oz beer bottle under the tap.

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:36 PM   #9
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I have a hose connector on my kitchen faucet and run 40' of 3/8" out to my deck. That runs the immersion chiller, and makes cleanup easy. You can save the first 5 gallons of warm water and dump the rest over the side. After you pull out the IC, just dunk it in the warm water.

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I have a hose connector on my kitchen faucet and run 40' of 3/8" out to my deck. That runs the immersion chiller, and makes cleanup easy. You can save the first 5 gallons of warm water and dump the rest over the side. After you pull out the IC, just dunk it in the warm water.
Or use that 5 gallons of warm water for cleanup and save a whale or something.
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