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Old 10-18-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default How Do You Go About Picking up 14 1/2 Gallons of Wort?

Just wondering how everyone here goes about picking up their Keggle after the Sparge has finished. Ya see, I have a Gravity fed system that I AM IN LOVE WITH!!! Anywho, when my sparge is done, my keggle is on the ground. So, I then need to pick the keggle up for my Boil so that once the Boil is over I can Gravity feed the wort into the Fermenters. I was just wondering how my friends here at HBT went about this...

I know that Northern Tool has a hydraulic table that will lift the keggle for me. But damn, it's expensive...

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Old 10-18-2008, 09:55 PM   #2
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I just get the ol' wife to do it. She's about 6'5", 250 lbs. j/k

My gravity system is 3-tier, with lowest tier off the ground enough to allow for gravity feeding my fermenters (photo in gallery). So, other than raising your whole system and adding a 3rd tier... have you thought about using "the force"? I saw a guy in a movie lift a whole X-wing fighter out of a swamp with it.

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lift with your legs.



that's about it! o'course, i am 6'1, 275 and can lift my fair share. this advice isn't much good for the smaller brewers

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Old 10-18-2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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that's about it! o'course, i am 6'1, 275 and can lift my fair share. this advice isn't much good for the smaller brewers
I have been lifting with my legs. What I do now is have my wife right next to me just in case, but I lift to a small ladder, then I lift to the tier, and then I lift the Keggle up and have SWMBO'd slide the Burner under the keg. Works, but I really want a 1 person Brewery.

As far as adding another tier to my Brewery, not possible. It just barely fits as it is in the basement for Winter brewing as it is.
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:06 PM   #5
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you could use something like this 1200 LB. CABLE PULLER
with a pulley system.

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Old 10-18-2008, 10:08 PM   #6
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get a pump and keep the kettle on the burrner and pump the wort from the mashtund to the kettle you will love it even more if you have a pump and dont have to kill your self with that kinda weight

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Old 10-18-2008, 10:15 PM   #7
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get a pump and keep the kettle on the burrner and pump the wort from the mashtund to the kettle you will love it even more if you have a pump and dont have to kill your self with that kinda weight
Will a pump work with a Cooler set up? I use a Coleman Extreme Cooler as my Mash Tun.
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Engine hoist, I suppose.



A self-priming food-grade pump is more generally useful and compact, but an engine hoist will pick up the load - just make lifting points on the keggle and connect them with a sturdy chain you can hook the engine hoist to.

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That is about 116# you will need some help, a pump, a derrick, or a different set up.

I use a 3 tier that keeps me from lifting heavy pots. Heavy pots full of hot liquid can be quite dangerous. (I have a big scald on my leg to prove it).

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A well designed gravity system would have the HLT and MLT up high enough that you could run into the kettle while it's already on the burner. Can you make some modifications?

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