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Old 03-27-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Gravity Fed AG system using hoist?

Hi everyone,

I just finished converting my kegs and am pondering the 3 tier setup. 1 1/4" square metal is about $1.20 per ft here and I'm going to need at least 40 ft. 4x4 studs are not much cheaper AND I only have 2 burners at the moment.

Here is my idea; I can use cinder blocks to support the HLT, build a frame & attach a hoist to raise the MT a couple feet then move a burner under the boil kettle. Sparge in this setup and then raise the boil kettle when I want to run through the CFC to the carboys.

I was thinking an old swing set frame or something would be great but can't find one around here.

I figure I can get away with 2x4's for the frame and a hoist can be had for about $30.

I would appreciate any input/other ideas about this method.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
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To save $50 on struts you want to suspend 60-70 pounds of boiling liquid using ropes? Between the $30 for the hoist, the cash for the 2x4s, and miscellaneous connections, it doesn't sound like you'll save much if anything. Plus, let's not forget the swinging cauldron of molten beer. I love bootleg solutions as much as the next guy, but this sounds to me like a lot more trouble than it's worth. That said, don't let me stop you.

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Why not go high tech and get actuators to raise/lower sections?? It probably won't be cheap, but it would have the cool factor to it.

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