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Old 02-09-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default Jury rigs and other gadgets

I'm fascinated by the creative innovations my fellow homebrewers come up with to fix problems or achieve specific goals. I love reading the Zymurgy Gadgets issue for this reason, and love innovations I've found here like the BMBF.

Anyone else have any other cool jury rigs to share?

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Old 02-09-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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I'll start with my ghetto fermentation chamber. My house is pretty cold in the winter so I needed something to help maintain a slightly warmer temp for my fermentation vessel during these cold months. Rather than investing in a fancy chamber, or cranking up the heat in my fermentation space, I found an old piece of foam in my basement which I use as an insulator. This stuff works like a champ for temp maintenance...I actually use another piece of this on my MLT keggle. When I need a bump, I wrap a heat pad (like you'd use for sore muscles) inside the foam insulator and moderate the temp control with the switch (mine has three levels). I don't want a constant application of heat, and may want an extra bump in the middle of the night when my fermentation room temp drops, so I can actually run this through a light timer to give it a bump every couple hours. I've been running the first stage of a lager in a room that's around 40 degrees, and this set up has helped me keep a constant 50 during primary. Here's a photo:

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Old 02-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Nice idea! I should take the electric mattress pad off our bed and use it for a fermenter heater.

When the wife complains about being cold I can just say, "I don't know what you have to complain about, YOU get all the blankets!"

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That was going to be my plan... But I was going to use a temp controller and just turn the blanket up on HIGH. I didn't end up brewing enough this winter, and the weather was light. I just left the few in my dining room.

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Anyone else have any other cool jury rigs to share?
You mean like a pressurized PET bottle filler made of a busted carbonator cap?



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Ugly junk 2012, Ghetto Lagering Chamber

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My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station...

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Was trying to figure out the cheapest, easiest way to make a manifold for the cooler. Lowe's had an open box of copper tube. Thought why go through the trouble of making a fancy manifold or fooling with the braid.... bend, dremel cutting wheel, attach some tube... simple, 30 minutes (including dawdle time) and done... getting consistent 80% efficiency... I'm happy

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