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Old 01-12-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Lifting 10+gal kegs/fermentors

I'm curious how those of you move your fermentors around especially into chest freezers by yourself?

Anyone make some sort of pulley/crane system? I'm trying to avoid hurting some backs down the road.

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Old 01-12-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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I think that is what people use pumps for..... So you dont have to do this.

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Probably easier and smarter in the long run to get an upright freezer or fridge for fermenting. Or build a fermenting chamber. A 5 gallon corny into the keezer is as much as I will do.

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I'm curious how those of you move your fermentors around especially into chest freezers by yourself?

Anyone make some sort of pulley/crane system? I'm trying to avoid hurting some backs down the road.
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I don't really keg and when I do it isn't into a keg that large, but if I was an upright setup is the answer.

As for the fermenters my 15.5G and both 33G tanks are on rolling stands with wheel locks.

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I bought it from Harbor Freight. Plus with those "25% Off One Item" coupons they send out regularly, the price isn't bad. Plus, it's beats the hell out of trying to lift a keg full of water or wort. Here's what I got:

Hydraulic Lift Table - 500 Lb. Capacity

I just jack the fermentation vessel up to the appropriate height and slide it in. I use a fridge though, not a freezer. But still. It's a heck of a lot easier to move.
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I suppose the easiest thing would be to buy a self-priming pump like this:

Self-Priming Diaphragm Pump for Beer Transfers | MoreBeer

and just use that to transfer from something on the ground to the keezer. It says cannot do carbonated beer though. I wonder if there is a version that can.

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Lift nothing full. That is my moto and I do well with it. I push things with CO2 or a pump. I also do/did some decent planning ahead so I do not need to lift full vessels.

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I have a Harbor Freight block and tackle I plan to put in a rafter above the center of a fermentation freezer. I can hook onto the carboy handle and lift and lower into the chamber and slide across the bottom.

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