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Old 09-04-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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Hmmm - no wonder my 'kayak lifter' sucks !
alterations in my near future.
Mine started life as a canoe lifter!!!!!!!

The extra pulley is a must. I had 2 on each end of the canoe. My 10 year old could lift one end, and it was a monster!!
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:06 PM   #12
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Am I the only person who gets a huge knot in their stomach when they picture a (full or empty but especially full) carboy pendulum?!? Hitting the side of the chest freezer would be bad enough but hitting another full carboy while lowering or pulling it out? This sounds like a tragedy waiting to happen.

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:34 PM   #13
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Am I the only person who gets a huge knot in their stomach when they picture a (full or empty but especially full) carboy pendulum?!? Hitting the side of the chest freezer would be bad enough but hitting another full carboy while lowering or pulling it out? This sounds like a tragedy waiting to happen.
Yes, that is a concern. That is why I have already planned on installing some foam board on the outside of the chest freezer and centering the pulley more over the chest freezer than outside of it so I have more control in lowering it. The freezer is also large enough so that once a carboy is placed inside, I can move over far enough so when the second one goes in, they won't be near each other. The wife (or other brewing assistant) is usually around to lend a hand when needed anyway... in this case it would be carboy guidance

I just picked some pulleys, rope and hooks all rated 200lbs or better.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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Am I the only person who gets a huge knot in their stomach when they picture a (full or empty but especially full) carboy pendulum?!? Hitting the side of the chest freezer would be bad enough but hitting another full carboy while lowering or pulling it out? This sounds like a tragedy waiting to happen.
That is why I said "bucket or keg". Beyond that, I wash my hands of it.
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Ok... I know its not the smartest idea... so how do others move carboys in and out of chest freezers (this one is a little over 4.5' tall)? I'm open to ideas... I need to control fermentation temp.

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Old 09-05-2012, 02:57 PM   #16
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If you had the space such as in a garage a gantry crane would be perfect. You could combine that with say one of the smaller motorized hoists, like good for 300 lbs or so. Even a small engine hoist might work if it could lift high enough. Once in a while on craigslist I've seen these stand things for moving immobilized people in and out of bed, looks kind of like an engine hoist but more indoor friendly. It's always good to have a lift plan and be certified.

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You have KEGS, right??

If you have to lager, do it in a keg.

Kegs have fantastic handles.

For that matter Buckets and Kegs are CHEAP.

Glass should NEVER go in the Keezer.

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I have plenty of kegs... but I don't really want to ferment in kegs...

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I have plenty of kegs... but I don't really want to ferment in kegs...
Ahhhhhhh! Are you still in the "I have to look at my beer" phase?

If so....I guess I understand.

Rest assured, you will grow out of it though.

Beer likes it better in a sealed keg or bucket with no light.
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No.. that's not it at all. I don't like the buckets because I've gotten screwed on a batch that got infected once... and that was my only infection ever in hundreds of batches... not saying it was the bucket... but still. (It was an old bucket... my fault, but still.) You really ferment in kegs? I haven't heard or seen this. What do you do for blow off/air lock?

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