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Old 02-22-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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My brewing takes place on my back patio. I ferment in my tool/beer room downstairs. Each brew day, I lug my kettle with 10 gallons of wort into my house, run a 15 foot vinyl tube along the handrail of my stairs and feed my wort into my conical, which I then have to lug into my beer room. I estimate I move the wort about 70 feet.

About a month ago, I realized that my fermentor in my beer room is really only about 6 feet from where my kettle stands after the boil...6 feet down.

This revelation let me to this....

WORT IN


WORT OUT

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Old 02-22-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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are you just pumping sanitizer through it at the end of your brew day? any reason you went with stainless instead of just an easily replaceable silicone hose?

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Old 02-22-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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I haven't used it yet, but yes, I intend to run sanitizer through it before/after use. The stainless tubing was the cheapest part of the build. I went with stainless fittings because I did not want to worry about acidic starsan sitting on copper or brass.

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bravo sir.

My other question is marital status. At my place I would have just done it and taken the wrath later. I cant see the conversation going well before hand. Me: "So, honey, Im going to drill through the exterior wall to install a wort port, It's genius!" Her:"What color flowers for your funeral?"

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Old 02-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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where'd you find the stainless tubing on the cheap?

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Funny you should ask. My wife loves my (and other) beer. She loves the look of the outside port. She did mention that this fitting looks too nice and we need to accelerate our plans to repaint the house, however!

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where'd you find the stainless tubing on the cheap?

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When I said inexpensive, I meant in comparison to copper, or all the other stainless fittings I used. I got it at McMaster Carr, and intend to use the rest of the coil for a whirlpool immersion chiller.

My goal for both these projects is to speed up my brew day.
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gotcha...yeah it's been on my list of things to do, along with the CIP fittings...Thanks for sharing! may just motivate me to actually buy the stainless and do it, i've got everything else for it already, even have the hole drilled (mine's in the garage to the basement)

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Very nice. I would do this same thing if I had a basement...

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My brewing takes place on my back patio. I ferment in my tool/beer room downstairs. Each brew day, I lug my kettle with 10 gallons of wort into my house, run a 15 foot vinyl tube along the handrail of my stairs and feed my wort into my conical, which I then have to lug into my beer room. I estimate I move the wort about 70 feet.

About a month ago, I realized that my fermentor in my beer room is really only about 6 feet from where my kettle stands after the boil...6 feet down.

This revelation let me to this....

WORT IN


WORT OUT
Great idea!!!

I have about the same separation between my deck where I brew and my basement where I ferment. Don't know why I didn't think of this too as my least favorite part of the brewing is lugging the fermenter bucket or carboy down the stairs. I think I may do something similar, but with silicone tubing instead of the spendy SS tube.

BTW, if you replace that existing sillcock with a freezeproof one and add another for hot water right next to it you've got a great year-round brewday site. I replaced my cold water sillcock with a freezeproof one so I'd have brew and chiller water in the winter months and I planned on adding a hot water one right next to the cold to speed up heating my mash in infusion.
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