Kitchen Sink Primary? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Kitchen Sink Primary?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-14-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
ClarnoBrewer
 
ClarnoBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Independence, Oregon
Posts: 338
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts



I was just doing the dishes and thinking about beer when the thought hit me- Could you use a SS kitchen sink as a primary or secondary? I stopped doing dishes long enough to measure the volume of our pretty standard kitchen sink, and it's just over 10g. Hmmm... Kitchen sinks are easy to come by at scrapyards and home salvage places.

The only trick would be rigging up an airtight lid, but with some SS sheet and some gasket-maker, I think it would be pretty easy. You could even use a double-basin sink as primary and secondary if you used a pump. It would also have the benefit of being bottom draining if need be.

I know it's not conical, and you wouldn't get the benefits of a conical, but it may be a cheap step-up from a plastic bucket.

Any thoughts on this?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 07:13 PM   #2
HickoryMike
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 368
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


You know you're a homebrewer when you consider turning your sink into a fermenter as you wash up after dinner....

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
mattmcl
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
mattmcl's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Erie, CO
Posts: 731
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


I bet you could put a 2x4 against the drain hole and pound the hell out of it to make it conical. Then get a matching sink and weld it to the top of the first one. Two 20g side by side conicals!
__________________
>>Proudly brewing the beer I drink since 1989<<

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 07:20 PM   #4
ezerhoden
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 63
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Too funny HickoryMike.

Sounds like a reasonable idea to me. Are there any drawbacks to certain shaped fermentors? Post some pics if you make one.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 07:25 PM   #5
Brew-Happy
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Lubbock, Texas
Posts: 1,329
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts


If you were to seal the holes with a welded round plate and mount two burners under them, you would have two stainless steel brew pots. One for boiling water for sparging and one for boiling down the wort.


Good idea with the sink Clarno
__________________
Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2003!!! Whoop!

Quote:
Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles, tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?
- Arthur Weasley

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
ClarnoBrewer
 
ClarnoBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Independence, Oregon
Posts: 338
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brew-Happy View Post
If you were to seal the holes with a welded round plate and mount two burners under them, you would have two stainless steel brew pots. One for boiling water for sparging and one for boiling down the wort.


Good idea with the sink Clarno
Ooooh, I like it! I may have to try that.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 08:25 PM   #7
Token
 
Token's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
UP of MI, Michigan
Posts: 543
Liked 19 Times on 13 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brew-Happy View Post
If you were to seal the holes with a welded round plate and mount two burners under them, you would have two stainless steel brew pots. One for boiling water for sparging and one for boiling down the wort.
NOW you're talkin'!!
__________________
Worry Wort Brewing

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2009, 08:35 PM   #8
ClarnoBrewer
 
ClarnoBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Independence, Oregon
Posts: 338
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by ezerhoden View Post
Too funny HickoryMike.

Sounds like a reasonable idea to me. Are there any drawbacks to certain shaped fermentors? Post some pics if you make one.
I also am intrigued by the BFH approach. Sounds pretty typical of my level of finesse. As for drawback of shapes, there are. Obviously a lot of us ferment in cylindrical fermentors. It's not a bad shape. The advantage of a conical is that the slope of the sides causes the trub to collect in the bottom. Then it can be drained off easily. There's an ideal shape for this, as other vaguely conical shapes don't have steep enough sides to facilitate the collection of the trub. A sink would be a variation on a flat bottom. Some of the trub would collect in the drain, but not all, and probably not the majority of it, due to the mostly flat bottom. That would make using the drain as an actual drain not a real advantage. Probably using a racking cane or installing a drain just above the flat bottom would be better. Unless we get out the BFH and see how conical we can get it...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 02:02 AM   #9
XXguy
 
XXguy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Southeastern PA
Posts: 1,118
Liked 16 Times on 15 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brew-Happy View Post
If you were to seal the holes with a welded round plate and mount two burners under them, you would have two stainless steel brew pots. One for boiling water for sparging and one for boiling down the wort.


Good idea with the sink Clarno
Maybe something like this guy's setup?


Some people are great at re-purposing stuff. Check out all this guy's video links, he's got quite the setup for a home brewery.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 02:08 AM   #10
samc
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Portland OR
Posts: 5,387
Liked 62 Times on 58 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by XXguy View Post
Maybe something like this guy's setup?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlzmUPv2seU

Some people are great at re-purposing stuff. Check out all this guy's video links, he's got quite the setup for a home brewery.
Pretty interesting stuff - I would suggest the guy's next project should be a tripod or a friend who can hold the damn thing steady.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
American IPA Kitchen Sink IPA TwoHeadsBrewing Homebrew Ale Recipes 11 02-01-2014 03:41 AM
kitchen sink recipe Pimp Juice Recipes/Ingredients 2 08-19-2009 03:45 AM
Everything but the kitchen sink IPA ::Help:: scinerd3000 Recipes/Ingredients 15 04-18-2009 11:10 PM
Kitchen sink recipe Professor Frink Recipes/Ingredients 2 01-09-2008 05:27 PM
Goin' Kitchen sink... marshman Recipes/Ingredients 3 02-24-2007 01:48 PM


Forum Jump