Winch System - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Winch System

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-26-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
Gregredic
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Huntsville, AL
Posts: 175
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



I don't know if this is the right place for this post or not, but here goes.... Has anyone ever created a winch system in order to raise and lower their mash tun? I was thinking about keeping my boil kettle (electric) at a stationary hight...say the bottom of it is around 2.5 feet high and having the mash tun where its on either a pulley system or a winch system that then raises and lowers it as needed. This would allow me to get my sparge water to temp in the boil kettle and while having the mash tun lower, gravity would then move the liquid to the mash tun when a valve is opened on the boil kettle. Conversely, when I was ready to move liquid from my mash tun back into my boil kettle, all I have to do is raise the bottom of the mash tun above the top of the boil kettle and open a valve on the mash tun. This would remove the need for using pumps (which I have no desire to use pumps at all in my rig). Anyone seen something like this or have any good ideas on how to do it?

I have thought about mounting a boat hand winch to the wall and putting a tackle on the ceiling that would raise and lower the mash tun...just would rather have some sort of unit that is more consolidated...such as a transmission jack.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2011, 05:36 AM   #2
ClaudiusB
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
El Paso, Texas
Posts: 1,350
Liked 99 Times on 76 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregredic View Post
I don't know if this is the right place for this post or not, but here goes.... Has anyone ever created a winch system in order to raise and lower their mash tun?
Shortyjacobs has done it

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/incr...-heavy-157905/

Cheers,
ClaudiusB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
jdieter
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Posts: 67
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I use a cheapo block & tackle hooked to an eyebolt screwed into a truss chord to get my sanke fermenters into the fermenting fridge and to gravity drain for kegging and to bottle.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2011, 01:22 PM   #4
Seven
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,538
Liked 168 Times on 80 Posts


These work very well: Rope Ratchet

Choose the one that meets your specific weight requirements.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2011, 04:10 PM   #5
gnef
Recipes 
 
Sep 2005
Posts: 1,045
Liked 55 Times on 41 Posts


I have a winch system that I made to raise and lower my large fermenter into the chest freezer.



It is on locking caster so I can move it around when I need to, and have it in place when I need to. I'm sure you could adapt something similar to your own setup if you wanted to.
__________________
Walk-In Serving(14): Flanders red, Hard Cider, Belgian Tripel, Liquid Stupid, Wee Heavy, American Brown, Rye IPA, American Amber, Imperial Stout, Dry Stout, Cream Ale, Belgian Wit, Traditional Mead, Oatmeal Stout
Walk-In Cold Storage(~50): lots of beers, meads, and ciders
Fermenters (0):
Oak Barrel: Flanders Solera

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
Gregredic
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Huntsville, AL
Posts: 175
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Just in case anyone is interested, this is what I decided to use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-ton-chain-hoist-631.html

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2012, 09:19 PM   #7
limulus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
limulus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
ATL Burbs, Georgia
Posts: 1,469
Liked 96 Times on 80 Posts


Here are two systems that I really like:
About 1:05 into this video, you'll see this guy's winch

Then this BIAB winch is just genius and it's made from a boat winch:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/biab...t-pump-310459/
__________________
Brewin' on a Medium Brewha BIAC system with glycol


"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
-Ernest Hemingway

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Have You Seen This System Before? joety Equipment/Sanitation 6 02-12-2010 09:00 PM
1 bbl system kcinpdx Equipment/Sanitation 11 11-04-2009 05:31 AM
Help me with my new system! avwfreak Equipment/Sanitation 18 10-16-2009 12:31 PM
Which AG system should i go with? fat x nub Equipment/Sanitation 13 09-17-2008 05:30 AM
My 10 gal AG system Gabe Equipment/Sanitation 6 04-25-2008 05:29 AM


Forum Jump