Originally Posted by H-ost
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.