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Old 02-12-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Regardless of if related to brewing, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on beginner DIY projects to boost my skill level that are apartment friendly?

I haven't worked on a DIY project since I moved out of my parents house, there I did a variety of stuff from fixing a guitar, to building a guitar, to helping my dad build a shed, and a few other things. I'm just scared I'm losing my touch so I was wonder what would be some good intro level stuff I can do without doing anything that's too big of a project (for space) and doesn't involve fire or anything that you can't use in an apartment. Some light work of that is acceptable if the project can be transported as I can go to my parents or my brothers for a day.

Any ideas are very appreciated. I just don't want my skills to diminish too much more.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Build a stirplate, involves basic wiring and you can do it on the cheap.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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I recently built a dual boot Hackintosh/Windows 7 desktop POWERHOUSE. It can get a bit expensive but it was a lot of fun and there are plenty of ways to customize and personalize. In the end you have a great, fast new computer.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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This ladder ball set isn't entirely related to brewing, however it is a very easy do-it-yourself, and definitely can be played while brewing, also it makes you work with pvc, so I suppose it would help for making a manifold for a mash tun. All you need is a hack saw, drill, pvc pipe, pipe glue, golf balls, and rope.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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I live in a condo...I'm always doing DIY projects. (Some including fire. )

I built a keezer with custom changable tap handles.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:58 PM   #6
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hop spider was my first DIY... if you can call attaching a muslin bag to a stainless steel InSinkErator sink flange and then to the side of my brew kettle with a binder clip, "DIY"

immersion chiller was next, followed by a mash paddle, then mash tun with CPVC manifold
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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Awesome ideas so far. Keep em coming. I may just do a stir plate that's a good idea. I haven't done any wire work in a few years and it would probably help to give it a shot again.

I would build a computer, but I just assembled a Frankencomputer so I have no desire to deal with that again haha.

I think the ladderball would be a good ideal, we like playing it in the summer and I believe that my dad saved my old hockey goal so I probably just use that for PVC and L connectors.

I'm thinking of doing a hop spider, I think it's a good idea and I have a nylon bag that doesn't work for BIAB that I use for hop additions now and if we my brother and I make our own extract.

I'm going to work on immersion chiller, but that's a project that my brother and I want to do cause he has a ton of copper piping at his house and I just need to assess it. Can you make an immersion chiller from any copper piping or does it have to be flexible. Note I'm not afraid to use a blow torch to get metal to do what I want.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:10 PM   #8
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I live in a condo...I'm always doing DIY projects. (Some including fire. )

I built a keezer with custom changable tap handles.
I'm about 90% sure I"d get dumped if I tried building a keezer in my apartment. That's waiting until my brother gets his stuff in order. Which is why I want to do some basic stuff. I have to go back to my parents to finish my guitar which needs about 20 more coating of clear coat and a hole drilled out of it.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:12 PM   #9
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Build a brew stand out of wood or strut. Build an electric kettle for those cold-ass days. Build a milling station.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:16 PM   #10
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First DIY was an immersion chiller, which then was magically converted into a counter flow chiller.

And a Mash Tun is easy too
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