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Old 01-12-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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So many times I look at ordinary household goods and try to think of ways to adapt them to brewing applications. But sometimes, I do the reverse, and find uses for my brewing gear for non-brewing needs. Here are a few I've tried:

Brew kettle and propane burner: I have done a few crab leg boils, and one really huge pot of chili for a large gathering. I'm guessing many of us have done this.

Starsan: Being out of bathroom tile cleaner one day, I tried some Starsan solution in a spray bottle to cut through the soap scum and scale on the tile walls and glass door of my shower. Sprayed it on, came back 30 minutes later and rinsed it off. Worked great.

What other applications have you found for your brewing equipment, supplies, etc?

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Old 01-12-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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My brewroom doubles as our canning room...... a recent batch of 15 quarts of bloody mary mix using our own tomato's, horseradish, onions, etc....
Wife probably uses the room/brew kettle 15-20 times a year for canning.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:27 AM   #3
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We also can with a brew kettle.
I boil down maple syrup with a brew kettle.
Brew stand doubles as a saw horse.

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Old 01-13-2014, 12:54 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by ThreeSheetsBrewing View Post
We also can with a brew kettle . I boil down maple syrup with a brew kettle.
We also heat our pressure caner with the burner.

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Old 01-13-2014, 02:58 PM   #5
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I used my fermentation chamber (freezer) as a substitute for the house freezer when the house one needed to be defrosted. Both the MLT with RIMS and the HLT have been used for sous vide cooking when I needed to cook things at different temperatures. Star San spray gets used on cutting boards in the kitchen all of the time.

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Old 01-13-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
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I make a gallon jug of PBW for my wife to soak pots & pans clean with.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:51 PM   #7
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Friend of mine really enjoyed a mini novelty Corona salt and pepper shaker at a restaurant. I later acquired a couple bottles and grabbed my capper to make a gift for him. I have heard DME going into various baking.

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Old 01-14-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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My PID controlled E-BIAB kettle makes an excellent sous vide cooker.
Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew

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