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Redneck 1.5bbl brewery
  • JerryJerry
    Posts: 70,637
    So I'm starting to work on a plan for a brewery using 55gal drums, no not stainless ones... Any way I'm planing on making it wood fired. I'll be posting pics and maybe a few videos as I go, oh and asking for lots of suggestions and advice.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
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  • djsethalldjsethall
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    Wow. Bookmarked
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,278
    this should be awesome.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • djsethalldjsethall
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    I figure he will get at least one run before it rusts out, but it will be cool. I wonder if he has thought about the effects of a lower ph mash and what it will do to sheet steel?
  • ThymThym
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    djsethall said:

    I figure he will get at least one run before it rusts out, but it will be cool. I wonder if he has thought about the effects of a lower ph mash and what it will do to sheet steel?



    He could use a spray enamel finish to inhibit rust on the interior.
    I would go electric fired to control the temps better. That would also promote longer service life.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • JerryJerry
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    Well, they are painted, food grade. They were once filled maple syrup. I don't know how the paint will hold up the boiling temps, but I'm planing on testing it out on some water first.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.
  • ThymThym
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    Well, they are painted, food grade. They were once filled maple syrup. I don't know how the paint will hold up the boiling temps, but I'm planing on testing it out on some water first.



    direct firing will create hot spots on the steel that will cause it to fail a lot faster. the electric boil kettle ensures that the kettle itself is actually the coldest part of the system
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • JerryJerry
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    yeah, but my electric bill, I'd rather just cut down some trees and steal more drums from work when I cook them
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.
  • JerryJerry
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    Lake, i think your missing the redneck aspect of this brewery plan.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.
  • ThymThym
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    Lake, i think your missing the redneck aspect of this brewery plan.



    im sorry. I'll let you redneck it. make sure there a used tire or two somewhere in the plans. those always come in handy.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • djsethalldjsethall
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    Lakewood said:

    Lake, i think your missing the redneck aspect of this brewery plan.



    im sorry. I'll let you redneck it. make sure there a used tire or two somewhere in the plans. those always come in handy.


    At least a rim. I used an aluminum rim for awhile to hold up kegs before I had the sink
  • ThymThym
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    djsethall said:

    Lakewood said:

    Lake, i think your missing the redneck aspect of this brewery plan.



    im sorry. I'll let you redneck it. make sure there a used tire or two somewhere in the plans. those always come in handy.


    At least a rim. I used an aluminum rim for awhile to hold up kegs before I had the sink


    aluminum? fancy.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • JerryJerry
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    Lakewood said:

    Lake, i think your missing the redneck aspect of this brewery plan.



    im sorry. I'll let you redneck it. make sure there a used tire or two somewhere in the plans. those always come in handy.


    aha! I'll just use burning tires as fuel, no need to cut down trees.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,278

    Lakewood said:

    Lake, i think your missing the redneck aspect of this brewery plan.



    im sorry. I'll let you redneck it. make sure there a used tire or two somewhere in the plans. those always come in handy.


    aha! I'll just use burning tires as fuel, no need to cut down trees.


    perfect. they burn hot!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ceanntceannt
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    Don't forget the duct tape...
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    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • ceanntceannt
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    Love the idea
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    In beer there is freedom.
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  • jlwjlw
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    I would throw some used motor oil on the tires to get them started.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    the brew stand had better be constructed of old keystone cans.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • jlwjlw
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    the brew stand had better be constructed of old keystone cans.



    new keystone cans might provide better support.
  • JerryJerry
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    I was thinking about the pump thing today. If just the mash tun could be lifted or dropped I wouldn't need a pump at all. that's also the only drum that doesn't need to be heated. I guess a pump may be cheaper than a lift system that can lift 9 feet high.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.
  • JerryJerry
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    For the heat I was thinking I'd cut a drum in half. Add some air holes, maybe some refractory insulation, and just set the kettles on top, no stand necessary. I guess I'll just keep filling that spare bedroom with the keystone cans.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,278

    I was thinking about the pump thing today. If just the mash tun could be lifted or dropped I wouldn't need a pump at all. that's also the only drum that doesn't need to be heated. I guess a pump may be cheaper than a lift system that can lift 9 feet high.



    but a pulley and rope hooked to the back of your car would be pretty impressive.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410

    I was thinking about the pump thing today. If just the mash tun could be lifted or dropped I wouldn't need a pump at all. that's also the only drum that doesn't need to be heated. I guess a pump may be cheaper than a lift system that can lift 9 feet high.



    I would start rounding up stray dogs (they can live under your front porch) rig up a basic pulley system and teach the dogs to pull the mash tun up in the air.
  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    I was thinking about the pump thing today. If just the mash tun could be lifted or dropped I wouldn't need a pump at all. that's also the only drum that doesn't need to be heated. I guess a pump may be cheaper than a lift system that can lift 9 feet high.



    but a pulley and rope hooked to the back of your car would be pretty impressive.


    This too is a good idea. You'll need an engine for that transam you have up on blocks.
  • JerryJerry
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    jlw said:

    Lakewood said:

    I was thinking about the pump thing today. If just the mash tun could be lifted or dropped I wouldn't need a pump at all. that's also the only drum that doesn't need to be heated. I guess a pump may be cheaper than a lift system that can lift 9 feet high.



    but a pulley and rope hooked to the back of your car would be pretty impressive.


    This too is a good idea. You'll need an engine for that transam you have up on blocks.

    But I don't need wheels, just rap the rope around an axle and let in wined up. Or i could get a winch on the bumper of the Subaru, that would add some class.

    I would need something that could take the weight (about 450lbs). That would require some good rope or chain. that was connected the the mash tun well.
    And there isn't a good tree to attach that too either, so I would have to build a support frame thing.
    A pump is looking more reasonable the more I think about it.
    In bacteria there is wisdom.
    In beer there is water.
    In freedom there is wine.