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#22808 - 06/04/08 03:55 AM Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT)
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OK, so I'm looking at doing this because...
I have the soloflex, a Keg, an 80quart Hobart kettle.
SO, I think I can rig up an upper class hillbilly brewery.

If you remember the soloflex it's a big "L" shaped square tube frame.
The Kettle is already on a frame of it's own, with a huge burner under it.
If I boil the water in the kettle, it tips to dump into the keg to batch sparge. Then if I used a winch laugh to raise the keg above the kettle I can drain back into the kettle to boil. Then lower the keg and dump wort back into the keg. Immersion chiller(?) Ferment in the keg(?) Anything else? Crazy???

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#22814 - 06/04/08 04:52 AM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: OCD]
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sounds like it would work i think you should use immersion chiller though and why not ferment in the keg

oh and the winch idea ... GREAT
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carbing:MG Blonde(5/26/09)
carbing:
carbing:
conditioning:
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Drinking: MG American IPA #1(12/17/08)MG ESB (4/27/09)Cream Soda
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#22880 - 06/04/08 02:52 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: delgar]
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Hey OCD,
When you use this the first time make sure you say these words........"Hey Watch This!" laugh laugh laugh

You gotta post pictures when your done building it!
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#22889 - 06/04/08 03:19 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: Wilson]
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always preheat your mash-tun
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Look up Sabco and check out MoreBeer's towers. That should give you a few ideas.

Check out the Brew Ladder at the bottom of this newsletter.

+1 on "Watch This" grin

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#22895 - 06/04/08 04:04 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: Poodie]
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$30 for the Ladder, $80 for the cd add-on! HA! I love it.
I don't know how fancy I want to get - I really just do have this stuff lying around and have been thinking about how to do it without significant additional investment. If the winch was really expensive I'd get another pot, but right now it's only $60 for electric w/remote.

Here's the best soloflex example I found. Not quite what I'm planning to build, but it's still a good inspiration.



Edited by OCD (06/04/08 04:14 PM)

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#22898 - 06/04/08 04:16 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: OCD]
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always preheat your mash-tun
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I REALLY REALLY want a set of those burners!!

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#22907 - 06/04/08 05:23 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: Poodie]
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wish i had the room for one of those
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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - [Aristotle 384BC - 322BC]

fermenting1:MG California Pale Ale (6/8/09)
fermenting2:
Secondary:
carbing:MG Blonde(5/26/09)
carbing:
carbing:
conditioning:
conditioning:
conditioning:
conditioning:
Drinking: MG American IPA #1(12/17/08)MG ESB (4/27/09)Cream Soda
On Deck:MG London ESB



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#22908 - 06/04/08 05:31 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: delgar]
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WOW!
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"ich braute dieses Bier mit meinem Hund"

Life is indeed short: Get a Beagle and a Beer

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Fermenting:dust
On Tap:Nothing
Christmas Cordials Aging: Peachy Brandy, Apple Brandy

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#22914 - 06/04/08 06:17 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: delgar]
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Originally Posted By: delgar
wish i had the room for one of those


You don't have any unused exercise equipment? Use a treadmill as a grain conveyor, and the Total gym as a sliding shelf to move your boil pot on and off the flame, if you have a weight stack you can use it as a counterweight to help move full kettles around more easily. laugh

Or am I the only one who quit working out? frown

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#22915 - 06/04/08 06:19 PM Re: Soloflex Conversion ??? Need Ideas (WAY OT) [Re: OCD]
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Now that is what I call Redneck Tech .


Fermenter # 1 - Defibriiator Doppelbock 7.0
Fermenter # 2 - Empty
Carbing - Witty Monk Witbier + 1 pouch of booster
Carbing - Brew Ha Ha Bock
Conditioning - Tipel Trippel
Conditioning - Zealous Bock
On Deck - Strawberry Blonde
Drinking - West Coast Pale Ale


Edited by Law Dawg (06/04/08 06:21 PM)

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