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My new favorite brewery tool: the humble bungie cord


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#1 Bklmt2000

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 07:25 AM

I ferment my beers in Ale Pails, and I use an Autosiphon to rack the beer from bucket to keg, but on kegging day, I figured there had to be a better way to reduce the amount of crud that the AS picked up, without me having to stand there the entire time.

 

A couple of years back, I saw a stray bungie cord sitting on my brew bench, and I had an epiphany:  (this pic is from a batch I kegged earlier this morning)

 

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Using this setup, the AS can be easily moved as the beer siphons, to stay just above the yeast cake, without the AS slipping out of place.

 

I now get less sediment than ever in the keg, and the resulting beers clear faster (I do use Biofine, but I was still getting way too much crud in the keg).

 

Just thought I'd share.


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#2 ER Pemberton

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 07:30 AM

Nice.  Yes, the humble bungee cord has been used here too.

 

Recently I started doing something that is even easier though... use a bottling bucket as your primary.  I have used plastic buckets as primaries for years but using a bottling bucket allows you to just connect tubing to the spigot, open it and go.  Place a liquid-out QD on the other end and you can do a gravity closed-transfer to the keg to avoid excess O2 pickup.  I've been doing this for all of my 2018 batches and I really like the simplicity of it.  



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 08:00 AM

Use a bungee cord to hold my heating pad on my fermentor.  Easy simple solution!


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#4 Poptop

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 08:22 AM

No bungee here. I have a 1/2" cane too so it goes rather quick. I just make sure I have a beer next to me. Hold the cane, drink the beer. Done in less than 5.
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:39 PM

Nice.  Yes, the humble bungee cord has been used here too.

 

Recently I started doing something that is even easier though... use a bottling bucket as your primary.  I have used plastic buckets as primaries for years but using a bottling bucket allows you to just connect tubing to the spigot, open it and go.  Place a liquid-out QD on the other end and you can do a gravity closed-transfer to the keg to avoid excess O2 pickup.  I've been doing this for all of my 2018 batches and I really like the simplicity of it.  

a few years ago I bought 2 of the morebeer Speidel fermenters. So I also just do a gravity transfer to the keg and love it.


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#6 SchwanzBrewer

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:17 PM

Ive seen them used as sky hooks. They are nifty for sure.
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