Topic: Build It Yourself

Ferment in a Cornelius Keg

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For those of you that keg your homebrew, chances are you’ve got at least one Cornelius keg sitting empty at any given time. Why not put them to good use as primary and/or secondary fermenters? And for those that don’t keg but are considering it in the future, picking up a keg or two for fermenting is a great way to start building up the equipment you’ll need for a kegerator. Used Cornelius kegs cost about $30 to $40, and with about $10 more in fittings and tubing you can have a 5-gallon (19-L) stainless steel fermenting vessel. The advantages of using a keg are that it’s light-tight, has built-in handles for easy transport and if you have a kegerator you can use your CO2 system to rack the beer in a completely closed environment with no siphoning.

 


Rolling Kegerator

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The next time you go to a party, roll out the barrel . . . or at least the Corny kegs. Build this rolling kegerator with a small, on-board CO2 system.

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Home Kegerator

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Every homebrewer could use his or her own kegerator. A classic project shows you how to convert a regular refrigerator to a beer draft system.

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Build a Keggle: Projects

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Give an old Sanke keg a new lease on life as a kettle.


Pickup Tube: Projects

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Frugal brewers everywhere will appreciate this DIY pickup tube design (or at least enjoy a little extra beer).

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Build a Hop Drying Oast

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Sure, you could dry your homegrown hops on an old screen, but wouldn’t you rather build your own oast?

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Carboy Sprayer: Projects

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Frustrated with all the gunk that collects inside your carboys? Don’t soak it, spray it! Learn how to build your own carboy sprayer.

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Build a French Press Hopback

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Add a hoppy aroma to your brews with a homemade hopback.

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Three Mini Projects: Projects

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These projects are simple and relatively inexpensive, but nonetheless may prove to be quite useful in your home brewery. Have you ever broken a hydrometer when you needed it most? Ever had an airlock run dry in the night? Do you worry that your plate chiller could be a source of contamination? If so, read on and put your mind at ease.

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Build Your Own Stir Plate

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A stir plate will keep your yeast in suspension while you are raising them in your yeast starter . . . and we’ve got instructions on how to make two different stir plates, one from old computer parts you may have lying around.


Make Your Plastic Bucket Fantastic

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Leaky lids or shards from shattered glass? That’s not how we roll. Check out how we pimp a bucket to be a fizzabulous fermanizzle . . . uh, or something.

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From Brew Pot to Brew Kettle: Projects

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Use a step drill to convert your plain brew pot into a brew kettle with a built in spigot and thermometer. We’ll take you step-by-step through this driller thriller.


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