How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

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How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby bruulog » Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:33 pm

I had my fist brew day with our new Braumeisters 50 l .
Everything went smoothly except getting that malt pipe out. :)
If BM was on the floor, it's no a big deal but then I cannot get the wort to my cooler (counterflow) nor can I get it to my fermenter.
Lowest table I can use is 45 cm to make sure everything flows out from the kettle.
Finally, I had to climb on top of that small table to lift out the malt pipe so I can continue with sparging. :)
I had a back injury long time so I have to take it easy.

What are my options?

First ideas was to build a >50 cm high stand, wide and strong enough for me, the maltpipe and BM.
Maybe add a pulley to the ceiling too and make the first lift really easy.

How do you do it?
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby paulg » Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:12 pm

I brewed my first brew using the large malt pipe and had the braumeister on the floor.I was able to lift the maltpipe fairly easily but after the boil I realised I couldnt drain to my fermenter.I ended up syphoning about 1/2 the wort into the fermenter and was then able to lift the braumeister on to the table and drain the rest out of the tap.
I then had the problem of lifting my fermenter into the fridge.I need to either pump the wort or get a hoist of some sort so I will watch what others are doing
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby bruulog » Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:09 pm

paulg, yes, it's no biggie if BM is on the floor but then I'll have all the problems you had.
BTW, I used 2 fermenters, 25 l each, and I am going to blend the beer to one single 50 l bucket for bottling.

I wish there was a way to use one of those 2 pumps for getting the worth out.
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby royco » Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:05 pm

I also have a back problem so rigged a simple 2X2 pulley system and can easily pull the pipe alone. Your local hardware store will be able to help you with this.

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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby smeller » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:48 pm

bruulog wrote:I wish there was a way to use one of those 2 pumps for getting the worth out.


If its possible to reach when it's standing on a table, then disconnect one of the power connectors. Otherwise you could add a switch to the wire going to one of the pumps either by cutting the existing or adding an intermediate wire with a switch and the appropriate connectors.

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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby Nesto » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:01 am

I have the BM20, but I happen to have a bike hoist in my garage (where I brew). Pretty cheap hoist and it works great!
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby leosardinha » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:04 pm

I made a hoist with a sailing dingy, I will take a pic when I get home, but it works quite well.
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby BrauTim » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:39 pm

Nesto wrote:I have the BM20, but I happen to have a bike hoist in my garage (where I brew). Pretty cheap hoist and it works great!


That's the exact one I use, I posted about it here: Show us yer hoist
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby bruulog » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:05 pm

Hoist it is.
I bought some of the stuff to build it.
I am connecting it to the wall so I bought a huge barn door hinge, 700 mm long and screws/bolts etc to connect it to the wall.
Now I need 2 pulleys, we meters of good 8 mm sailing rope and I am done.
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby Nesto » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:08 am

BrauTim wrote:
Nesto wrote:I have the BM20, but I happen to have a bike hoist in my garage (where I brew). Pretty cheap hoist and it works great!


That's the exact one I use, I posted about it here: Show us yer hoist

Great minds... !
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby leosardinha » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:12 pm

I forgot to get the picture.

But I use something like this:

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Attached it with a rope to the ceilling(I had a 3 by 6 wood going across the middle of my ceilling to support the roof) so I just drilled it and that was it.

It is a simple pull and it has a grinder which locks the rope so I do not even use the support from the BM anymore.
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby bruulog » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:55 pm

Here is what I ended up building.
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby malzrohr » Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:49 pm

bruulog wrote:Here is what I ended up building.
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A gun tackle on barrel hinges...hmm. I like the :idea:. I guess you have some space to manouvre.
Unfortunately, my brewery is limited in space to that of a WC :shock:

Tip: If you separate the pulleys in the gun tackle you can lift the malt pipe out with half the force needed now.
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby bruulog » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:16 pm

malzrohr wrote:A gun tackle on barrel hinges...hmm. I like the :idea:. I guess you have some space to manouvre.
Unfortunately, my brewery is limited in space to that of a WC :shock:

Tip: If you separate the pulleys in the gun tackle you can lift the malt pipe out with half the force needed now.


Good point. I'll do it
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Re: How do you lift 50 L BM maltpipe alone?

Unread postby RobW » Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:36 am

or go electric (like Bob Dylan did):

http://aussiehomebrewer.com/topic/57639 ... y-lifting/
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