Category Archives: Making Brew Day Easier

Whitmor Wheeled Chrome Wire Cart

Whitmor Supreme Laundry Cart and Versatile Storage Solution - Chrome

Whitmor Supreme Laundry Cart and Versatile Storage Solution – Chrome


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Compact, expandable cart easily moves your equipment
  • 4” front casters turn easily and can be locked. 8” rear wheels built tough to resist wear and have a unique texture that keeps you moving
  • Holds up to 485 lbs.
  • Folds easily for compact storage.
  • Compact size: (w)18″ x (l)28-1/2″

Use for storage and organization or as a helper on brew day.  Since this has wheels, you can… roll it around as needed.

Whitmor Supreme Laundry Cart and Versatile Storage Solution – Chrome


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Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Bus Tubs HomebrewBus Tubs for Brew Day – A bus tub with a Rubbermaid Commercial High Temp Pitcher [Review] and my Brew Day Whisk [Review].

I use two of these commercial bus tubs on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I use them to cart around brew gear and ingredients – saving trips back and forth which saves effort and time.

As brew day starts, I’ll keep a dry/clean bus tub and a wet/needs to be cleaned bus tub.  Having two helps me keep clean things clean.  That means less unnecessary cleaning.

If I’m using my pump, I’ll keep one below that.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.

Beyond brew day these are handy for storage and aid with cleaning and sanitizing other homebrew gear.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100GRAY 7-1/8-Gallon Gray Undivided Bus/Utility Box – via Amazon


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Make Brew Day Easier! 440 lb Capacity Electric Hoist & Free BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet Download


Thank you to HBF Reader Joey [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] for a picture of this hoist in action!  Here it is lifting a BIAB Bag with about 70 lbs of grain.  Check out the product page on Amazon to see a stock image of this hoist with a full description of specs and what’s included.

Goplus Lift Electric Hoist Garage Auto Shop Electric Wire Hoist Overhead Lift w/Remote Control (440LBS)

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  • Heavy Duty And Durable High strength carbon steel line cable, braided, anti twist. Cable length of 39ft, diameter is 1/8″. Rugged steel shell and mounting hanging clamp brackets, with reliable hardware, makes our mini electric wire host strong and durable enough to withstand heavy use.
  • Sheaved Pulley Lift Hook For Dual Line Operation2 heavy duty weighted lift hook, maximum load capacity ups to 220lbs each, 440lbs total. Lift speed of 26ft per minute of single hook, 13ft per minute of double. Max lift height of 39ft of single, 20ft of double hooks.
  • High Quality Cooper Motor ETL Approved grade, features good heat dissipation ability. It provides strong power with relative low electricity consumption.
  • Built-in Safety Braking Mechanism With easy operate remote control panel, fully automatic hoist, requires no hand cranking. Item features automatic brake function with build-in safety braking mechanism and thermal protection device to ensure safety.
  • Easy to Operate It comes with all necessary mountings. Simply assembled then ready to use. Compact construction, lightweight, easy operation, perfect for lifting small engines, transmissions, large shop tools, or building supplies in factories, warehouses and cargo berth.

 

Some notes from Joey, the pictured bag is a 20 lb custom Brew in a Bag via brewinabag.com.  Joey says that the included hook is small, so he obtained 440 lb capacity carabiner at a local hardware store.

Goplus Lift Electric Hoist Garage Auto Shop Electric Wire Hoist Overhead Lift w/Remote Control (440LBS)


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

485 lb Capacity Utility Cart – Assist on Brew Day and Beyond

On Stage On- UTC2200 Utility Cart

On Stage On- UTC2200 Utility Cart


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Compact, expandable cart easily moves your equipment
  • 4” front casters turn easily and can be locked. 8” rear wheels built tough to resist wear and have a unique texture that keeps you moving
  • Holds up to 485 lbs.
  • Folds easily for compact storage.
  • Compact size: (w)18″ x (l)28-1/2″

Use to move things around on brew day, assist with moving things around your home brewery and more.

On Stage On- UTC2200 Utility Cart

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Make Brew Day Easier! 440 lb Capacity Electric Hoist & Free BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet Download


Thank you to HBF Reader Joey [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] for a picture of this hoist in action!  Here it is lifting a BIAB Bag with about 70 lbs of grain.  Check out the product page on Amazon to see a stock image of this hoist with a full description of specs and what’s included.

Goplus Lift Electric Hoist Garage Auto Shop Electric Wire Hoist Overhead Lift w/Remote Control (440LBS)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Heavy Duty And Durable High strength carbon steel line cable, braided, anti twist. Cable length of 39ft, diameter is 1/8″. Rugged steel shell and mounting hanging clamp brackets, with reliable hardware, makes our mini electric wire host strong and durable enough to withstand heavy use.
  • Sheaved Pulley Lift Hook For Dual Line Operation2 heavy duty weighted lift hook, maximum load capacity ups to 220lbs each, 440lbs total. Lift speed of 26ft per minute of single hook, 13ft per minute of double. Max lift height of 39ft of single, 20ft of double hooks.
  • High Quality Cooper Motor ETL Approved grade, features good heat dissipation ability. It provides strong power with relative low electricity consumption.
  • Built-in Safety Braking Mechanism With easy operate remote control panel, fully automatic hoist, requires no hand cranking. Item features automatic brake function with build-in safety braking mechanism and thermal protection device to ensure safety.
  • Easy to Operate It comes with all necessary mountings. Simply assembled then ready to use. Compact construction, lightweight, easy operation, perfect for lifting small engines, transmissions, large shop tools, or building supplies in factories, warehouses and cargo berth.

 

Some notes from Joey, the pictured bag is a 20 lb custom Brew in a Bag via brewinabag.com.  Joey says that the included hook is small, so he obtained 440 lb capacity carabiner at a local hardware store.

Goplus Lift Electric Hoist Garage Auto Shop Electric Wire Hoist Overhead Lift w/Remote Control (440LBS)


Also:  BIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB | Cereal Killer Grain MIll | Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing | All Grain Tips & Gear

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

500 lb Capacity Adjustable Carriage w/8 Wheels

Movable Base with 8 Locking Rubber Swivel Wheels Size Adjustable Universal Machine Carriage for Washing Machine Dryer Refrigerator Cabinet Flowerpot

Movable Base with 8 Locking Rubber Swivel Wheels Size Adjustable Universal Machine Carriage for Washing Machine Dryer Refrigerator Cabinet Flowerpot


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Size adjustable from 17 by 18 to 22 by 23 inches
  • Effective buffer vibration to reduce noise, improve the efficiency of furniture work, and extend the service life
  • Equipped with 4 double wheels, effortless mobile machine, easy to clean the bottom of the machine
  • Robust material to withstand higher weights up to 500 pounds

Movable Base with 8 Locking Rubber Swivel Wheels Size Adjustable Universal Machine Carriage for Washing Machine Dryer Refrigerator Cabinet Flowerpot


Also: Tip: Plant Caddies For Moving Kegs & Carboys – give your back a break

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Tip: Plant Caddies For Moving Kegs & Carboys – give your back a break

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy - 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving - Tip proof - Outdoor / Indoor - White color planter dolly doesn't overheat plants - Wall rim to secure planter (13")

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy – 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving – Tip proof – Outdoor / Indoor – White color planter dolly doesn’t overheat plants – Wall rim to secure planter (13″)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Extra strength planter caddy wheels can handle the heaviest of planters
  • Inconspicuous look – Wheels sit directly underneath planter without out extending out like other planter dollies with casters

Thanks to HBF Reader Seth for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF], Seth Says: “Something that I have started doing is using plant stand rollers for moving my carboys around the house. They usually have a very high weight limit because potted plants can be extremely heavy. I even have some that are made of wood that have slats in them and if my carboys has a port I’ll run my hose through it so i don’t agitate my beer once it’s settled.”

Note from HBF: The pictured and linked planter caddy is an example.  Search below for other possible models.  Make sure the one you choose is properly sized and rated for your intended application.

Search: Flower Pot Roller Base on Amazon

Rocky Mountain Goods Planter Caddy – 4 Extra strength wheels for easy plant moving – Tip proof – Outdoor / Indoor – White color planter dolly doesn’t overheat plants – Wall rim to secure planter (13″)


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Putting Together a “Brew Day Box”

Why a Brew Day Box?

Over the years I’ve homebrewed, I’ve utilized a number of storage and organization strategies.  Some could be defined less as strategies and more as “piles”.  These strategies have ranged from, cardboard boxes, to big totes that I threw everything under the sun into to using smaller shoe box size containers and breaking everything out into categories.  The shoe box size organization method has worked well and other than a few large totes for bigger items, it’s what I’ve settled on.  At some point after going to that, I realized that when brew day rolled around, I had to collect items from a number of these containers.  I usually forgot something and had to look around, multiple times per brew day trying to find whatever I needed.  That evolved into putting together a container just for brew days.  I cleverly 🙂 call that my “Brew Day Box”.  This container houses nearly all the small odds and ends that I use when brewing.  I’ve also tried to make sure those things don’t really need removed at other times.  For example I use a refractometer regularly, not just on brew day, so… I bought another refractometer.  Everything that’s in my Brew Day Box generally… stay in my Brew Day Box.  This keeps everything in one place and I’m not wasting time trying to find stuff when I should be brewing.

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Stack! Co. Keg Dolly – give your back a break

Stack! Co. Slim Beer Keg Dolly fits up to 11" keg

Stack! Co. Slim Beer Keg Dolly fits up to 11″ keg by Stack! Co


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Non-Marking Polyurethane tires which hold up better than black rubber tires.
  • Rotational AND Axle bearings rather than just and axle pin = smoother travel.
  • Caster lock which stops both rotational and directional travel.
  • Larger, heavy duty caster yoke and mounting plate. Perfect for a Plant Dolly as well.
  • Wicking ribs which routes condensation and spills to built in drainage ports.

Note from HBF: Use to help move kegs and suitable gear around your home brewery and give your back a break.

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Stack! Co. Slim Beer Keg Dolly fits up to 11″ keg

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Short On Time? Time Saving Homebrew Tips!

time saving homebrew tips

Time can be a big factor when it comes to homebrewing.  Sure, it may be nice to spend sunrise until sunset carefully hand crafting a batch (or batches) of beer, but the practicalities of life can and do factor in when we’re deciding if we can brew a batch of beer.  For your stage of life, time may not be a factor.  If so, that’s awesome.  For others, time saving tips and techniques could help you brew more often.

With those thoughts in mind, I put the call out to the HBF community [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] to get some time saving tips and tricks.  A selection  of those along with some of my own thoughts follows.  Thanks to all who participated!  A full list of contributors is at the end of this post.

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