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hedgerowpete

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Interesting to see how your system has evolved, my set up is about as basic as it gets !
my first set up was a salt chemical bucket from a swimming pool that held 30l. i used a tescos kettle element before anyone else got on the band wagon and a muslin bag. the trick worked and lasted many years after a while it got improved to an insulated bucket when i found some scrap 25mm polystrene sheet and duct tape. its from that plastic bucket i went into this stock pot. i only did that due to the bucket finally breaking. its extreamly easy to brew good beer without a massive budget, then again from what i see here on the forums its just as easy to spend a forutne on shiney and not brew any beer at all.

save on the kit, but spend on the ingrediants
 
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my first set up was a salt chemical bucket from a swimming pool that held 30l. i used a tescos kettle element before anyone else got on the band wagon and a muslin bag. the trick worked and lasted many years after a while it got improved to an insulated bucket when i found some scrap 25mm polystrene sheet and duct tape. its from that plastic bucket i went into this stock pot. i only did that due to the bucket finally breaking. its extreamly easy to brew good beer without a massive budget, then again from what i see here on the forums its just as easy to spend a forutne on shiney and not brew any beer at all.

save on the kit, but spend on the ingrediants
More expensive kit can make the process easier and demand less of your time for sure. But the principles are the same whether it's brewing with a pan or an all in one.

That's the great thing about this hobby, each to their own.
There's people on this forum producing fantastic beer using all methods from the humblest to the shiniest.
Like most crafts, it's not so much the tools you've got it's how you use them.
 

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Instead of a pressure barrel use a cube for cask ale.
G’day @foxy , could you please elaborate a bit on how you set this system up to your beer engine? Is the secondary tube in the cube connected to C02 via a breather. Do you connect the cube directly to the pump I am looking for a simple system to hook up to my 'ghetto beer engine' + how do you condition the beer? Cheers scomet
 

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G'day mate, that was a gravity pour in the picture, but I set mine up to the beer engine via the tap. The bag was a collapsible camping water carrier which I filled with co2 from the ferment. Condition in a secondary or in the cube, I put half a teaspoon of sugar in the cube. A breather would be more useful connected to the gas bottle. As you can see I have the demand valve ready to be set up for the next cube.

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