This ratchet worked great pulling up 30kg of wet grain, so probably 100kg with my pulling.
Could not have done it with out it.
My kettle is 185litres, these guys made my custom grain bag too and posted to Australia, loved it.
I just got a huge 150 quart cooler and got a new huge brew bag to do no sparge 10 gallon batches. I got this pulley to help lifting 20+pounds of wet grain. The pulleys really work well and make lifting the heavy wet grain really simple. Well worth the investment.
Just what I needed. Works perfectly.The system will be built on a rail. Is useful not only for a brew bag
It works as it's supposed to, it's a pulley system. If you use a brew bag you will definitely need some sort of lifting system unless you are training for a strongman competition. Lift the bag, let it drain a couple minutes, then squeeze out that sweet wort until you get tired. I highly recommend using this hoist. Work smarter not harder #brewbag
The BIAB was used in conjunction with a SS false bottom. Why, because the keggle was already fitted with a false bottom and two filtering systems had to be better than one.
Previous brews were conducted in a 7.5 gallon SS pot using heat from a banjo burner to move from one rest step temperature to the next and a cast iron plate between the burner and pot to spread the heat and to avoid a hot spot. As a result, with stirring and the cast iron plate, I never had any burned grain stuck to the bottom of the pot.
After conducting the I connected the BIAB to the pulley and hoisted the bag until it was just out of the keggle so I transfer grist to a fruit press to collect wort trapped in the grist. I must add that the bottom of the BIAB was always inches above the bottom of the keggle and above the SS false bottom and therefore never in contact with the bottom of the keggle.
As I continued raising the bag I observed a small 3-4 inch burst point. Not sure if the rupture was due to a fabric flaw or something I may have done while stirring the mash. I originally blamed the rupture on Murphy’s Brew Day Luck.
After removing the BIAB and redundant false bottom I noticed a layer of scorched grain on the bottom of the keggle.
Since I add during the mash it appears that the burst likely occurred during the mash and was scorched while I was adding heat to reach the next rest interval. Had I not used the SS false bottom stirring would likely have prevented having any scorched grains. This is why I still suspect that the bag burst sometime during the mash.
Fortunately I was able to coerce my wife into sewing up the hole with repair fabric provided by BIAB.
Needless to say the SS false bottom will not be used in future brews and a cast iron plate will be placed between the burner and keggle bottom to dissipate the heat.
exactly what i needed
The brew bag is very good quality, and the pulley really helped save my back.
I've done mini-mash batches before, and this is just a bigger version of that.
My first BIAB batch came out quite low on ABV, but that's my fault- either too coarse on the grind or just need more grain. Tastes great, I'll just have to try again! This system is awesome, I highly recommend it.
Finally got around to using my brew bag last week, definitely simplified my brew day! I hit all my target numbers and saved a few steps. Thanks
If you short like me (5' - 7") this is a great addition to the entire brew system. As I have my equipment elevated to aid in run off and fluid transfer, this keeps me from having to lift a reasonably hefty bag of wet grain at an awkward angle. I purchased it solely for the ratcheting action, and it works very well.
This system works well for pulling and draining your Brew Bag full of spent grain. The pulleys are well made but the rope is a single braid that causes the system to twist several times when you hoist under load. PITA. I replaced the rope with 5/16" double braid polyester yacht rope for about $11. Works great now.
This works great. 2:1 advantage with the block and tackle make easy work of pulling out your brew bag. The ratchet holds the bag making draining easy. My main reason to get the heavy duty rope ratchet was the larger diameter rope, easier to pull. Save your back, get the ratchet pulley.
Good solid construction. Probably a bit overkill for my system but it can definitely handle the weight of larger batches.
No problems - as advertised. Easy deal.