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This page has details of how to make your Recirculation Sprinkler, Sparging Jug, Wind Shield for the Outdoor Gas Burner and your Hose Pipe Connections for your Immersion Wort Chiller.

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How To Make Your Home Made Recirculation Sprinkler

This is not Rocket Science and will take less than five minutes. You will need a plastic 4 pint (2.2 litre) milk container, a pair of strong scissors and a dart, or some such other sharp tool.

Simply cut the top section off the milk container to leave a wide opening BUT make sure you leave the handle of the container intact, as shown.

Next, take your dart/sharp thing and make shedloads of small holes in the bottom of the container and Hey Presto, one food grade plastic recirculation sprinkler that will last for years.

It's a boring job, but the more holes you make in the bottom now, the less time the whole process of wort recirculation will take up.

I recommend using a milk container because I know that these things are made of food grade plastic. It's vitally important that you use plastic that is food grade whenever said plastic is coming into contact with anything you are going to end up drinking.


milk containers - food grade and free!











the more holes, the quicker the recirculation process.




How To Make Your Home Made Sparging Jug

expect a FEW drips though!



This is easy too and will take only a few minutes. You need a food grade plastic 4 pint (2.2 litre) jug, a few feet of food grade syphon tubing about 8mm in diameter, and an electric drill.

Simply drill a hole in the side of your jug about half an inch or so from the bottom. The diameter of your hole should be slightly less than the diameter of your syphon tubing. Soak one end of the tubing in boiling water for a minute - this will make it much more pliant - and force the end of the tube through the hole, with much grunting and groaning. As long as your drilled hole is more or less round (!) you will find this forms a very effective seal.



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How To Make Your Home Made Wind Shield For Your Outdoor Gas Burner

Very necessary unfortunately as the slightest breeze is capable of extinguishing the flame. You will need a saw, a screwdriver and screws, and some scraps of wood - plywood is good for the sides and something a bit more substantial for the corners.

You need four pieces of plywood the same size, and the size of these depends on the size of your burner. You want your windshield snug enough to go round your burner to shield the flame, BUT not so snug that it scorches or even catches fire when the burner is on. You’ll have to cut a little ‘hatch’ in one piece of plywood to enable the gas pipe to pass through, as shown in the picture, then it’s a simple matter of making a crude but effective frame. Listen, as you can guess looking at the picture, I’m crap at woodwork, so if I can do it, anyone can...


the hamster's eaten the door and made good his escape.












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How To Make Your Home Made Hose Pipe Connections For Your Immersion Wort Chiller

food grade syphon tubing in place and Jubilee Clip slipped on awaiting hosepipe to be connected.















hosepipe on and Jubilee Clip moved down and secured.  (The raggedy bits on pipe are old pieces of gaffa tape)

Basically the problem is this: you need to cool your boiling wort as quickly as possible which means you drop your immersion wort chiller into the liquid and pass cold tap water through it. Obviously to a great extent the faster the cold water runs through the chiller the quicker the wort will cool, but to obtain a fast supply of cold water, you need a good method of connecting your hose pipe to your wort chiller because there’s a fair amount of water pressure to contend with. For more years than was healthy, I put up with sticking my hose pipe onto my chiller with yards of gaffer tape, with results that can best be described as variable. I eventually got my act together and took my chiller to my local Plumb Center and asked for their help. Surprisingly the guy who served me quite cheerfully announced he didn’t have a clue and couldn’t help me! (Maybe I was unlucky enough to get the trainee). In the end I worked it out myself and it goes as follows:

You will need two six inch (150mm) lengths of syphon tubing about 8mm in diameter and two small Jubilee clips. You’ll also need a good length of cheap and narrow hosepipe (the ‘kink-free’ type is the best but most expensive option) and the right Hozelock connection to fit the pipe to the cold water tap of your choice.

As this is very probably not going to be completely watertight no matter how well everything fits together, I suggest you cool your wort outdoors, in your back garden. That way, the inevitable drips will only serve to water the lawn, and not your kitchen floor. As you‘ll be doing your boiling outdoors in the back garden too this is doubly sensible, as carrying fermentation bins full of boiling wort is An Accident Waiting To Happen, and we don’t want that. Work out how many feet of hose you will need to run from your cold water tap (I have an outdoor tap, so lucky me, but if you don’t, you’re talking running the hose through the open kitchen window nearest the sink) and cut to length, with a couple of feet to spare in case of error. Next, work out how many feet of hosepipe you’re going to need to run from the wort chiller to a drain or grate of your choice and cut that to length, again with a bit to spare.

Next, dip the ends of the two bits of syphon tubing in boiling water for a minute to make them pliant, and push them onto the copper ends of the wort chiller, far enough up so they won’t ever come off. Next, put the jubilee clips over the syphon tubing and up the copper pipe of the chiller, thread the end of the hose lengths up the syphon tubing and screw down the jubilee clips so it is gripping hosepipe, syphon tubing and copper piping all at the same time. Screw the clips down as hard as they will go and there you have the finished product.

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