Things To Make

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How To Make Your Home Made Recirculation Sprinkler

This is easy and takes less than five minutes. You will need a plastic 6 pint (3.4 litre) milk container, a pair of strong scissors and a punch, dart, or even an electric drill – basically anything that can make holes in the milk container.

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 lots of small holes in the bottom of the container. Finished! You are now the proud owner of one food grade plastic recirculation sprinkler that will last for years.

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It's a boring job (no pun intended), but the more holes you make in the bottom now, the less time the whole process of wort recirculation will take and the sprinkler will become blocked with debris on fewer occasions.

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.

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How To Make Your Home Made Sparging Jug

This too is easy 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 siphon 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 siphon 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.

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As long as your drilled hole is more or less round (!) you will find this forms a very effective seal. The tubing has to be long enough to fit your sparging jug, which will be placed in a high position, to the mash tun, so leave it long for now until you come to set up your equipment, then cut it to size.

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

You will need two 150mm lengths of siphon tubing about 8mm in diameter (or however wide the diameter of your wort chiller tubing is) and two small Jubilee clips. You’ll also need a good length of cheap hosepipe  and the right Hozelock connection to fit the hose to the cold water tap of your choice.

Basically the problem is this: the boiling wort needs to be cooled as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of infection and this is done by dropping the sterilised immersion wort chiller into the wort and passing 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 a good method of connecting the hosepipe to the wort chiller is needed because there’s a fair amount of water pressure to contend with when you turn that tap on full. As this may not be completely watertight no matter how well everything fits together, I strongly suggest you cool your wort outdoors. Then any drips will only serve to water the lawn and not your kitchen floor. 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 few 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.

Hosepipe connections for immersion wort
Hosepipe connections for immersion wort

Next, dip the ends of the two bits of siphon 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. Then put the jubilee clips over the siphon tubing and up the copper pipe of the chiller, thread the end of the hose lengths up the siphon tubing and screw down the jubilee clips so it is gripping hosepipe, siphon tubing and copper piping all at the same time. Screw the clips down as hard as they will go and there you have it.