Yeah, mine too. I’d like to buy shiny new ones but budgets being what they are. The last three I bought from keg land still had lemonade in them. One of them was from France as well, still has a pretty cool logistics sticker on it.
When I use it I like to fantasize that I’m the bar owner in the opening scene of Ronin
Make sure they get plenty of sun and regular watering (you probably know that already). When I had hops growing I had to compromise and they didn't get much sun. They grew ok but I didn't get much out of the harvests. I used to do an IPA every harvest season that used all my fresh hops and often more. It was always nice to enjopy the things you grow (and brew)
Looking good @johnny , I'm still BIABing.
Punched out an 11.5% RIS in a 40 litre urn a while back. Fought that fucker all day and then again all day on the first day of fermentation.
Great beer though.
I used some 5mm angle to sit the pots on. I'll be using a gas burner for heat and wanted to ensure that the supports had integrity. Pretty sure that this will do the job. I cut notches out so it fits relatively snuggly onto the rack.
Bought a pot second hand that had a bunch of crap scorched onto it and used a kitchen polish called Gumption to get it shiney looking. A bit of elbow grease required but worth the effort.
I created a heat shield for the pump as I hope to have it sit under the side of the MLT. I'll insulate the hoses in the hope of not dropping too much temp as I vorlauf but I'm expecting to have to add a few degrees here and there.
I've gone with two layers of insulation. The first layer is the stuff that sits below the roof tiles in the ceiling of most houses - it's like thick aluminium foil.
The second layer is a shitty yoga matt. It's only about 4-5mm thick and I can see myself replacing it with something better pretty soon.