- Jan 11, 2019
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- Central Texas
And here I thought that ALL laundry tubs were concrete!
I'm a few years behind you and can still handle full carboys, but the handwriting is on the wall. Regardless of age, the best way to prevent a problem is to completely circumvent it. Using a pump is a wise choice.I'm 66, handling full carboys is asking for disaster. I can handle them, but I'd rather not. I'd rather think harder and act smarter.
You're living vicariously through the mistakes of others -- that's wisdom! Don't sell yourself short!There are many people here much smarter than myself.
south Texas, HUM,a basement, I live in South Texas, basements are in commercial buildings, none in homes.
@ratflinger and @winemaker81 you both mentioned a double sink. Some people on this forum mentioned that they are using a large laundry sink. Do you think that a double sink has significant advantages over that? Either way, I need a sink large enough for 5 gal buckets and carboys.
I will keep watch on Craig's list for a commercial sink.
I use the same sink outside in my vineyard/garden area to clean carboys, etc. If you use treated support posts for the legs the thing is good for almost forever. A frost free hydrant comes up the back for the water so it works out well.Mine is large enough to drain a 7.9 gallon primary upside down, and easily fits a carboy, and can soak 8 bottles in one side of the sink. The advantage of a double sink is you can do 2 different things at the same time.
On the flip side, laundry sinks tend to be deeper, so you can completely submerge larger objects.
Unfortunately, fiberglass laundry sinks can't handle abuse the way stainless steel can. Circa 1990, an acquaintance dropped a full carboy in a laundry sink -- the carboy went through the sink and shattered on a cement floor. This turned me off the idea of a laundry sink, as if I lose grip on a full carboy, I'll be replacing the carboy and wine, not the sink as well, and cleaning up less mess. [It's entirely possible that today's laundry sinks are sturdier, but I have not researched it.]
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"Romania wasn't built in a day." Archie Bunker
I find it interesting no one has said a floor drain yet.
Number one is storage area, you will never have enough as for full carboys/ empty glass/ pumps/ filtration/ fruit press/ cases of bottles. Storage can be lesser grade as formica or wire racks. #2 is a wet process area which is smaller than storage, I like stainless but the key is being able to clean it, yup I have cleaned both walls and floor. A lot of my transfers are gravity with vacuum assistance so I have milk crates and metal stands to adjust height.
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#3 is a dry chemical/ sugar/ weighing/ lab test area. My Chemical bench is the smallest section. Some club folks keep a desk with the chromatography or Hacch meter
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#4 some club members have a display area for ribbons.
A lot of what you need is based on your style. One club member has a chest freezer to precipitate tartrates from northern hybrid grapes. I do a lot of country wines so I wind up having a freezer with five gallons of rhubarb juice or grape or fresh gooseberry or raspberry etc. If you make the same wines every year you can lock in your benches & the tools you always use, I change the country wines every season so flexibility is a key.
Brilliant! Looks like you removed the casters and bolted the jack to a wooden platform. Did you build the platform from 2 by lumber? Can't tell from the picture but did you re-mount the casters on the bottom of the platform so that you could move it around your space? What type of drill is required to raise and lower the unit? I see what appears to be a DeWalt drill on the bench. Could you post some more close up pictures of the stand? That is ingenious!This is a transmission jack from Harbor Freight. I raise and lower with a drill.
Yes That is the jack.Brilliant! Looks like you removed the casters and bolted the jack to a wooden platform. Did you build the platform from 2 by lumber? Can't tell from the picture but did you re-mount the casters on the bottom of the platform so that you could move it around your space? What type of drill is required to raise and lower the unit? I see what appears to be a DeWalt drill on the bench. Could you post some more close up pictures of the stand? That is ingenious!
Is this the jack in question?
450 lb. Low Lift Transmission Jack (harborfreight.com)
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