Backyard brewery

Backyard brewery

From the MAKE Flickr pool

Member Knormie explains his blunt but effective home brewery –

My homebrew setup. On the right is the Bike Pump Sparge System (BPSS – pat pend). Air is pumped into the Cornelius keg and 180 degree water is forced out and into the mash/lauter tun. Fresh wort then runs out through the custom wort delivery pipe and into the bottom of the brew kettle. After boiling, the kettle is manually lifted to where the mash tun is positioned and attached to the counterflow wort chiller for delivery into a glass carboy (not shown) for fermentation. Crude, but effective.

Hey – whatever gets the job done. –Link

And in case you’re wondering – “Wort” refers to the sugary liquid extracted from the mashing portion of the brewing process –Link


Build your own Bender beer brewery –Link

12 thoughts on “Backyard brewery

  1. Anonymous Maker says:

    Just an FYI, this is illegal in most, if not all, states.

  2. UH non eh mus says:



    therefore it is not related.

  3. irongus says:

    I do not know what the previous commentors are thinking but there is a difference between brewing and distilling. The setup described above is a way to prepare the wort for BREWING and is legal. If they took the time to read the paragraph and possibly look at the picture they you would see plainly that this is not a still.
    Nice job on the wort chiller, simple and effective. i think i will build one.

  4. Chad says:

    Cool setup with the positive pressure on the sparge corny, but the thought of carrying hot wort makes every part of my body pucker and squirm in fear.

    I highly highly HIGHLY recommend that this brewer and any other brewer NOT try to move hot wort by lifting, cart or any means other than a pump or gravity. I few years ago I did just that and ended up with a bath of 214 degree wort spilled down the front of my jeans badly burning my legs and feet. I couldn’t walk for a month.

    there’s a photo of my right foot on my flickr.

  5. Tipsy says:

    Yeah, homebrewing is completely legal and a great hobby for any beer lover. In the US, the federal government allows any household to brew 100 gallons of beer per year for each person living there, but only up to 200 gallons total per year.

    I like the bike pump attached to the corny keg idea for the sparge water. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of doing that before.

  6. Dan says:

    Well that’s creative in a Goldburg sort of way, why not just get two more plastic crates and use gravity to sparge?

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