Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Crane progress

Some progress recently.

I built and mounted the winch part of the crane.
Mounted all of that to the back board.
Mounted the mash stirring motor.
Mounted the heatsink on the SSR and moved it all to the other end

I took no pics along the way so I decided to just make a video of the current state of things.

The steel cable is rated to a over 50 kgs so it should be good for lifting a mash.

I gave the winch a test on the bench and it was easily able to lift a 10kg weight. This is probably more than it needs to lift for a 8-10 litre batch.

I plan to reinforce the backboard at some point too.

I have some 316 stainless steel stock and wire mesh to make up a bag to clip under the lid and a stirrer to connect to the motor.

The idea being that the bag and stirrer easily unclip for removal and cleaning.

I also have a solenoid and some stainless steel to form into level probes. This should allow automated filling of the pot with water.


  1. Zizzle,

    Seriously mate this is some tidy work.

    My automated brewery (inspired by your MK1) has been running flawlessly for thousands of litres of beer but somehow you are inspiring me to give the single vessle approach a crack

    Keep up the good work and blogging about it we are all hanging out for brewday

    Cheers Rob.