just to (hopefully) contribute something helpful to the BIAB team, when looking for a decent pulley setup for my BIAB i was hoping to rig something with a mech advantage of 3 or 4, but the cost of doubles is pretty steep, so i had my one lightbulb moment for 2017 and found on fleabay a boat trailer winch for $30 delivered which i mounted to the wall of my garage (i brew in the same spot every time)
the winch is geared so you can hoist it one click at a time if you wish with barely an ounce of effort required. can also lower in reverse gear as well....
Link for the trailer/BIAB winch on ebay, no affil blah blah, $30 free delivery, works perfectly.
Excellent post Bribie.
My 20 year old twin double welded kegs seem a bit rustic now.
But the principles remain the same.
I have forwarded your post to my brother who is keen to brew, but looks at my set-up as something from the 19/20th century.
I'm also interested in your slow hoist as an alternative to my long held " get it out ASAP " method.
Keep up the good work mate and cheers.
I just hose it out, then take a "non scratch" green kitchen pad to clean the whole inside. Is yours a concealed or exposed element? Mine is an exposed element and I clean it off with a SS scouring "ball". Every now and again, for show, I polish the outside with a SS polish like Metal Magic whatever.
If you can get your hands on some pure sodium percarbonate, the active ingredient in napisan, various dishwacher cleaners etc, a strong solution will zap off any organic matter and a follow up with an acid should remove mineral scale.
i have exposed element, i simply hose out to begin with, the fill with couple of litres of water and sod perc to cover the element, bring to boil and empty it out and wipe the element clean, easy as, never had to scrub it hard.
Got my first brew down (an oatmeal XPA) with this urn and my whole new setup, everything went well, no hiccups. Wort is currently in the cube, will hopefully transfer to fermenter and pitch today. The info in this guide and on these forums has been invaluable. Cheers!