Repurposing Brewing Equipment

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by BOB357, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. BOB357

    BOB357 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fallon, Nevada
    I've accumulated several fermenters over the years that I no longer feel comfortable fermenting in. I hate to see anything go to waste when it can be repurposed. so I cut the bottoms out of the fermenters and use them as hot caps in the garden. It's nice to get an early start without worrying about frost killing young plants. My wife has put them over her herbs in late fall and has a great survival rate.

    Here in the high desert the rule of thumb is not to plant anything but root crops before Mothers' Day, for fear of a late frost. With the mild Winter we've had this year I decided plant a couple of tomatoes yesterday and used old carboys to protect them. I push the carboys about 8" into the ground so the wind doesn't blow them off. You can also use buckets if you cut to bottom out, put them around the plants and secure Saran Wrap over the top.

    After growing our own for many years, we don't buy tomatoes. Even the best you can buy in your local super market don't compare to home growns, so an early start means the first BLT will come early.

    Side.jpg

    Top.jpg
     
  2. Herm_brews

    Herm_brews Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2019
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    1,977
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Window glass and screen tech
    Good idea Bob.
     
    BOB357 likes this.
  3. BOB357

    BOB357 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fallon, Nevada
    Doubt it would be useful to you in SoCal:)
     
    Herm_brews and thunderwagn like this.
  4. Head First

    Head First Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    Messages:
    2,254
    Likes Received:
    2,455
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Back in the mountains
    Neat little hot house Bob!
    Do you take them off when weather gets too hot during the day and still a frost chance, then put back at night? We will get 65f and still freeze down to 25f in early to mid May. June first is our frost free guarantee(most of the time).

    On another note, our local grocery store brings in a cherry type variety pack they call wild mix I think? A variety of flavors and not those pithy little hothouse things, they actually taste pretty decent. Not much good for a blt though:D without some fancy slicing.
     
  5. BOB357

    BOB357 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fallon, Nevada
    We get a lot of wind this time of year so, if the forecast calls for wind speeds over 15mph and the temp to stay below 75F, I just leave them on. If it doesn't look like any danger of frost for a few days and the winds are mild, I will take them off. Just play it by ear.

    Another tip that really helps growth and production: Epsom salt is great for plants, especially peppers and tomatoes. Just sprinkle a couple tablespoons around the base of each plant when you fertilize and water to dissolve. Most soil is magnesium deficient, and plants need magnesium. Someone told me about this a few years ago and I tried it. There was an amazing difference in growth and production over that of my neighbor's garden. We plant within a few days of each other and usually have similar results.
     
  6. BOB357

    BOB357 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fallon, Nevada
    We get a lot of wind this time of year so, if the forecast calls for wind speeds over 15mph and the temp to stay below 75F, I just leave them on. If it doesn't look like any danger of frost for a few days and the winds are mild, I will take them off. Just play it by ear.

    Another tip that really helps growth and production: Epsom salt is great for plants, especially peppers and tomatoes. Just sprinkle a couple tablespoons around the base of each plant when you fertilize, and water to dissolve. Most soil is magnesium deficient, and plants need magnesium. Someone told me about this a few years ago and I tried it. There was an amazing difference in growth and production over that of my neighbor's garden. We plant within a few days of each other and usually have similar results.
     
    Head First, Group W and Trialben like this.
  7. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,436
    Likes Received:
    9,497
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    Bloody great Idea Bob! Hey do you save your tomato seeds and re plant them? This helps them acclimatise to your growing conditions ive herd.

    One of our biggest enemies is pests including tamoto boring caterpillars. We have a plague of butterflies here in SE QLD they are fluttering about by the millions so are their larvae:eek:.
     
    BOB357 likes this.
  8. BOB357

    BOB357 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fallon, Nevada
    I don't save and replant seeds. Most of what we grow are hybrids and will often revert to different varieties when you use seeds from them. We did have some cherry tomatoes that came up volunteer for several years, but they didn't come up last year. I usually just buy plants because our growing season is relatively short. Seems when I've started from seed we're late in getting any harvest.

    Are the boring caterpillars the green segmented ones with the horn on their head? If so, we get those too. Not so much here in the desert, but they were bad where we lived before.
     
    Trialben likes this.
  9. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,436
    Likes Received:
    9,497
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    Na no horn just green all over.

    Another repurposed fermentor project i did last year was making waste water filtration system for dishwater. It was a flunk but turned into a great little spinach growing container in the end.
     
    Head First and BOB357 like this.
  10. BOB357

    BOB357 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    7,291
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fallon, Nevada
    Just about any container works. I replaced the porcelain kitchen double sink last year and will now use it to grow onions, garlic, beats, radishes, carrots, etc. I've actually repurposed old toilet bowls and bath tubs as well.
     
    Head First and Trialben like this.
  11. Group W

    Group W Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2017
    Messages:
    1,388
    Likes Received:
    2,290
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Didn’t know that about Epsom salts. Thanks! We have a cold wind also. Nice reverse igloos.
     
    Head First and Trialben like this.

Share This Page

arrow_white