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Old 08-16-2011, 02:23 AM   #401
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For those that own a brewhemoth 2.0, do the legs allow for casters? I'd love to be able to wheel 15 gallons, rather then ensuring it's location for entire fermentation.

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:43 AM   #402
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For those that own a brewhemoth 2.0, do the legs allow for casters? I'd love to be able to wheel 15 gallons, rather then ensuring it's location for entire fermentation.
id not recommend it without modifying it yourself to make them work properly. you could just slap some on but it won't be very stable... im going to have a friend weld an iron trolly to widen the base, drop the legs into square tube so its more stable, and add some nice casters that could handle some rug/thin carpet action
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Definitely agree. You would need the legs to be welded to the fermenter, not bolted. Plus they could do with support between legs given their length and weight they need to support.

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:40 AM   #404
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I'll run some tests as soon as I get the pump. I usually don't crank the heat on the PBW-mix above 150F but it's a valid point. For the price of the pump, it's worth the trial. Otherwise it's a much more expensive option for a CIP that is more for fun than function.

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I used to use a similar pump to clean my kegs until it blew a seal and ran oil thru the kegs I was cleaning. I used hot tap water and Oxi which probably started at around 125-130 degrees but may have heated up more with the heat from the pump.

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Old 08-17-2011, 09:40 PM   #405
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I used to use a similar pump to clean my kegs until it blew a seal and ran oil thru the kegs I was cleaning. I used hot tap water and Oxi which probably started at around 125-130 degrees but may have heated up more with the heat from the pump.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/more...leaned-214185/
These pumps claim to be oil-less.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:26 PM   #406
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These pumps claim to be oil-less.
Now that is good to know. I had no idea they made such a thing. Actually I didn't know they had oil in them either until it ended up in my tub!!
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Here is the details listed on Ebay.

Flow 3700 GPH
900 watt Motor
110V
1-1/4" & 1-1/2" DISCHARGE FITTING
Oil Free Motor
Thermal overload protection
Thermoplastic construction
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So, who has the best cooling method figgerd out for these things now? I would award merit to both cold-crash and merely lager-ferment systems. I've been tearing my head off how to do things. I'd really like to be able to cold crash in the fermenter, but this isn't an absolute necessity. Method one involves using a commercial glass or solid door fridge.

Advantages:
Can ferment a 5G batch for use as a starter for a full half bbl batch
Can see the bling (if glass door)
It's done and ready from the get-go (don't need to build anything (already have controllers))

Disadvantages:
That's all it will be for
Expensive

Another method involves using water/glycol, stored in a chest freezer and pumped through a stainless immersion coil via the top port (the one they sell or otherwise).

Advantages:
Can store other stuff like elk in the freezer
Can buy a new unit (new commercial fridges are bucks, looking at used units)
Likely cheaper
Could always convert to collared dispenser


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Can't do my 5G batches to get the yeast for the 15G batches first
Might not look as cool.
Have to buy/make the cooling coil
Have to make an insulated chamber (if I have a prayer of crash cooling, and/or give a damn about efficiency. Was thinking about just a 'drop-on' box with 2 or 4'' polyurethane panels for insulation.


What do you guys think?

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Am leaning toward the chest freezer method, but still would not know how to make 5G (in a carboy) of lager first (as the yeast starter and to drink).

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Am leaning toward the chest freezer method, but still would not know how to make 5G (in a carboy) of lager first (as the yeast starter and to drink).
I think I'm going to do a bucket of glycol in a freezer (I have an extra 5cf one sitting around) and a pond pump thru the coil insert for now. Well, once I get one of these fermenters. In time I would like to have 4 of these and then go to a chiller unit like these LINKY to run them all with some redhat valves.
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