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Old 08-18-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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-Ok, so this has probably been posted or posited before:
but has anyone tried to rig up one of the Computer CPU hydro/liquid coolers to your fermenter for temp control?
I could imagine some additions (to avoid cold-spotting your fermenter) could be getting a gel jacket and wrapping a fermenter then adding one or two CPU coolers to the outside, maybe even wrap a temp-conductive coil and attach it to the CPU cooler and coil the rest through/inside the gel jacket. Then a Johnson to keep the CPU coolers at the right temp. Seems it would be a handy way to regulate temp, and those CPU coolers actually don't use much electricity. With the cost of those hydro coolers at less than $50 a piece it would seem to be a pretty effective and price worthy solution.

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I was thinking something like this thing:
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Kuhler-H...rds=CPU+cooler

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I don't think that would ever work. They work by taking heat away with the liquid with metal on metal contact over a small area. You would need a much larger contact area and the glass or plastic would insulate it too much.

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I had an idea of buying a 1 gallon wooden casks and replacing the 'bottom' or back of said cask with a price of sheet metal, and attempting to cool 1 gallon of liquid with one of those things. Too many projects, not enough money.

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Those work because the temp of the CPU being cooled is much hotter than ambient temps. The fan/air heat exchanger takes plenty of heat away because of this temp delta. However, it cannot drop the temp any lower than ambient.

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I don't think that would ever work. They work by taking heat away with the liquid with metal on metal contact over a small area. You would need a much larger contact area and the glass or plastic would insulate it too much.
That makes sense. Maybe you could put the fan/radiator in your fridge, then send it in a copper coil around your fermenter. Just thinking of creative ways to make a "cool jacket" for your fermenter.
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Those work because the temp of the CPU being cooled is much hotter than ambient temps. The fan/air heat exchanger takes plenty of heat away because of this temp delta. However, it cannot drop the temp any lower than ambient.
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What about a Peltier cooler?
http://www.suntekstore.com/goods.php...tm_source=gbus

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