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Elfmaze 07-02-2009 04:24 AM

Idea for a fermentation cooler - aquarium cooler
 
I had an idea. Durring the winter months i put my fermenters in a plastic tub with an aquarium heater. kept the water warm when the basement was like 40*.

anyone think a water bath with an aquarium chiller would work in the summer months? Will not work if i go with a conical but for buckets and carboys it might.

Aquarium Chillers


Idea or no good?

RogerMcAllen 07-02-2009 04:40 AM

As long as you don't want to lager you should be fine.

My biggest issue with one of those would be price. For much less you could probably rig up a "cold box". All you would need need to do is frame out a box with 2x4's, insulate well, and install a window air conditioner. You could also rig up something similar using a mini fridge and a temperature controller.

Here is a link to the refrigerator concept:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-6-...version-88554/

weirdboy 07-02-2009 04:42 AM

Holy crap those are expensive.

Rick500 07-02-2009 04:49 AM

Only semi-off-topic: Someone posted a link to a programmable aquarium temp controller last week. I can't find the post now. Anyone remember the name of it?

HappyValley 07-02-2009 06:46 AM

Laboratory cooler on CL
 
Same idea for sale on CL ($250): German Labratory Chiller for Reef Aquarium, Wine/Beer,etc.

I've thought about rigging this up to circulate glycol through copper tubing running through the fermentation vessel somehow. Instead, I just realized I have an extra portable AC unit lying around I'll probably rig up to an insulated box. Someone should maybe grab this though...

arturo7 07-02-2009 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nickfogler (Post 1411497)
Same idea for sale on CL ($250): German Labratory Chiller for Reef Aquarium, Wine/Beer,etc.

I've thought about rigging this up to circulate glycol through copper tubing running through the fermentation vessel somehow. Instead, I just realized I have an extra portable AC unit lying around I'll probably rig up to an insulated box. Someone should maybe grab this though...

Not a bad idea, but you would want to use stainless, not copper. Copper reacts with CO2.

Revvy 07-02-2009 03:17 PM

Chesire evidently has been using one of those....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/best...ht=garage+sale

Even though they are expensive new, you never know what you will stumble upon at a garage or estate sale, where the people pricing the stuff have no idea how much they are worth....

Mutilated1 07-02-2009 03:18 PM

Just look on craigslist and get a second hand refridgerator, you can lager in it or put kegs in it too.

MMW 07-02-2009 03:29 PM

This is close to what I use. I skip the glycol heat exchanger bit and just cool a cabinet but it's close.

Smogre 07-02-2009 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rick500 (Post 1411410)
Only semi-off-topic: Someone posted a link to a programmable aquarium temp controller last week. I can't find the post now. Anyone remember the name of it?

Search for a Medusa dual stage or single stage temp controller. Worked well for my reef tanks. Should not have sold it.


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