Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
I commend you on your innovation, but I would be more concerned about the extra load on the motor and how often it would run (as it runs up your electric bill) to "fill in" the extra space with coldness.
Just a thought. How about a stand up freezer? Would that work?
Or you could always just rack to a carboy (smaller container).
Yea, I considered a stand-up freezer. I may look around, but for around $300 it looks like I can get one that might fit 2 conicals. We already have a fridge and a chest freezer in our basement so I'm concerned about adding more (or concerned about what my wife would say hehe). If I wanted to use both it would be another $70 for another temp regulator as well.
The load on the motor would also be my biggest concern. Since it only runs once every 2-3 hours now to maintain a 50 temp (and only for a few minutes) I would think the load woudln't be too bad. I think it was built to maintain much lower temps, so perhaps a higher temp with 1/3 more volume isn't a stretch? No doubt it would run more often than it does now, but I'd get more done in it as well.
The reason I got the conical was so I could avoid racking to a secondary, thats what I am currently doing. Not a huge deal to do it, I just figured it would be more convenient to be able to use the conical for lagers as well as ales.
I also don't know that I would have 3 brews that would fit the exact same temp. I haven't done lagers enough to know how varied they are but it seems a 5-10 temp range is normal on the kits I've done so far. Perhaps the Kolsch I did was on the slightly warmer side than where I keep it now for a Bock I have going.
I'll do some more thinking on this. I think mostly I am trying to dream up projects to do