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Old 12-30-2012, 04:25 PM   #41
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next up, open fermentation! hopefully most of the coolshippers have a dedicated shed to build up some microflora in there!
The idea in my head right now is to build an enclosure out of bricks, have the coolship on top and have storage for barrels in the bottom. Above would be some type of canopy over the coolship that would build up some microflora. Maybe even put a hop garden on the roof and start having hop vines entangle the whole thing.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:25 AM   #42
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The idea in my head right now is to build an enclosure out of bricks, have the coolship on top and have storage for barrels in the bottom. Above would be some type of canopy over the coolship that would build up some microflora. Maybe even put a hop garden on the roof and start having hop vines entangle the whole thing.
Everyone claims that the secret to Cantillon's coolship is the steam hits the rafters above and condenses, dripping back down with bugs. Maybe dig up some really old oak siding from a barn to put up ontop to get some awesome bugs

I think barrels with coolship ales makes it soooo much cooler.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:32 PM   #43
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That is a neat idea. Being a homebrewer, I don't strive for the consistency of a Cantillon style brewery - so I like change. I think wild yeasts really allow us to capture a time and a place - a truly 'local' brew that no one else can produce anywhere, ever again. It will be interesting to see how the vintages change during time of season, year, location, etc.

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At my parents house in New Hampshire we have a 4x8 foot stainless "bath" that my grandfather used for developing large ad posters in the '60. it's 10" and slopes down to one corner where there's a 1.5" threaded drain pipe. It would be an ideal cool ship but I'm only doing 10 gallon batches and live in suburban NYC but some day...
Off the top of my head I think the capacity would be b/t 200-250 gallons, if I were to drop a one or even two bbl. Batch in it I would imagine it would cool very quickly and exposure to the bugs be ideal.

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runs4beer - not accounting for the slope, that is 199 gallons. pretty cool!

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At my parents house in New Hampshire we have a 4x8 foot stainless "bath" that my grandfather used for developing large ad posters in the '60. it's 10" and slopes down to one corner where there's a 1.5" threaded drain pipe. It would be an ideal cool ship but I'm only doing 10 gallon batches and live in suburban NYC but some day...
Off the top of my head I think the capacity would be b/t 200-250 gallons, if I were to drop a one or even two bbl. Batch in it I would imagine it would cool very quickly and exposure to the bugs be ideal.
Awesome! Talk to a local homebrewers club and fill a wine barrel as a collab beer!
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Awesome! Talk to a local homebrewers club and fill a wine barrel as a collab beer!
I think a vessel this size will need a some what permanent set up, I believe cool ships need to be enclosed to keep the non-microscopic wildlife out (fruit fly, raccoons...), alot of work for a one off brew.
I found a big stainless steel kitty litter pan at petco that holds 5.5 gallon to the brim and on a cool night in September I put that out under the fig tree with a sheet of BIAB cloth clipped over the top. I fill it with second runnings (1.038og) from a wheat wine figuring there's no loss if it's a failure. Right now it has a very thin pellicle and there there was a fair amount of action in the air lock early on. I'm content with this for now.
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I think a vessel this size will need a some what permanent set up, I believe cool ships need to be enclosed to keep the non-microscopic wildlife out (fruit fly, raccoons...), alot of work for a one off brew.
I found a big stainless steel kitty litter pan at petco that holds 5.5 gallon to the brim and on a cool night in September I put that out under the fig tree with a sheet of BIAB cloth clipped over the top. I fill it with second runnings (1.038og) from a wheat wine figuring there's no loss if it's a failure. Right now it has a very thin pellicle and there there was a fair amount of action in the air lock early on. I'm content with this for now.
Then your only option is to open a commercial brewery! Hahahha
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