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Huaco 12-07-2012 05:11 AM

33 gallons of fermentation space! UPDATED 1-14-13
 
UPDATED:
Updates start HERE with the thermowell build.

Thermowell installation and Heat Tape install.


Pressure-Racking Assembly

Pressure-Racking installation and testing.


3-Way Fermentation Temp Controller 1 Chamber


Original Post:
Today I went to my LHBS and picked up (3) 15 gallon malt drums he had been saving for me. I was not sure if all 3 would fit in my 15 cu. ft. chest ferm chamber because I had laid them out with cardboard last week and it looked like they would over lap and be too tight with three drums in there. Well... to my surprise, they all fit in there with no shoving. I plan to pump directly into the sanitized fermentor from my chiller so I will NOT be lifting these drums over the top of the chest. Likewise, I plan to push the beer out with CO2 when racking to kegs. I need to pick up a bung wrench to remove the large bung plugs.

The way I figure it, if I brew 10.5 to 11 gallon batches, I can ferment all in one container. I will have to run blow-off tubes all the time because I don't have head space above the tops of the containers.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/123996655/M...28Large%29.jpg

Huaco 01-10-2013 02:00 AM

Update...
I have figured out how to ferment all three of these at independent temperatures. Also, I have figured out how to monitor temps in each carboy via thermowell. Furthermore, I have put together a system for pushing the beer out of a fermenter with CO2 instead of siphon racking. Good thing too, as the chest freezer is on the ground and siphon would not last very long at all and those 15 gallon carboys would be upwards of 100 pounds!!!

somedudefromguam 01-10-2013 02:29 AM

Nice setup!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Huaco (Post 4768099)
I have figured out how to ferment all three of these at independent temperatures.

How is that, exactly?

Huaco 01-10-2013 03:03 AM

I have one STC1000 now, I plan to cannibalize that controller and incorporate it into an 8x8x4 PVC junction box I got today from the electrical supply store. I will have 3 hot/cold switched receptacles in the panel. The coldest fermentation will be controlled with the "master" controller and it will control the chest on and off. The other two controllers will heat the other two malt drum fermentors with reptile heat tape. Each of these drums will have a wrap of Reflectix to keep the heat reflecting into the vessel.
This will all be written up here in this thread once I can document it with pictures...

C-Rider 01-10-2013 07:03 AM

Huaco, you look like Zack Brown. :0)

Huaco 01-10-2013 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by C-Rider (Post 4768901)
Huaco, you look like Zack Brown. :0)

Yeah, I get that a lot...

Huaco 01-14-2013 05:05 AM

It WORKS!
 
Updates coming...

Leadgolem 01-14-2013 05:13 AM

Are you planning on putting a bucket or something for your blowoffs in the gap between the drums, or running the tubes outside of the ferm chamber?

Huaco 01-14-2013 01:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leadgolem (Post 4782750)
Are you planning on putting a bucket or something for your blowoffs in the gap between the drums, or running the tubes outside of the ferm chamber?

Exactly... a gallon jug will fit down into that spot very well.

Varmintman 01-14-2013 02:06 PM

Ok so how are you going to rack it into kegs or a bottling bucket. I would think a pump would not be good.

Hmm maybe put a dip tube down in it and use co2 to push it out?


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