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Old 12-07-2012, 05:11 AM   #1
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Default 33 gallons of fermentation space! UPDATED 1-14-13

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Updates start HERE with the thermowell build.

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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.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:00 AM   #2
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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!!!

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Nice setup!

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I have figured out how to ferment all three of these at independent temperatures.
How is that, exactly?
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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...

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Huaco, you look like Zack Brown. :0)

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Yeah, I get that a lot...
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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?

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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.
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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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