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Old 10-09-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default Heatin' up those Conicals??

Figured I would throw this out there to you guys and see what you might have in mind for my application.

I have 4x 22gal stainless conical fermenters and 1x 80gal conical fermenter. None of these are jacketed so I am looking at a way to control the temps, as obviously the 80gal won't fit in a freezer.

My plan is to get some sort of heat wrap and control each fermenter. I will place them in the cold room, wrap them, set the temp and let the wrap do the rest?

Thoughts on some wrap for this application??

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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I've been looking at a few options to do some lagers this winter outside in an insulated box. The two options I found that seem to be the best for conductive heat (directly on the vessel, as opposed to convection by heating up the air) are flexwatt heat tape (www.reptilebasics.com), or a low wattage heat cord (http://www.petco.com/product/109980/...eat-Cable.aspx).

I ordered the 100 watt cord and plan to wrap it around a 15 gal SS conical (15% off until tomorrow). I figure that if it's in a large insulated box (48x48x24), 100 watts should be able to keep things at the right temp. The flexwatt would have been a good option, but on a blichmann conical, there are too many thiungs on the surface to get a nice flat fit. The cord will be easier to get better coverage. Amazon has other heat cord for roofs or wrapping pipes at varying lengths and strenghs. I would be careful that the wattage per foot is not too high because you don't want to melt (plastic conical)/scorch/burn anything.

I'm interested to hear other ideas as well.

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:13 AM   #3
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There is another local brewery in town that uses stuff from reptile basics and it has given them some good results. I am in contact with another company, heatingtapes.com, to see what they can offer. Will keep this thread updated when I find out some info

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:23 AM   #4
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I'm sorry, you have 188 GALLONS worth of conicals just hanging around? Holy crap...you'd break the law by having all your fermenters full! lol

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I'm sorry, you have 188 GALLONS worth of conicals just hanging around? Holy crap...you'd break the law by having all your fermenters full! lol
Lol! Starting a microbrewery. Need mawr beer!!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:42 AM   #6
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I would think a heat tape used for keeping pipes from freezing would work using an temperature controlled outlet.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:30 AM   #7
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i remember seeing copper or/and stainless type of radiators (aka heat exchanger) submerge in the wort in the fermenters with in and out lets in the lid, you run heating/cooling liquid (glycol most likely) to regulate temp during and post fermentation

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