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Old 05-22-2012, 03:22 PM   #11
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I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this. I'm posting this in case someone is looking for an easy way to cool a primary now that warmer months are here.

I can't get a ferm chamber, so I've been trying the wet wrap and fan trick. My temps were staying around 72 in a basement that is currently 74. I have two bar towels wrapped around the primary, held in place by two long rubber bands. I had tried adding ice under the towels, but it became a puddle too fast. Light bulb moment!

We have a few of those refreezable ice blocks, the ones that are about 1x3x5. I stuffed 3 of those under the towels, evenly spaced, and rewet the towels. After about one hour, the fermometer is showing 68!

Since I have several of these, I'll just keep rotating them. What would be cool is some kind if belt with pockets to hold them. Hmm...
Sounds like a lot of work to drop ~2 degrees..... as others have suggested, why not just use a swamp cooler. Less work and better temp control. I have a beer in one now, room temp's ~71, fermenter temp's ~67 and I haven't added ice bottles in over 48 hours. That's ~5 degrees with no effort, and I had that fermenter at ~63 a couple days ago when it was hot hot outside (room temp was ~75) with very little effort and that was during high krausen.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:23 PM   #12
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This is awesome! Thank you for the great ideas!

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:10 PM   #13
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I suppose because I'm a truck driver and on the road 2-3 weeks at a time, I'm just gonna have to buy a cooling system for my fermenter huh? My house stays around 68-70.

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:14 PM   #14
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I suppose because I'm a truck driver and on the road 2-3 weeks at a time, I'm just gonna have to buy a cooling system for my fermenter huh? My house stays around 68-70.

I would recommend a fermentation fridge to anybody serious about making beer. The fridge you can get cheap or even free on criagslist. People seam to throw away perfectly functional fridges all the time when they remodel or just upgrade their appliances.

The temp controller is the expensive part. I recommend the digital models and if your really serious the dual output are the best. That way you can heat and cool from the same controller. Dial it in and you can have the fermenter consistently within one degree of any temp you want.
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