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bnhocking 12-28-2012 06:39 PM

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This is a pretty old post so I dont think I am hi-jacking it or anything. But I have been conserding something like this for a Fermenter cooler. The idea would be to rip apart an AC window unit and remove the cold coils and in their place put in a plate chiller. The plate chiller would have glycol pumped and small cooler for a resevior. Then all you have to do is monitor the Fermentor temp and when you need cooling kick on the compressor(using a PID loop). The same thought could be applied to the warm beer but you would probably have to let the unit run for 5 or 10 mins to cool down first. I think you are better off bottling or keeping the freezer. Here is a schematic from Mueller that kind of shows what I mean. The shown Bakery mixer would be the frementer that would have copper or stainless coils brazed to the outside of it and a loop back to the cold water storage(the small cooler in my case). I am hopefully going to build the chiller this summer and hopefully after ripping out most of the guts from the AC unit, and adding my stuff back in it will be no bigger than it was before.

Originally Posted by JamieScanlon View Post
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll end up going with a keeper solution similar to what this guy did: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/bost...r-taps-267647/ where there are insulated lines going from the keezer to my taps upstairs.

I'm still a little surprised that that a true instant cooling solution, one that does not require 24/7 refrigeration of some sort, has not been done. I mean, I run my hot boiling hot wort through a plate chiller and can cool it down to room temp at a flow rate much faster than a tap would require. I'm thinking if I took that same plate chiller and ransom refrigerant through it, it would do a nice job ( of course I'm ignoring the safety issues of running freon through a plate chiller ).

Anyhow, it gave me a lot to think about in the mean time.

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