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Old 06-19-2011, 06:11 AM   #1
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Hey all, had at least one request that I be sure to share my latest project with all. That, and I haven't seen to much like it so on the premise of being different here we roll.

I've been brewing in Wyoming for about 3 years, but this past month my family was transferred to Texas. So far so good on the home and work front, but it is definitely getting to be time to brew. You know it is bad when SWMBO is asking when I plan to brew my first Texas brew.

My problems that didn't exist in Wyoming all sum up to one issue HEAT. Tap water is to hot to knock out and ambient temperature is to warm for yeast to do their best work, and on top of that, no basement to avoid the heat.

My solution is this, I'll share the details of my plan as I go later:

  1. Obtain a Brewtroller board, new/old not so important since we are going for basic operation. [Check, found a used one, thanks]
  2. Build a glycol unit controlled via a channel on the Fermtroller setup.
  3. Build a box (or few) to control the temperature of a somewhat smaller space, and use Fermtroller again to maintain the temperatures in the box.
  4. Find a small to medium size plate chiller adequate enough to take my tap water from what ever it is now (~75-80 degrees) and knock the tap down to minimum of 70, and maybe even lager 50s if I so desired. Before the tap water enters my CFC.
  5. Depending on efficiency, add a 3rd box/cooler for keeping kegs cool while waiting to be tapped.
  6. FAR OFF FUTURE - CONICALS.

Since today was my first day to tackle this project on the fabrication side, I'll wait until tomorrow with pics. But the sum of the story, so far I have demoed some plastic, moved an a/c coil and set it in a 54qt cooler. I have begun to build my work bench/brew area, and I still plan to brew my first batch tomorrow afternoon (using my currently unused keezer to maintain temps for now).
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to Texas.

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Old 06-19-2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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Yeah welcome. You are going to have to have fermentation temp control or constantly brew saisons, heh.

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Old 06-19-2011, 05:03 PM   #4
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yep heat is an issue here. Where in Texas are you at

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Old 06-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #5
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Welcome to Texas!. The heat is bigger here too.

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Thanks for the welcoming.
Finally the long day is over. First Texas brew down, took too long though. I said I would have pictures today but since brewing took about 8 hours, about 2 more than before, I will have to find time this week.
I managed to brew my beer, build my Fermtroller box, and a few other things, all while the 8 mo. old daughter was screaming. The heat in Houston area was pretty harsh today too. Looks like it's going to be a long week... When is the 4th of July again?

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Old 06-20-2011, 05:09 AM   #7
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What part of Houston are you in?

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Hey man, my solution for the cooling water for the wort is getting an extra wort chiller. Then you put the 2 wort chillers in series and you put the first one in a 5 gallon bucket filled to the brim with ice. The second goes in your wort. You can get your water REALLY cold. If you shake your first chiller you can get it even colder. I live in H Town too next to Cedar Creek which is a cool place to get a brew and a money hamburger... Peep it.

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:34 AM   #9
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PS you do have to replenish ice during the cooling process because it is ridiculously hot here.

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Did the pre chilled yesterday, the cost of ice was about $10 for 40#. The ice lasted through about 7 gallons. Took forever too. In WY I could knock out in about 20mins easy, only having to turn down the hose flow, versus dialing WAY back on my beer flow.
I definitely want to get this Lycos setup up and running soon.

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