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Old 11-03-2011, 04:46 AM   #1
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Actually, it's just a couple of shelves, but it keeps me organized. I just had to move into an apartment and have an outdoor closet by the balcony that I plan on brewing from. It's insulated, so when I put the primary on the shelf I can leave it there until I move it into the secondary below the shelf. It's hard to tell but the shelf is a couple feet off the ground. I added the extra shelf on top to get my wort chiller off the ground and out of the way. I will have to get used to not having a hose on hand, but I am more organized than when I was in a house.

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Old 11-03-2011, 04:54 AM   #2
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Thin wort chiller, do you brew in a corny? Electric or propane?

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Old 11-03-2011, 05:02 AM   #3
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What is DIY about this? The top shelf?

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Old 11-03-2011, 05:11 AM   #4
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If you read it, I said there are two shelves, the bottom one is a couple feet of the ground. I also said it was actually just a couple of shelves. Thanks for stopping by.

To answer the first question, I have 50 feet of 3/8in tubing with two 1/4in prechillers to keep a strong flow of water coming through. Truth be told I tried 1/4in tubing to save money, but didn't get a good flow. Ice goes in the blue container. Works in under 13 minutes. Propane as well.

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Old 11-03-2011, 01:18 PM   #5
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fermenting in a closet? what do you do for temp control after pitching your yeast?
right now, October/November, you might be good, but even with the room is insulated, the temp is going to be hard to hold at 60F consistently.

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Old 11-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #6
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looks good! Throw a piece of pegboard up behind it and have a place to hang things...

nice to have stuff in one area... I've got stuff everywhere!

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:20 AM   #7
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It doesn't HAVE to be much. The point is it's YOURS! We all start somewhere, and I think your setup is cool. I've been wanting to make my own wort chiller. I like what you made. You said the flow through 1/4" didn't work so well, how is it through the two 1/4" pre-chillers? Can you post more pics of them?

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:37 AM   #8
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My chiller is three lengths of 20' 1/4 in copper tubing. Gets from boiling to pitching temps within 15 minutes. Of course my ground water is pretty cold being as my water comes from lake superior.

Shelf looks good. Keep it going. no such thing as a finish project.

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:40 AM   #9
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I started small and am building my setup nicely. I made a bottle tree and a wort chiller, within the next year I will have my Keezer.

I think I'm going to put a heat lamp in there for the colder months and play with the temps to see if I can keep it in there for the colder months. On the peg board, my buddy suggested that I do that on the opposite side where I have a shelf for all my tools. I will have that done next week. I am also going to drill into the studs and insert dowels, strong enough to hold my buckets upside down.

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two 1/4in prechillers will give you the max you can have in 3/8in tubing. I will be leaving out of town right after work tom. Monday I will post pictures and explain how I did it. A lot of people wrap around a corny keg, but I think I have a better way to get a tighter fit.

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Old 11-04-2011, 06:37 AM   #10
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half of my garage is full of brewing stuff. soo much stuff. keep it organized! good job.

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