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Old 06-23-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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After spending 1000's on other brewing stuff, I finally get myself a chest freezer to ferment in.

Brewed a beer last night, checked it this morning, and the condensation is pretty bad.

How can I deal with this?

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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I have the same issue since I keep mine in the garage and it is getting pretty warm out. I would be interested in hearing suggestions.

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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I have the same issue since I keep mine in the garage and it is getting pretty warm out. I would be interested in hearing suggestions.

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Yeah, mine is in the garage as well. I should add that since it's pretty cool at night, I also have a heat belt in there for dual-stage temp control.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:35 PM   #4
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Damp Rid or similar product. They also sell rechargeable electronic dehumidifiers. Both work well.

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EDIT::: ^^^^ Beat me to it.

Well the issue is the temperature difference between the side's of the chest freezer which get really cold and the air temp in the freezer. Since the freezer is no where near operating like it is suppose to the condensation doesn't freeze (frost) like a regular freezer. So you need something that absorbs the humidity.

I never cared, mine condensates horribly also, but Ive heard "DampRid" works, never tired it so I cannot vouch for it.

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Damp Rid or similar product. They also sell rechargeable electronic dehumidifiers. Both work well.
Never heard of damp rid... will have to see if I can find it. Looks like a giant version of those little dessicant packs you get in everything?
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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Put a bucket of Damp Rid in the freezer & check your seals as well. Condensation usually means that there is outside air leaking in, but if your beer isn't close to the ferment temps when you drop it in the freezer that could certainly cause condensation as well.

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:45 PM   #8
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Never heard of damp rid... will have to see if I can find it. Looks like a giant version of those little dessicant packs you get in everything?
Walmart carries it.

Another though...would a fan help?

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I had the same problem. Damp rid is a very common product, just about every store sells it. I placed a tub of it in my chest freezer and it works perfect, I highly recommend it

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I had the same problem. Damp rid is a very common product, just about every store sells it. I placed a tub of it in my chest freezer and it works perfect, I highly recommend it
How often does it need to be changed for something as small as a chest freezer? It looks like it may also be designed for entire rooms.

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