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D3ling 01-30-2013 01:41 PM

Condensation = Angry Wife
My wife is threatening me with bodily harm and no sex if I don't fix my brewing set up. Please Help!!!
So here's the readers digest version....
I brewed a batch a while back and overtightened my ported spigot and had some beer dribble out on our hardwood floors... I didn't catch it for a couple days and it ruined a small section. It was a slow leak so the damage was minimal, unless you ask my wife. I got it cleaned up just fine but you can see where the wood was swollen.
In an attempt to create a more stable temperature during ferment stages I decided to make a simple swamp cooler... Tin pan with a little water/starsan and a cotton towel...the towel will keep moist and allow for evaporative cooling. Temps were held 60-65f when doing this and I was pleased with the results...however, my wife thought differently. Condensation from the pan/water ect soaked into the floor in the same spot making the floors swell and increasing my soggy footprint.
Fast FWD to my current batch. After the condensation issue I placed a plastic backed picnic blanket under the pan and repeated the swamp cooler method thinking that any condensation would be held in the blanket and not get past the plastic lining. Wrong... bigger soggy footprint and the wife blew a gasket.
I don't have the space for a beer fridge(or money for that matter) hence having to brew on the hardwoods.
The couch is comfy and I do have my beer to drink!! BUT, I'd really like to figure out a solution so I can move back upstairs and maybe just maybe get laid again :rockin:

aiptasia 01-30-2013 01:49 PM

Go to the hardware store and get a polyethaline drip pan for a water heater.

flars 01-30-2013 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by aiptasia (Post 4843593)
Go to the hardware store and get a polyethaline drip pan for a water heater.

Put blocks of 2x4 under the pan to create an airspace between it and the floor. I use resturant bussing trays for my swamp coolers. Two for $12.00 at Sams Club.

freisste 01-30-2013 01:53 PM

You need it off the ground. Otherwise, whatever your drip pan is on will be cold from the cold water. The other side will draw condensation. Just like you had with the picnic table cloth.

Or else something thick enough to insulate the opposite side. Cold surface = condensation.

LazySumo 01-30-2013 02:42 PM

Pretty radical design solution but hit the link below and check for some replacement parts. You should be able to find something that will work. G'Luck!


Varmintman 01-30-2013 02:46 PM

And keep the fermenter out of her closet. One little blow off incident and I was banned to the couch for a very long time

BxBrewer 01-30-2013 02:51 PM

https://cool-brewing.com/ done and done.................

Sween 01-30-2013 02:58 PM

Insulate any surface which is collecting condensation...

Exposed metal surfaces or even thin plastic ones will allow the surface to hit dewpoint in a moist environment. An insulated surface will be closer to ambient temperature (above dewpoint).

Jayhem 01-30-2013 02:59 PM

haha. Thanks for the humorous read. Sounds like my wife's over-reactions having to do with (her) hardwood floors but fortunately I have a full basement for my brewing.

edb 01-30-2013 03:08 PM

Craigslist freezer < $100, ranco temp controller about $40. Put in the garage convert to keezer later on. Also its out of site unless your wife spends a lot of time in the garage. Win win

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