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Old 01-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #11
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Thanks for the feed back everyone... I'm glad I could provide some comic relief today.
I really like the cool brew idea. I looked at fishing coolers/ fish bags ect that were large enough to fit my fermenter in but they were a couple hundred bucks each. No way. This is small enough and flexible enough to store when I'm not brewing. I think a combo of using some blocks and the bag....and some flowers for the wife... should put me in good standing again.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:29 PM   #12
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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.
I don't think it's unreasonable of his wife to react this way, especially since it seems to have happened several times. Not only does this damage the flooring it provides an opportunity for mold to infest the wood.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:51 PM   #13
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I'd be mad too if someone was damaging my hardwood floors.

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #14
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Well heck the damage is done and you can only try to make the best of a bad situation. I tried the humor with my wife when the fermenter exploded in her closet and it took 2 or 3 months before she stopped glaring at me. Now a year later she will kind of chuckle about it and lets me look in the bedroom now so I am that much closer to getting back into bed and all because of humor

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:05 PM   #15
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This thread makes me very happy I have an unfinished basement to make messes in. Good luck to the OP and the rest of you..

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:14 PM   #16
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A batch of wine I had going on the kitchen counter shot through the airlock and hit the ceiling and all the counters and everything. That was my fault. Another time I had a full keg of beer on the kitchen counter. The wife was in the dining room. For some reason I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I poked a car key into the pop it valve on the "out" on the keg and it sprayed her right in the face. Now I have a garage.

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:26 PM   #17
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Is your marital bliss worth spending another $100-120? You know that's less than a good divorce lawyer will charge you for a 30 minute phone call, right?

You have a basement? Great. You have a primo place to do the following:

Get a decent used freezer or fridge from Craigslist. Either works fine. The upright freezer or fridge is easier to move buckets/bottles in and out of vs. chest freezer.

I use (and like) temp control outlet boxes based on the STC-1000 dual controller. It's inexpensive ($24.39 shipped on Amazon) and gives you precise digital control (in Celsius) over your temps. I have the tolerance on mine set for +/- 0.5*C. All you have to add is a wall outlet and some sort of box to mount it all in (I used an old computer speaker casing).



If your fridge or freezer sits where it may get cold, the dual controller triggers either cooling or heat as needed (with a heat source placed inside). If you can wire a wall outlet, you can set one of these up easily.


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/

http://brewstands.com/fermentation-heater.html
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:01 PM   #18
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https://cool-brewing.com/ done and done.................
+1, and controls your temps much better than a swamp tub.
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This all seems strange to me. I've never had a problem with condensation before and I have stored beers in fairly extreme temps. Did you have condensation problems before adding the water pan?

Also, did I read correctly that your primary carboy has a spigot? If so, I would buy a new brewing bucket as a first step. Any additional seals or openings add more variables to the equation, which in this case only have the potential to cause problems (e.g. contamination, leaks).

Good luck with the boss!

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:17 AM   #20
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Yes... my wife is rightfully mad. I'm mad at myself too but she controls the extra curriculars.
Yes, both fermenters are ported 6g buckets. I like them. It's super easy to clean is the most important part. That and transfers/bottling ect is so much easier than siphoning.
Thanks again for all the responses and ideas.
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