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Old 08-20-2011, 04:30 PM   #11
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I'm going to pick up the Igloo Ice Cube (60 qt) from Lowe's. Want the max cold version but don't want to spend $60 right now. Would be nice to be able to fully close the cooler lid with the fermentation bucket inside (or a 5 gallon better bottle) for times when I need to maintain a really low temp. Not sure I'll be able to do that with the Ice Cube model.

Not planning on the t-shirt/fan method as I feel like I should be able to keep in the 60F range fairly easily without trying it.
Here's my way of doing it!

I made a new lid out of 4 layers of foam, cutting the circle inside with a dremel:
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #12
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Here's my way of doing it!

I made a new lid out of 4 layers of foam, cutting the circle inside with a dremel:
I have always liked your chamber. Simple and easy to make. Gets the job done.

Do you use this when the temp is colder than the range you want? How would you heat it, with an electric pad?
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:57 PM   #13
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Here's my way of doing it!

I made a new lid out of 4 layers of foam, cutting the circle inside with a dremel:
Nice! I think I might try that. What kind of foam did you use? It looks like foam rubber...
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:08 PM   #14
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I have always liked your chamber. Simple and easy to make. Gets the job done.

Do you use this when the temp is colder than the range you want? How would you heat it, with an electric pad?
I use an el cheapo ($7) aquarium heater. It works great! I put it in the water bath, and don't even circulate it.
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Nice! I think I might try that. What kind of foam did you use? It looks like foam rubber...
It's the wallboard foam- like you'd use for insulating a room/house, I guess. It comes in 4x8 sheets, and I cut four layers and stacked them to fit. I used some scrap pieces of wood for handles, with clothesline, so I could pull the lid up. I throw a splash of bleach in the water bath to help with any mold/mildew.
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Yooper - I like that setup. Reason why I was looking at the 60 quart was to copy it (saw it in an older thread). Ended up picking up a plastic tub (the kind with the ropes on the sides...I know, don't carry by the rope). Was $8. Figure I better get a few homebrews in before I invest in the Igloo. Hopefully, I can find a price drop on it sometime in the future too. $33 at Lowes. $60 for the Max Cold.

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Yooper - I like that setup. Reason why I was looking at the 60 quart was to copy it (saw it in an older thread). Ended up picking up a plastic tub (the kind with the ropes on the sides...I know, don't carry by the rope). Was $8. Figure I better get a few homebrews in before I invest in the Igloo. Hopefully, I can find a price drop on it sometime in the future too. $33 at Lowes. $60 for the Max Cold.
Yeah, but............I kept the regular lid so I also have a rolling cooler when I'm not using it for a fermentation chiller. I use it often, to take beer to parties, and our share of stuff for BBQs. So, it's doing double duty. One of the great things about living in a cold climate is that it's 66 degrees right now in my basement, and I have 10 gallons of APA fermenting right at 68 degrees without a cooler at all. If I needed it more often, I'd probably have to come up with something else!
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Yeah, it was a nice looking cooler. Had I never heard of homebrewing, I would have wanted it. Checked some deal websites and saw that some Targets were selling them for less than $4 last month. Missed the boat on that one.

Problem is I already have a perfectly good cooler for everything else. I tried to convince my wife that I needed one cooler for beer (the Igloo) and another for resting smoked pork shoulders (my old cooler) but she didn't buy it. With the kettle, recipe, and kit, I'm already $140 in the hole (she's not yet buying the argument this will save $ in the future if I keep adding $30 on here or there).

We won't hit 68 degree consistently indoors until January here. I usually hate cold weather, but this hobby is giving me a reason to look forward to it.

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I use an el cheapo ($7) aquarium heater. It works great! I put it in the water bath, and don't even circulate it.
How well will a bucket fit in there? Probably stick out too much huh
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All you really need is the tub... the whole thing with putting towels on it and a fan blowing on it is bogus, it does very little but waste electricity. Just the chest, and some ice. That's all you need.
I'm finding it does help some, even sans fan (I've never tried a fan on it). It's 85 in here and 72 in my bucket with a wet blanket on. The apfelwein, which does not have a wet blanket on it, is almost 78.

It takes electricity to make ice, too Either the ice makers' or yours.
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