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Old 06-10-2012, 05:21 PM   #111
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just an update. i brewed a belgian wit yesterday and decided to put it in my carboy that has a thermo strip on it. the ground water is at 79 degrees as i live in houston. put the carboy in the cool brewing and it got the temp down to 72 in 8 hrs. then checked it this morning and it was down to 64 less then 24 hrs after pitching. very happy with this item and its affordability. great job guys.
Sounds great! How many and what size frozen bottles are you using to chill? Also, how often do you swap them out?
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:42 PM   #112
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another pic of fermentation starting

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:46 PM   #113
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im using 1 liter bottles. i start with 3 just to get the temp down fast then i switch to 2. i usually swamp them every 12 hours. the cooler works great and it doesnt take up that much more space. i recommend it. also i dont own a home or have alot of tools to build a chamber so this is the perfect option.

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Old 06-10-2012, 06:29 PM   #114
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im using 1 liter bottles. i start with 3 just to get the temp down fast then i switch to 2. i usually swamp them every 12 hours. the cooler works great and it doesnt take up that much more space. i recommend it. also i dont own a home or have alot of tools to build a chamber so this is the perfect option.
Thanks Zmurda! It's great to have info from different situations and temps. These things are a winner!
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:13 PM   #115
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Just ordered one, wish I saw this last week to take advantage of the free shipping though. I live in Florida and this should be a win win for me and my better half. If I don't have to use the swamp cooler and she doesn't have to see one any more that is good news. Will use it with my next batch and see how it performs. I like what I see with the numbers posted and reviews so far.

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Old 06-12-2012, 12:40 AM   #116
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im using 1 liter bottles. i start with 3 just to get the temp down fast then i switch to 2. i usually swamp them every 12 hours. the cooler works great and it doesnt take up that much more space. i recommend it. also i dont own a home or have alot of tools to build a chamber so this is the perfect option.
Thanks for the detailed feedback! Were glad it’s working well for you!

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:31 AM   #117
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I used mine yesterday but it didn't seem to get cold enough to lower the fermentation so I sat it in a swamp cooler with lots of ice water to bring the temps down to about 70 overnight. Then tonite, I put it in the Cool Brewer and will see what happens overnight.
I sure hope this works as I'm leaving town for 2 days this weekend and won't be able to swap out any frozen bottles. I hope to get it cool enough that when I leave, the extra frozen jugs I put in will stay cool enough for the weekend.

When I've used plastic softdrink bottles, they crack in the freezer even if I only fill them up 3/4 of the way. How do you keep them from splitting?

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Old 06-12-2012, 04:57 AM   #118
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When I've used plastic softdrink bottles, they crack in the freezer even if I only fill them up 3/4 of the way. How do you keep them from splitting?
I've never tried it, but I'd recommend freezing them standing up with the lid removed so no air pressure gets in the way of the water expanding as it freezes.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:25 AM   #119
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I use 1 liter bottles of aquafina and they havent broke yet.

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I overdid the freee packs last night. I put about 5 small ones in. This morning, the air temp inside the closed bag was 59! and my house temp is 78. I figure the temp inside the fermenter is about 68. Once it adjusts for a day, I'll just use 2.
So far, I'm happy.

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