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Old 10-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #231
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Can i use this for insulating a 21" x 21" megapot electric boil kettle too?

Hello,

Our fermentation cooler is sized DxH 21.5” X 26.5”. Also I should mention if you plan to use the cooler with a Megapot we have only tested our coolers up to 115 degrees F so I would recommend making sure your Megapot is below 115 degrees F before placing it in the fermentation cooler.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #232
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I just ordrered one of these late last week and it arrived yesterday. Yesterday was my first brew day ever and so I stuck my 6.5 gallon fermenter bucket in the cooler. I didn't have any water bottles on hand so this morning I stuck a frozen gallon jug in there. This would be about 3 liters, I wonder how cooling will go with a gallon block of ice.... I guess I will soon find out once the temp gets regulated.

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:52 PM   #233
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It will take a few replacement bottles to get your temp all the way down, but after that you should be able to keep it really steady by switching your gallon bottle out with a two litre (stop by a supermarket and grab an off brand soda, they are like 65 cents).

Obviously, depending on how warm your place is and what temp you want the beer to stay at.

Most recently, I kept a batch of milk stout at 63~64 steadily for a week by having a single frozen 2 litre in there and switching it out in the morning and in the evening. My apartment has been around 74*. No hassle, two bottles total and perfect ferm temps. Couldn't be happier!

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:37 AM   #234
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Well I just checked the fermenter temp, and what confuses me is how the hell to read those stick on thermometers. There are like 4 different colored lines.

I'm guessing if the actual temp is somewhere in the middle of those lines then I would say its at about 66-67 degrees with one frozen gallon jug. Ambient room temp is 76-78. Not freaking bad! Lets see how long it can hold it.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:08 AM   #235
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My stick in is pretty much the green/blue and is very close to bring accurate based on a more expensive thermometer.

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:48 AM   #236
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? - Don't you want your temp to be at around 62f ish for fermenting before you put your bucket in? I know it takes awhile for the ferment to start, but it seems like you would want the desired temp of 62-64f before putting in the bucket. Would it make sense to put the bottles in like 12 hours before or so - or is it ok to start with a ambient around 74f and let it do it's thing?
I brew ales only at this time

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Old 10-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #237
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So far this thing has been a god send living here in hot florida. The ambient room temp is always 76-77, and this has it a good 10-12 degrees cooler. Check out the temperature of the cooler vs room temp. Awesome!!!


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Old 10-28-2012, 07:32 AM   #238
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Side note to those freezing bottles: If your starting to notice that a bottle hasn't been freezing properly, just slam it onto a hard surface.

sometimes, for some reason, water in 500ML water bottles (that I sometimes use in my cooler) wont freeze properly and doing this does the trick

if it worked you will see the water change from clear to frosty opaque and it will be frozen solid in a matter of hours.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:49 PM   #239
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BeerKill, what brand and model is that temp gauge?

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Not sure... Cheapo from walmart. But I have a temp strip on the fermenter as well.

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