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modobrew 06-04-2012 05:43 PM

15 Gallon Conical Fermenter Cooling System
 
So my brew buddy and I have been trying to figure out a way to keep our conical temps regulated during these hot NC summers. Here is our solution.

Our Conical.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0156Medium.jpg
Our solution, a SS coil with camlock fittings.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0155Medium.jpg
Camlock and bulkheads from StainlessBrewing.com.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0158Medium.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0157Medium.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0160Medium.jpg
Assembled!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0161Medium.jpg
Our full solution. Cooler contains ice water with a small pond pump recirculating through SS coil inside.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0162Medium.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0163Medium.jpg
Our homemade temp controller per the aquarium temp controller build thread on this forum.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0164Medium.jpg

As of two days later, its maintaining our target temp of 63 F. Ambient temps have been in the high 70's low 80's. :rockin:

tdawg183 06-04-2012 05:46 PM

I need to buy me a brew buddy like yours. How expensive are they?

modobrew 06-04-2012 05:49 PM

and folks, tdawg183 would be my brew partner mentioned in original post. He built most of that system for us.

ghoti 06-05-2012 09:05 PM

Awesome build. What is the plan for when it gets cold?

texasbrewer73 06-05-2012 11:47 PM

Like it! I haven't read about the aquarium pump, but I've seen the thread. How often do you have to add ice to your cooler?

18DPA 06-06-2012 02:52 AM

Strong work!!!

Any chance you could post a parts list? Not the Conical but everything past the hoses?

hllywd 06-06-2012 04:04 AM

I really like the cam lock idea. I've got a 7 gallon conical and have been needing a blow off recently. This might be a better way to do that. Thanks for sharing the temp regulation. I'll probably be adapting that in some form too!

modobrew 06-06-2012 02:13 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I'll see if we can put a parts list together.

As for adding ice. We added 2 bags of ice the day after brewing, and three bags the next day. But there were about 4 bags of ice in there after we added the three bags. Our next plan is to add a dorm fridge to help maintain cooler water temps to reduce the amount of ice we have to use. We will probably try this on our next brew day.

fuzzybee 06-06-2012 02:29 PM

How much did the stainless coil set you back?

modobrew 06-06-2012 02:47 PM

The coil was around $60 or 70 shipped and came with standard hose fittings on it. We didn't get it here, but check out StainlessBrewing.com. I think he has reasonable prices and will bend it however you want it.


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