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Old 12-24-2008, 08:40 PM   #41
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I'm thinking of someday doing this but having a whole fermentation room rather than a cabinet. I realized if I had a couple of conicals, I could alternate between 50*F and 64*F in the room every couple of weeks; primary your ale and D-rest your lager, then condition your ale and ferment your lager. A 20 cu ft fridge at 34*F would be used for lagering in kegs, and another 20 cu ft fridge with a collar used for storing 8-12 serving kegs serving 8 taps. Four conicals would crank out up to 30 gallons every two weeks, leaving 4 weeks for lagering before going to the serving fridge. Beer for the whole neighborhood!

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Old 12-24-2008, 10:44 PM   #42
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hey, screw you man...i don't have my own house! i had to make this mobile!



i believe yuri or someone made a full room using this method....might want to do a search.

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Old 12-26-2008, 05:12 AM   #43
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I did the same thing a while back and used the same foam ( Extruded Expanded Polystyrene (XEPS) Boards ) but to get extreme efficiency you can use the super glue foam panels ( Urethanes: Polyurethane and Polyisocyanurate - R-value of between R-7 and R-8 per inch ) that are available at Lowes. The "R" rating is much better and is the same thing used in a refrigerator walls but is sprayed in. If a refrigerator has only 1.5 to 2 inches and you double that it would be very efficient. It does not look like you put foam on the bottom? This is very important and should be added because cold goes down and radiates out the bottom of the cabinet. In the long run the more insulation you have the less the refrigeration runs and you save more money.

Ref: http://www.healthgoods.com/Education/healthy_home_information/Building_Design_and_Construction/foam_board.htm

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Old 12-26-2008, 06:16 AM   #44
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we installed pieces of foam beneath the unit. glued a bunch up in between the pieces of wood. it does the job, but it did strain a bit when i was trying to keep it in the low 50s. of course, it's in the 50s in the basement, now, so we just leave it open

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Old 12-26-2008, 10:09 PM   #45
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Default What about heating?

I am very new to home brewing, I have my first batch in the secondary right now. My problem is that I can only ferment in my basement and right now the average daily temperature down there is 53 degrees. I am considering some thing like this but I need a heat source that will heat the volume without being a fire hazard. I want to be able to ferment two to three carboys and bottle condition two 5gal. batches in the same compartment and the size you built looks to be perfect. Any thoughts on how to heat some thing like what you've built without burning down the house?

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53 degrees is perfect for a LOT of yeast strains.

i would look at some of the hybrid strains, like the koelsch, san francisco lager, cream ale and alt from white labs. nottingham will also do wonderful at low temps and so can almost any ale strain with the right care.

let me know if you want some recipes or advice.

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Four conicals would crank out up to 30 gallons every two weeks, leaving 4 weeks for lagering before going to the serving fridge. Beer for the whole neighborhood!
At 30 gallons every 2 weeks, you pass 200 gallons in 14 weeks. That's an awfully quick brew year!
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At 30 gallons every 2 weeks, you pass 200 gallons in 14 weeks. That's an awfully quick brew year!
Yeah right and sit out the rest of the year not brewing any more?
The Feds have not come up with a flow meter like your water meter
to check your brewing volumes YET, give them time. I'm surprised they
haven't created a problem so that another 2,000 Fed people can get on
the payroll milk wagon.

Hey DeathBrewer; it's been mighty warm in your area agin the past week again even on my island next door to you. "BOB" (brew on brother).
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Someone said a while back that using a bulb to heat the inside of an enclosure like this would be a waste of energy. A filament style bulb only manages to turn about 5% of it's wattage into light, so the rest of the avaliable power is turned into heat! 5% wastage is not bad (an average car wastes about 75% as heat I think)
The big plus is that you can fit whatever wattage bulb you think you need, and change it for bigger or smaller at virtualy no cost, wheras those reptile lamps cost $17

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Someone said a while back that using a bulb to heat the inside of an enclosure like this would be a waste of energy. A filament style bulb only manages to turn about 5% of it's wattage into light, so the rest of the avaliable power is turned into heat! 5% wastage is not bad (an average car wastes about 75% as heat I think)
The big plus is that you can fit whatever wattage bulb you think you need, and change it for bigger or smaller at virtualy no cost, wheras those reptile lamps cost $17
That 5% light, when it hits the sides of the inside of your fermentator, is going to be converted to heat anyways. You put anything electrical inside a sealed insulated box, and all the energy used is going to be heat in relatively short order..


The big deal about the reptile heat lamps is that they last FOREVER, and they're not going to break.
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