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Old 07-28-2010, 05:59 AM   #1
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I have this running in my living room right now. The house has fluctuated between 75 and 85 F and I have yet to see either of the fermenters get up to 70 F. Typically I have seen 66-68 F. Fermentation is very active. These carboys hold 10 gallons of brown ale that I brewed on Saturday and pitched hydrated Nottingham into on Sunday.

- Plastic bin
- $20 aquarium pump
- $20 box fan
- Two old t-shirts
- $5 worth of tubing/PVC
- A bucketful of water

Here in Seattle, we only have to deal with heat for about four or five weeks out of the whole year, and it rarely gets over 90 F, so many of us don't have AC. This setup gives me a cheap and easy way to keep brewing ale throughout the summer.


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Old 07-28-2010, 06:08 AM   #2
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Nice work, Reese!



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Old 07-28-2010, 06:35 AM   #3
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Nice indeed. I just gave up and started brewing belgian golden strongs and saisons. I'd kill for a kolsh now though. This seems really reasonable. Maybe if I put some daisies in that bucket I could get swmbo on board.

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love the box fan, where did you find the idiot proof version(arrow), was that an add on feature? all kidding aside, nice little set up. maybe add some rocks, a little bonzai tree, and you'll have one hell of a water feature in the corner(jmo88, take note, that is how you sell it to the swmbo)

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love the box fan, where did you find the idiot proof version(arrow), was that an add on feature?
I had some help from Mr. Sharpie.
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Have you had any problem with mold growing?

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Have you had any problem with mold growing?
That'll probably be a problem eventually. I would imagine that changing the water, replacing the t-shirts, and wiping down the carboys with a light bleach solution would take care of any mold.
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why not just add a touch of bleach to the water? or maybe check out your local pool/spa dealer for some sort of water treatment?

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You could put a table spoon of bleach in the water, that should keep the mold down. You'll probably want white T shirts though...

That's a cool idea, but this year here in Taxachusetts, it's been in the upper 80's to low 90's, with high humidity, so I doubt that it would work well here.

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If I see mold, I'll definitely start adding a bit of bleach to the water. In all likelihood, I'll only have to run this apparatus for another week and a half before I cold-crash and keg this beer. I figure I've got a good shot at dodging mold before then.



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