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Old 03-30-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default How do you exhaust your boil kettle

For those of you that bew indors, i have the following for an ehaust fan.



and yes it gets vented outside when i brew. the problem i am having is condensation building up on the range hood and driping into the bk. what do you use to exhaust all that steam.

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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what do you use to exhaust all that steam.
I have a Wolf range hood with an exterior roof mounted commercial fan.
In the winter I don't use it. The house can use the humidity. In the summer I may use it if I feel like it.

The humidity from a boil is not really very much water volume at all.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:23 PM   #3
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The condensation is occurring because the inside of the vent pipe is warmer than the outside. Wrap some insulation around your vent pipe to keep the exhaust air warm will help with the condensation. Also in your picture the vent piping is pitched toward your exhaust fan. This will cause any condensation to flow back towards the exhaust fan and eventually wind up in your kettle. Elevate the fan slightly so the exhaust vent has a straight shot to the window. Changing the pitch and insulating the exhaust vent should cure your condensation issues.

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:24 PM   #4
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will give that a try and go from there, thanks

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The commercial breweries I've visited has a lip or ring on the inside of the vent hood & ducting. As the condensation rolls down the sides it's caught by the lip and routed to a drain.

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Old 03-31-2010, 01:28 AM   #6
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simple window fan, no hood. Seems to vent the basement very well. I do like to run the fan for a couple hours after the boil.

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Garage door open now that it is spring/garage door closed when it was cold.

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Garage door open now that it is spring/garage door closed when it was cold.
+1 on this... Although, it doesn't get all that cold here in GA...

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