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Old 12-08-2009, 05:11 AM   #1
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I ended up with like 3 more gallons that I was expecting on my brew last weekend, I know that is not a bad thing but anyways, I need space to ferment it. I started out by doing the water bath with aquarium heater on a ranco controller but wouldn't hold 3 fermentors so tonight I moved things out to my new freezer outside that is my fermentor in the warm season and now is in the cool season.

How ghetto is this?

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You always need a keg of something around. Actually this is a wit that is a few months old that won't just kick yet so it is my batch porch brew right now.



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Notice the computer fan to circulate the air better, all ghetto'd up with a clamp holder



Since the one of the right in on the compressor hump the airlock really wouldn't fit so foil all the way! Even with that there is still a 2 inch gap at the front, hence the sleeping bag. Thermowell from Derrin in the middle.




Do I win anything for this monstrosety? I am just glad the SWMBO is not home right now to see this.

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:18 AM   #2
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She sure as hell won't be winning any beauty pageants, but it gets the job done!

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:29 AM   #3
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I'm sure people have brewed great beer with less. If it works it works. Way to use what you have.

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:40 PM   #4
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She sure as hell won't be winning any beauty pageants, but it gets the job done!
so far it is holding good, it is 29 out this morning and a nice toasty 66 fermentor. I added more blankets to the top and shoved into the cracks created by fermentor that was too tall for the compressor hump.
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should you cover up the carboys to keep them from getting any light?

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Old 12-08-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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should you cover up the carboys to keep them from getting any light?
I thought you just wanted to keep UV light away from beer? That's why it was alright to have it indoors with the lights on. I am probably wrong though.
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I think artificial light is ok as long as it's not fluorescent. They emit very small amounts of UV light and therefore could potentially change the beer. However, I think the amount of UV they give off is very very small.

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:31 PM   #8
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I can't quite tell from the pictures, but they look like incandescent bulbs to me.

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well now you have all scared me and need to go home to figure another way to heat this without light.

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I cover my carboys with t-shirts (preferably a dark color to block more light).

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