Ken Schwartz Son of Fermentation Chiller
- Son of Fermentation Chiller
Hello All. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my gear! In preparation for this, I am looking into how to maintain the proper climate for fermentation in Arizona. It is HOT here and I want to a
- Cooling fermenters
Hey everybody, I was wondering what would be a good way to keep my fermenters cool. I don't really want to have to try to keep my apartment at 65 degrees all summer, so what would be a more effective
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April 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Pros: easy to build, light weight, most parts can be found on ebay
Cons: have to maintain more then using a minifridge
Recommended? YesGreat concept, easy to build, easy to understand instructions, fairly cheap to build, and low energy consumption, only requires a small 12 volt charger
June 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM
Pros: Cheap and easy to build
Cons: Looks cheap
Recommended? YesUsed a mini fridge attached to back to control temp.
Got from scrap material at work.
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Pros: maintains up to 25 below ambient temperatures, lightweight
Cons: ice change required every 1-2 days, condensation can cause mildew
Recommended? YesI didn't go all out with mine. i didn't bother with the pegs to hold it tight. Mine is held together with duct tape across the front and magazines on top for a nice, tight seal. if it starts to tear from the tape, just add more tape.
this, of course, makes its use life a bit shorter, but i still use it and it's been a couple of years. i threw it together in just a few hours.
i would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap fermentation temp solution without the hassles of a water bath.
just be sure to watch for water leaks and put a plastic mat or something under the chiller. when condensation on the ice containers occurs, you will get a bit of mildew. it doesn't seem to grow very well on the foam (i rarely clean it) but it does like to sneak down into your carpet.
8/10 for fermentation control.
Can't do much better without a fridge or building an insulated mobile wooden cabinet. I'm just finishing one right now which will hold four carboys and runs of a small 5000 BTU air conditioner.
April 18, 2007 at 07:47 PM
Recommended? YesDredging this up...
I live in the South and I want to keep brewing throughout the hot summer months. I keep my house between 80 and 85 degrees during the summer so I need something to keep my fermentors about 10 to 20 degrees colder than my house. I have found multiple sites about DIY fermentation chillers but I still have a few questions maybe someone could help me with.
1: Can an old fridge be rigged to stay at the proper temp for fermentation? If so, what is required?
2: I bottle condition so... what about the bottles? Don't they need to be kept at around 68 degrees as well? If I build the fermentation chiller described in the link in Pumbaa's post were do I cool my bottles?