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Old 07-02-2009, 04:24 AM   #1
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I had an idea. Durring the winter months i put my fermenters in a plastic tub with an aquarium heater. kept the water warm when the basement was like 40*.

anyone think a water bath with an aquarium chiller would work in the summer months? Will not work if i go with a conical but for buckets and carboys it might.

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Old 07-02-2009, 04:40 AM   #2
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As long as you don't want to lager you should be fine.

My biggest issue with one of those would be price. For much less you could probably rig up a "cold box". All you would need need to do is frame out a box with 2x4's, insulate well, and install a window air conditioner. You could also rig up something similar using a mini fridge and a temperature controller.

Here is a link to the refrigerator concept:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-6-...version-88554/



 
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:42 AM   #3
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Holy crap those are expensive.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:49 AM   #4
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Only semi-off-topic: Someone posted a link to a programmable aquarium temp controller last week. I can't find the post now. Anyone remember the name of it?

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:46 AM   #5
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Same idea for sale on CL ($250): German Labratory Chiller for Reef Aquarium, Wine/Beer,etc.

I've thought about rigging this up to circulate glycol through copper tubing running through the fermentation vessel somehow. Instead, I just realized I have an extra portable AC unit lying around I'll probably rig up to an insulated box. Someone should maybe grab this though...

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Same idea for sale on CL ($250): German Labratory Chiller for Reef Aquarium, Wine/Beer,etc.

I've thought about rigging this up to circulate glycol through copper tubing running through the fermentation vessel somehow. Instead, I just realized I have an extra portable AC unit lying around I'll probably rig up to an insulated box. Someone should maybe grab this though...
Not a bad idea, but you would want to use stainless, not copper. Copper reacts with CO2.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:17 PM   #7
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Chesire evidently has been using one of those....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/best...ht=garage+sale

Even though they are expensive new, you never know what you will stumble upon at a garage or estate sale, where the people pricing the stuff have no idea how much they are worth....
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:18 PM   #8
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Just look on craigslist and get a second hand refridgerator, you can lager in it or put kegs in it too.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:29 PM   #9
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This is close to what I use. I skip the glycol heat exchanger bit and just cool a cabinet but it's close.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:36 PM   #10
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Only semi-off-topic: Someone posted a link to a programmable aquarium temp controller last week. I can't find the post now. Anyone remember the name of it?
Search for a Medusa dual stage or single stage temp controller. Worked well for my reef tanks. Should not have sold it.


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