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Old 09-18-2012, 10:52 PM   #211
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For those lagering with these, you are using a kegerator for secondary correct? I don't see how it is possible to get this to lagering (40 degrees F) conditions in secondary without a cooler. I get that primary could be done, but wanted to make sure I am understanding how everyone is doing their lagering fermentation.


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Old 09-19-2012, 09:04 PM   #212
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That's correct.


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Old 09-26-2012, 01:50 AM   #213
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Just ordered two today, can't wait to try

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:36 PM   #214
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For those lagering with these, you are using a kegerator for secondary correct? I don't see how it is possible to get this to lagering (40 degrees F) conditions in secondary without a cooler. I get that primary could be done, but wanted to make sure I am understanding how everyone is doing their lagering fermentation.
Hi guys,

I was lucky enough to get 6 of these sent to me in time for two large Beer Fests this month. They hold 4 Corny Kegs and 50# of ice in cubes. Sold 3 coolers the first day.
The lagering step is easy as long as you put more than one keg inside at a time. I fill two kegs with water to maybe 80% full and place them in my freezer (bought especially for beer making) and then swap them out daily. I can keep 1 or 2 kegs at 40 deg or less this way. I'd be surprised if I could do it with 1 keg or carboy and a few 2 liter bottles though.

The nice thing is the cooler is completely water tight. So melting ice cubes or condensation is not a problem.

Mike...... My Homebrew Store, Shanghai, China

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:24 PM   #215
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Have one in primary right now; Holding steady at 62F with 2 1L water bottles. Change out one of the bottles every 12 hours or so and this thing is a cruising right along!
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:34 AM   #216
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Can you share your Pumpkin Ale recipe?

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:24 PM   #217
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MS Herretz: Click on his username and then select send message, thats probably the best way to get a hold of someone.

I just ordered one of these yesterday, cant wait to give it a go! Don't you love winning an amazon gift card right as you discover something like this that you want? Pure awesome.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:59 PM   #218
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My cool brewing bag takes quite a while (>24 hours with 3 2L bottles) to get down to 62-64F from room temperature (78-80F). I am wondering if putting a small battery operated fan inside would speed up the cool down process. Any comments?

Once at 62-64F it stays there very reliably with little effort.

I was thinking about this fan since it uses AA batteries which I can recharge.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:50 PM   #219
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My cool brewing bag takes quite a while (>24 hours with 3 2L bottles) to get down to 62-64F from room temperature (78-80F). I am wondering if putting a small battery operated fan inside would speed up the cool down process. Any comments?

Once at 62-64F it stays there very reliably with little effort.

I was thinking about this fan since it uses AA batteries which I can recharge.
http://www.amazon.com/Coghlans-9485-...dp/B0000CE2DR/
I don't know how much of a difference that could make, but you could certainly give it a shot. You could also trying adding some water in and making it kind of a swamp cooler. Water would cool it down quite fast in addition to your frozen bottles. Just add some bleach in to prevent mold.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:11 PM   #220
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I don't know how much of a difference that could make, but you could certainly give it a shot. You could also trying adding some water in and making it kind of a swamp cooler. Water would cool it down quite fast in addition to your frozen bottles. Just add some bleach in to prevent mold.
I have used water 3 times now and it works really well for cooling down faster. The down side is the ice melts faster an I had to change ice ever 12 hours (not to bad). I just would like to avoid the clean up if I can.



 
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