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Old 12-12-2012, 04:59 PM   #41
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Sweet build! Just throwing this out there for you, but I insulated my hot side equipment (all Sanke keg holes) with Reflectix insulation sealed with duct tape then shot with insulating truck bed liner. Very efficient and sturdy, plus it looks good. Check out my HLT build in my threads. I would post a link but I'm on my phone. I will be following this thread and can't wait to see the final product.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:13 PM   #42
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Sweet build! Just throwing this out there for you, but I insulated my hot side equipment (all Sanke keg holes) with Reflectix insulation sealed with duct tape then shot with insulating truck bed liner. Very efficient and sturdy, plus it looks good. Check out my HLT build in my threads. I would post a link but I'm on my phone. I will be following this thread and can't wait to see the final product.
Thanks! I'll check it out.

 
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #43
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Stainless tube showed up today for my fermenter (along with some other toys). I'll be sealing a probe into the bottom of it later today or tomorrow.



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Old 02-20-2014, 06:16 AM   #44
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Any update on this? I have a plastic conical and I'm thinking of doing this using a stainless coil immersion chiller connected to a reservoir of water cooled by peltier.

 
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:45 PM   #45
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Any update on this? I have a plastic conical and I'm thinking of doing this using a stainless coil immersion chiller connected to a reservoir of water cooled by peltier.
Totally thought I updated this a while ago, whoops! So I have been using this setup for many batches now and it has been working great! I have yet to clean up the wiring mess and such as I may move to a BrewPi.

The stainless coil I am using has no issues pulling up or down the temp of the 5 gallons in the fermenter even with the extremely limited flow (due to my pump).

Current setup:



I am currently working on a peltier based heating and cooling upgrade for my system too, some parts were gutted from an old water block I made for a graphics card years ago.

The possible new chiller unit.


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Old 02-20-2014, 03:08 PM   #46
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just out of curiosity... How much do you think it would cost to run that?
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:28 AM   #47
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just out of curiosity... How much do you think it would cost to run that?
Not sure yet. It still gets quite cool @ 5vdc/3amps so I am hoping I can use it there. If I get some time in the next few weeks I'm going to get it hooked up to a small 1U computer powersupply and see what my Kill A Watt says.

 
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:29 AM   #48
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Small update when the current TEC is heating or cooling the whole sytem pulls 120 watts via my Kill-a-watt. 11 watts when idling.

Current album: http://imgur.com/a/vwX5L

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Old 03-15-2015, 02:28 AM   #49
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First fermentation done. This setup works very well for the minor temp changes and holding a temp from 64 to I'm guessing 80 but crash cooling was an issue.



A new heating/chilling element is in order before my next brew. Everything else was perfect.



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Old 06-18-2015, 07:40 AM   #50
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Hey Jason, how's this project progressing? I was wondering why does your room temp appear to be zig zagging up and down until you start crash cooling?

Also, did you have any troubles with condensation forming on the fermentor when you're crash chilling?
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