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Old 06-04-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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So my brew buddy and I have been trying to figure out a way to keep our conical temps regulated during these hot NC summers. Here is our solution.

Our Conical.

Our solution, a SS coil with camlock fittings.

Camlock and bulkheads from StainlessBrewing.com.



Assembled!

Our full solution. Cooler contains ice water with a small pond pump recirculating through SS coil inside.


Our homemade temp controller per the aquarium temp controller build thread on this forum.


As of two days later, its maintaining our target temp of 63 F. Ambient temps have been in the high 70's low 80's.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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I need to buy me a brew buddy like yours. How expensive are they?

 
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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and folks, tdawg183 would be my brew partner mentioned in original post. He built most of that system for us.
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Conical 2: Empty
Carboy 1: Empty
Carboy 2: Empty
Secondary: Vanilla Bourbon Porter
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Bottle: Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA
Keg 1: Southern Tier Pumking Clone
Keg 2: Kolsch
Keg 3: Angry Wolf IIPA

 
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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Awesome build. What is the plan for when it gets cold?

 
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:47 PM   #5
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Like it! I haven't read about the aquarium pump, but I've seen the thread. How often do you have to add ice to your cooler?

 
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:52 AM   #6
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Strong work!!!

Any chance you could post a parts list? Not the Conical but everything past the hoses?
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:04 AM   #7
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I really like the cam lock idea. I've got a 7 gallon conical and have been needing a blow off recently. This might be a better way to do that. Thanks for sharing the temp regulation. I'll probably be adapting that in some form too!

 
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the comments guys. I'll see if we can put a parts list together.

As for adding ice. We added 2 bags of ice the day after brewing, and three bags the next day. But there were about 4 bags of ice in there after we added the three bags. Our next plan is to add a dorm fridge to help maintain cooler water temps to reduce the amount of ice we have to use. We will probably try this on our next brew day.
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Conical 1: Empty
Conical 2: Empty
Carboy 1: Empty
Carboy 2: Empty
Secondary: Vanilla Bourbon Porter
Bottle: Hibernation Ale Clone
Bottle: Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA
Keg 1: Southern Tier Pumking Clone
Keg 2: Kolsch
Keg 3: Angry Wolf IIPA

 
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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How much did the stainless coil set you back?

 
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #10
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The coil was around $60 or 70 shipped and came with standard hose fittings on it. We didn't get it here, but check out StainlessBrewing.com. I think he has reasonable prices and will bend it however you want it.
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Conical 1: Empty
Conical 2: Empty
Carboy 1: Empty
Carboy 2: Empty
Secondary: Vanilla Bourbon Porter
Bottle: Hibernation Ale Clone
Bottle: Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA
Keg 1: Southern Tier Pumking Clone
Keg 2: Kolsch
Keg 3: Angry Wolf IIPA

 
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