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Old 06-07-2012, 07:23 PM   #21
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the more surface area you have into the liquid the less time and energy will be used pumping. I'd suspect a simple U would have the pump running constantly and would not give you much leeway in temperature differential


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i would think a 5 gal bucket of water in a dorm fridge would be a great replacement for the cooler and bags of ice.....

in the winter you could throw a space heater in the fridge to heat the water.....
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Submersible aquarium heater
Now there's an idea I haven't thought about. I wonder how warm they can get the water?

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Great thread. Planned on doing something like this before I saw this thread, and now I'll use your ideas as well. Really nice job.
Do you think you need that big of an immersion chiller of do you think you could get away with 25' X 3/8"? Also, what are you using for your drain parts/valve under the conical if you don't mind me asking?
I'll have to see if I can find the parts list for that. I know a couple of the pieces I bought from our local Agri Supply store. Let me see if I can dig up any old emails I have from past orders and I will try to let you know.
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Now there's an idea I haven't thought about. I wonder how warm they can get the water?
I've used one on 15 gallon plastic (empty LME ) fermenter and can keep it to 70 degrees in the garage during a Georgia winter
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I've used one on 15 gallon plastic (empty LME ) fermenter and can keep it to 70 degrees in the garage during a Georgia winter
Have a link to where I can look at the one you use?
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Aqueon 200 watt from petco:

http://www.petco.com/product/102603/...m-Heaters.aspx

Also on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000YAHJ50

200 watt might be overkill but it works well

Set it to abt 70 on dial but prob would be better with a controller
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For the sake of full disclosure, don't use it anymore because the fermenter fits in my ferm fridge
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Aqueon 200 watt from petco:

http://www.petco.com/product/102603/...m-Heaters.aspx

Also on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000YAHJ50

200 watt might be overkill but it works well

Set it to abt 70 on dial but prob would be better with a controller
Thanks! I might have to look into one of those.
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Great thread. Planned on doing something like this before I saw this thread, and now I'll use your ideas as well. Really nice job.
Do you think you need that big of an immersion chiller of do you think you could get away with 25' X 3/8"? Also, what are you using for your drain parts/valve under the conical if you don't mind me asking?
As requested. This what I believe I used. I'm on vacation, so its hard for to check it at the moment, but it was something like follows.

I replaced the one on the tank with this one. http://www.norwescotanks.net/p-535-2...e-fitting.aspx Not sure if that size is correct as I'm on vacation right now and not at home to check to see if it is 2" or something smaller. Just be sure to check your diameter if yours needs to be replaced.

Then I needed a reducer to step it down to 1" for my ball valve, so I ordered something similar to this, can't remember where I got mine. http://www.etanks.com/products/detai...productid=5156

Then I added this 1" x short nipple to attach my ball valve to my tank. http://www.etanks.com/products/detai...productid=5079

I then added this 1" ball valve. http://www.agrisupply.com/Ball-Valve...94/&sid=&eid=/

and then screwed this 1" hose barb into the bottom of the valve http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6282_200336282

From the exit of the tank, it goes:
  1. 2" Standard duty double threaded polypropylene fitting
  2. 2" MPT x 1" FPT Reducing Bushing
  3. 1" x Short Poly Nipple
  4. 1" BALL VALVE
  5. Polypropylene Hose Barb 1in. Dia.

I hope this helps.
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Thanks for the details. Especially while on vacation! Have fun and thanks.


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