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Old 07-05-2012, 09:36 PM   #51
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I see guys putting the qd's through the lid. Why not run through the top or upper side of the conical? Seems like it would be less cumbersome when removing the lid


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Cleaning. Less holes in the fermenter = less places for bacteria


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Old 07-06-2012, 12:36 AM   #53
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Oh and I got my comical through spray smarter. It's an ag supply company.
Looking good! I think a dorm fridge would work fine.
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Copying your setup. Custom built my stand so it will gravity feed into corny

I'll do up a parts list and send more photos of it working. Just got a dorm fridge off CL and debating if I'll need to run glycol or not.
Looks great! Glad we could be of some inspiration.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:50 PM   #55
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[QUOTE=18DPA debating if I'll need to run glycol or not.[/QUOTE]

Why not try RV antifreeze for sinks and toilets during the winter first?
It's not toxic. Worth a shot. (Kal used it to chill his draft tower through glycol lines.)
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Here it is on a test run.

Im trying to cool 5 gallons of water. Usually I'll brew 12 gallon batches but I want to test it at minimum capacity first. The bottom of the thermowell and the coil sit at about 2.5 gallons.

So far no leaks and it runs fine.

Pond Pump in stollen 5 gallon RO water jug. That cord into Ranco.

Ranco temp controller probe goes into brewers hardware's longest unthreaded thermowell (really well made).

Water is 80 degrees right now and fridge isn't cool either I'm going to wait to run the pump until its cooled off.

Also I am planning on a racking port but that is down the road a bit. All my fittings are in a box and I can't remember which are for the upcoming electric brewery.

Questions: What was the consensus on the airlocks on this? Needed not needed? I know you have to seal the lid etc etc. Spotty Dog I think you go without right?
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Do you plan on insulating the conical?
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Yes. Don't have enough material right now to do it proper. But soon. Zack this is so much your baby wothout that beautiful coil it wouldn't be here.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:18 PM   #59
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Can u list the camlock parts? I have everything but that ready to go. Wasn't sure how to get the stainless steel coil through the top in a clean technique. I like the looks of the camlock.
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Yes. Don't have enough material right now to do it proper. But soon. Zack this is so much your baby wothout that beautiful coil it wouldn't be here.
Great! Let me know when she's ready to ship home.

Are you ok with the Type-C camlocks or would you recommend the Type-D (female cam x female thread) with a hose barb fitting for a larger bore?


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