Originally Posted by 18DPA
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?
Let us know how your test went with cooling with the dorm fridge. Looks great btw! Nice job.
Also interested in how well your yeast catcher works.