Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kegerators and Keezers > Keezer Condensation
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
jcarwash31
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Plymouth, MN
Posts: 5
Default Keezer Condensation

I have a 5 cu ft keezer with a simple 2x4 wooden collar and I'm getting quite a bit of condensation. It caused some surface rust on the bottom of my CO2 tank. Do I need to try to insulate the collar or would putting a fan inside help?


jcarwash31 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
brtisbuck
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 271
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Neither will cure it completely, but both will help some and provide for a better pour. They will allow for more even temp distribution throughout the keezer reducing condensation as well as keeping the beer lines cooler higher in the unit.


__________________
In the botte: Wheat, American Pale Ale
In Primary #1: Light Hybrid #1
Primary #2: Light Hybrid #2
On Deck: IPA
In Design: California Common
brtisbuck is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
b-boy
16%er
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
b-boy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Frozen Tundra, NY
Posts: 3,643
Liked 876 Times on 607 Posts
Likes Given: 270

Default

it is tough to completely eliminate this problem. Sealing up any air leaks is the best way to minimize it. Use silicone caulk wherever there is a potential gap between surfaces. Also, rigid foam insulation will help. The fan is a good idea too. I also have a small dehumidifier inside mine. It helps a little.. Your location is also important. Mine is in my garage, which makes the problem worse.
__________________
Never underestimate the potential of someone who refuses to act their age.
b-boy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
jcarwash31
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Plymouth, MN
Posts: 5
Default

Yeah, it's in my garage and it's been so hot and humid this summer so hopefully that's a big part of it. I did caulk the joins on my collar and between the collar and the freezer and I think I have a pretty decent seal on the lid.

I kept trying to search for other threads like this and couldn't find them until I actually posted this thread. Then the similar threads thing at the bottom gave me all sorts of threads to look at.

I think I'll try some DampRid or dehumidifier and maybe add a fan as well.
jcarwash31 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
b-boy
16%er
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
b-boy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Frozen Tundra, NY
Posts: 3,643
Liked 876 Times on 607 Posts
Likes Given: 270

Default

the fan really helps keep the temps even. It will cause your taps to sweat more though. I recently recaulked my keezer collar after finding about 3 inches of water in the bottom of the keezer. It made a big difference.

Good news is that the hot weather is almost over. Then you'll just need to keep it from freezing. :-)
__________________
Never underestimate the potential of someone who refuses to act their age.
b-boy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 12:31 AM   #6
zachattack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: , MA
Posts: 2,656
Liked 267 Times on 229 Posts
Likes Given: 157

Default

Definitely insulate the collar and definitely add a fan, as others mentioned that'll help. The fan in particular will help keep the lines cooler and reduce foamy first pours. I'd recommend an Eva dry dehumidifier over the damp rid, they're nice little units and you can regenerate them overnight. Put it on its side right under the fan for the best results, mine's in a hot humid garage and I have no visible condensation. Also try not to open the lid unless you have to, that's the real killer.
zachattack is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 12:34 AM   #7
AleFred
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New York, ny
Posts: 204
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I don't have a keezer but how about a couple boxes of baking soda?
AleFred is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 02:30 AM   #8
jcarwash31
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Plymouth, MN
Posts: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by b-boy View Post
Good news is that the hot weather is almost over. Then you'll just need to keep it from freezing. :-)
I may be able to unplug it and leave it open in the winter. I think my garage manages to stay above 40 most of the winter.
jcarwash31 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 10:32 AM   #9
E-Mursed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Westland, MI
Posts: 893
Liked 110 Times on 65 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I have one of these in my keezer and kegerator....

http://www.eva-dry.com/

Plug in to recharge and they were just on sale at Amazon.
__________________
Schöne Blondine Brauerei
Closed-System Pressurized Fermentation - the future of homebrewing today...!!!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci
"A set back is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently" - Henry Ford
E-Mursed is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 11:41 PM   #10
LuiInIdaho
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LuiInIdaho's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ponderay, Idaho
Posts: 443
Liked 27 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

I am subscribing for future reference on the Eva Dry. Thanks,
Mark


LuiInIdaho is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! Condensation in my keezer :-( mattyb85 Kegerators and Keezers 20 07-18-2012 08:50 PM
Keezer Condensation borovy3488 Kegerators and Keezers 2 02-29-2012 03:07 AM
Condensation in Keezer Scooba Kegerators and Keezers 6 02-25-2012 09:14 PM
Keezer condensation nutsok Kegerators and Keezers 7 12-11-2011 11:10 AM
condensation in keezer rekoob Kegerators and Keezers 6 09-05-2011 05:36 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS