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Old 05-30-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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I don't have a keezer or the "son of" DIY contraption. Currently if my kegarator (Danby) is full, which is always is!, I use a rubbermaid tub with water and the blue refreeze able blocks or frozen water bottles.

I figured I would start this one and see what kind of responses show up!


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Old 05-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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I bought a 40 qt. Aluminum pot from Amazon and put the fermenter in that. Add water and ice/freezer blocks. Stick a dial thermometer in the water or wort and put wet towels over anything that shows. If more is needed, a fan on the wet towels.



 
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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I bought a 14 CuFt freezer and wired it through a Johnson controller to keep it at a certain temp to ferment. By far the best investment into homebrewing I've made. Temp COntrol is second to sanitation for producing great beers.

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:20 AM   #4
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I bought a 40 qt. Aluminum pot from Amazon and put the fermenter in that. Add water and ice/freezer blocks. Stick a dial thermometer in the water or wort and put wet towels over anything that shows. If more is needed, a fan on the wet towels.
What size fermenter do you have? I have a 6.5 gal(23 L) glass carboy. Not sure on the width but I'll search Amazon...I never really thought of that. That might be the excuse I need to get a bigger kettle for 10 gallon batches!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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I bought a 14 CuFt freezer and wired it through a Johnson controller to keep it at a certain temp to ferment. By far the best investment into homebrewing I've made. Temp COntrol is second to sanitation for producing great beers.
Do you know if the model you bought can hold a corny without having to add a cheater? If so and the price were right I'd like to get that for lagering and/or kreezer.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:35 AM   #6
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I have a wooden box with foam board insulation on the inside. On the end is a small window air conditioning unit and I have a Johnsons Controls temperature control unit.
I can get the temp down to 60 degrees, but i usually use it at 67.
It's kinda big i can put 4 carboys in it, but it could be made smaller.

 
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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What size fermenter do you have? I have a 6.5 gal(23 L) glass carboy. Not sure on the width but I'll search Amazon...I never really thought of that. That might be the excuse I need to get a bigger kettle for 10 gallon batches!
Got this pot: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have a 6.5 gallon glass carboy and a 6 gallon Better Bottle one. Both fit but the glass one doesn't have lots of room left over. I like the pot and for $40 shipped I think it's a deal.

 
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #8
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Chest freezer from craig's list and a temp controller. About 200 bucks will take your brewing to the next level. Good luck

 
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:37 PM   #9
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I now use a 5 CF chest freezer and a Johnson Temp controller. It set me back $250 or so, but I think it was worth it for the entirely effortless temperature control it affords me.

I'm too lazy to constantly replace ice or frozen water bottles, and "room temperature" fermenting was only an option in the winter.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:55 PM   #10
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I got a 5cf chest freezer ($150 new at home depot) with a homemade temp contol on it. Its working great the only problem is I only have room for one at a time. Need to get a bigger one. Also finish my other temperature controller i'm building


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