Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Cooling Down Your Fermenter...On the Cheap
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
BierMuncher
...My Junk is Ugly...
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BierMuncher's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 12,274
Liked 649 Times on 377 Posts
Likes Given: 241

Default Cooling Down Your Fermenter...On the Cheap

My brewshop is now hovering around 72 degrees. Still an okay range for most of my light beers, but pushing the envelope a bit for any big brews coming up. I'm planning a Belgian Dark Strong Ale and want to avoid any hot alcohol from too high a fermentation temp.

I'd planned on using a large basin I have with the the t-shirt, fan trick, but today I was wandering through Sears Hardware and came across this idea instead.

This was in the automotive section and is a drip pan for changing your oil. $11.00.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Fermenter_Cooler1.jpg
Views:	2688
Size:	75.4 KB
ID:	6128

I suspected it looked to be the right size and was correct.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Fermenter_Cooler2.jpg
Views:	2715
Size:	47.3 KB
ID:	6129

A quick couple of passes with the blade (my saws all was out on loan...) And now we have a nice shallow holding vessel for the carboy. With a spout and a handle, moving it to the sink and draining it will be a breeze. Plus, since I ferment on a high counter, this shallower vessel makes loading a full carboy easier than my deep basin.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Fermenter_Cooler3.jpg
Views:	2693
Size:	83.4 KB
ID:	6130

In goes a gallon or two of water...on goes an old t-shirt and my box fan in the brew shop goes on medium. I should get a good 6-9 degree drop in the wort temp from this.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Fermenter_Cooler4.jpg
Views:	2735
Size:	83.4 KB
ID:	6131

The concept of using evaporation to cool a fermenter is not new...but I thought this was a pretty cool little tub to make the job easier. Almost looks like it was meant for this job.
BierMuncher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
eschatz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
eschatz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Posts: 3,466
Liked 33 Times on 19 Posts

Default

I have a small apt and I'm looking for something small just like this to do the trick. I dont have enough room for a ferm chamber. So this is going to do the trick just fine! You've always got such great ideas! Thanks.
__________________
play the bass, brew the beer

What's tappening? :D
eschatz is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 12:41 AM   #3
Saccharomyces
Be good to your yeast...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Saccharomyces's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pflugerville, Texas
Posts: 5,444
Liked 96 Times on 56 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Hehehe! That's soo sick I use that pan to change my oil. But hey, it's amazing how often simple solutions work really well.

- Eric
Saccharomyces is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 12:52 AM   #4
jay075j
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: West Hartford, CT
Posts: 153
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Should we address the issue of the case of Bud Light in the back?
__________________
Jay

"All right, brain, I don't like you, and you don't like me, so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer." - Homer Simpson
jay075j is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 01:06 AM   #5
BierMuncher
...My Junk is Ugly...
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BierMuncher's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 12,274
Liked 649 Times on 377 Posts
Likes Given: 241

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jay075j View Post
Should we address the issue of the case of Bud Light in the back?


My friends know I won't drink the stuff...but I'll always take their empty cases for storage.
BierMuncher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 01:34 AM   #6
Demon
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Demon's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Willowbrook, IL
Posts: 962
Liked 112 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

They actually make oil drip trays just like that with the center out already. Check out AutoZone. Very clever idea that I will definitely try on my next batch.
Demon is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 03:04 AM   #7
cwhill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Saratoga, NY
Posts: 124
Default

Great idea, BM. I happen to have an extra one of these in the garage! Brand new waiting for a 'cool' use. Guess it now has a new home.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
...I still stare lovingly at my fermenters every day.
**********************************
There are two rules for success in life:
1. Never tell anyone everything you know
2.
**********************************
Primary: Air
Secondary: Air
Bottled: BierMuncher's Centenial Blonde,Oatmeal Stout
Kegged: Centenial Blonde
On Deck:
cwhill is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 12:26 PM   #8
jay075j
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: West Hartford, CT
Posts: 153
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BierMuncher View Post


My friends know I won't drink the stuff...but I'll always take their empty cases for storage.
All right....you're excused....
__________________
Jay

"All right, brain, I don't like you, and you don't like me, so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer." - Homer Simpson
jay075j is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 12:30 PM   #9
Brew-Happy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Posts: 1,332
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Great idea!

I bet you could fit ice down in the base and when it melts, remove the cap to start over with fresh ice.

Nice job!
__________________
Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2003!!! Whoop!

Quote:
Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles, tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?
- Arthur Weasley
Brew-Happy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 01:37 PM   #10
drunkatuw
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Rochester, MN
Posts: 645
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default

I had to resort to a water bath for the first time on my batch last weekend. I put one carboy in a cooler and the other in the laundry sink. I started by adding 2 20oz bottles of frozen water in each bath. I noticed that the water bottles in the sink were melting much quicker. So I started putting 3 frozen bottles in the sink and one in the cooler and they both maintained 68 degrees (with a t-shirt over them and a fan on them).

So I guess my point is that a cooler maintains the cooler temperatures much better. So it might be better to pick up a 70 qt cooler from walmart for $35 (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8187713). I used a 48qt cooler and could only fit 1 6.5gal carboy, but I think 2 should fit in the 70 qt cooler.
drunkatuw is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A cheap wort cooling pump ! floridabrewer All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 02-23-2013 10:31 AM
Super cheap fermenter cooling malkore Fermenters 35 06-02-2010 08:17 PM
Cooling fermenter robklein General Techniques 3 06-23-2008 04:49 AM
Cooling on the cheap... aekdbbop Equipment/Sanitation 19 08-20-2007 04:02 PM
Cooling the fermenter thedaler General Techniques 11 05-19-2007 04:38 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS