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Old 10-09-2009, 10:12 PM   #91
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I haven't looked at that. The Igloo site has dimensions which I assume are outer dimensions. If they are inner, then it would work perfectly it seems.

EDIT: Some simple math says those are outer dimensions. Think its gonna be too small...

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Old 10-12-2009, 04:45 PM   #92
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I just picked up the larger Rubbermaid cooler today and it does, in fact, fit my 6.5 gallon carboy. Unfortunately, I see no way for any fittings to fit inside. Guys that are doing this...are none of you using 6.5 gallon carboys?
I use a better bottle for primary and a glass carboy for secondary (if needed) so I don't have any issues.

 
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:58 AM   #93
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I know this is a fairly old thread, but I noticed that you mentioned that you used this heating as well...

What temp did you have the heated water bath at?? Ie what were you losing with the water transfer between coolers??

By the way pure genius,,, I was going to do the same thing, but hold all the components in a larger fermentation chamber to help eliminate the "outside" world..

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:41 PM   #94
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Is there a cheaper temp controller that would work?

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:05 PM   #95
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Guys that are doing this...are none of you using 6.5 gallon carboys?
I use a 6.5g carboy in a Rubbermaid cooler with stainless bulkhead and ball valve. The carboy can float on top of the bulkhead fitting, no problem, if you adjust the level of your drain. Mine also has a brass elbow in the drain line to make the turn at the bottom edge of the cooler easier. The drain line goes under the carboy and up on the side opposite the bulkhead.



Carboy stopper is for auxiliary support.

You will need a Brewhauler to get the carboy out without racking blindly.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:40 PM   #96
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I know this is a fairly old thread, but I noticed that you mentioned that you used this heating as well...

What temp did you have the heated water bath at?? Ie what were you losing with the water transfer between coolers??

By the way pure genius,,, I was going to do the same thing, but hold all the components in a larger fermentation chamber to help eliminate the "outside" world..
I just use an aquarium heater. It doesn't really matter as long as its not boiling hot because it won't cycle all the water, just enough get the temp up and kick off the pump. The temp loss between cooler isn't really too important either since its going to mix with the rest of the water and stabilize within one or two degrees of what your shooting for.

 
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:14 PM   #97
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You inspired me!

I decided to use a copper coil and recirculate water through the copper instead of using gravity to move the water. It works great, very happy with it so far. Fermenting at 64F in a 80F apartment.






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By the way: I know it is really not pretty.. I will work on neater insulation, but for this first trial I just wanted to see if it would work.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:24 PM   #98
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now THIS is thinking!!

hot d*mn i'm doing this with my next beer.

 
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:36 PM   #99
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Than you. Credit goes to the "low tech lagering system" from basic brewing radio.. First thing I saw that used a copper coil and pump to chill..

I just made it bigger so I can have 2 carboys fermenting.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:05 PM   #100
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WOW! I really like that. Where do you have your probe for the temperature controller/ what are you using to waterproof it?
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