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Title: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: oscarvan on March 08, 2011, 11:09:21 PM
No I am not becoming a beer rapper.

So I had the TWO nice used chest freezers and after murdering the 15 cu I have now successfully rigged the 12cu on a two stage controller with an infrared bulb in it for heat and it is smack on 65º in there. So far so good.

But I was thinking.... (here we go again) With the lid on at 65º this is a perfect breeding ground for bugs. I hosed it down with starsan but I was wondering if I should put a very small bowl of bleach in there or something to keep the air in there sterile.

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: tschmidlin on March 08, 2011, 11:40:42 PM
Dry it out rather than using bleach.  Use a dessicant like Damprid, it works well.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: oscarvan on March 08, 2011, 11:53:11 PM
With the heat going in there it's bone dry. Guess you're right. The visitors need moisture.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: riverrat on March 09, 2011, 12:02:59 AM
If you have a means of measuring humidity, it wouldn't be a bad idea to just see what you are getting for himidity in the freezer during fementation.  Not sure if much liquid evaporates during fermentation.

Also, the CO2 should help limit what can grow in there.

Are you using the dead freezer for fermenting (with a light bulb for heat) or the good freezer?
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: oscarvan on March 09, 2011, 02:33:38 AM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: bluesman on March 09, 2011, 03:17:33 AM
Dry it out rather than using bleach.  Use a dessicant like Damprid, it works well.

+1

The other option, or in addition to a dessicant, is to install a small fan to help keep air flowing and dry out the air.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: tschmidlin on March 09, 2011, 06:52:04 AM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: oscarvan on March 09, 2011, 12:56:28 PM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .

Space is at a premium. I have a lot, but I also have a lot of stuff. Thought about putting it in the front yard with geraniums in it this summer, but the wife gave me "the look".  ;D
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: jeffy on March 09, 2011, 01:02:55 PM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .

Space is at a premium. I have a lot, but I also have a lot of stuff. Thought about putting it in the front yard with geraniums in it this summer, but the wife gave me "the look".  ;D

Sounds like a "you may be a redneck" joke.
Which reminds me of another regional yard display from southern Louisiana, where some ethnic folks bury used bathtubs half way in the ground to make a virgin mary backdrop.
What were we talking about again?
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: oscarvan on March 09, 2011, 01:55:45 PM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .

Space is at a premium. I have a lot, but I also have a lot of stuff. Thought about putting it in the front yard with geraniums in it this summer, but the wife gave me "the look".  ;D

Sounds like a "you may be a redneck" joke.
Which reminds me of another regional yard display from southern Louisiana, where some ethnic folks bury used bathtubs half way in the ground to make a virgin mary backdrop.
What were we talking about again?

Hmmmmm, a beer shrine. Now that's an idea.....
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: denny on March 09, 2011, 05:03:13 PM

Sounds like a "you may be a redneck" joke.
Which reminds me of another regional yard display from southern Louisiana, where some ethnic folks bury used bathtubs half way in the ground to make a virgin mary backdrop.
What were we talking about again?

That's one of the great things about living out in the sticks where I do.  If I want to get rid of something, I just put it up by the road with a "FREE" sign on it.  In an hour, it's gone.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: euge on March 09, 2011, 06:44:16 PM

Sounds like a "you may be a redneck" joke.
Which reminds me of another regional yard display from southern Louisiana, where some ethnic folks bury used bathtubs half way in the ground to make a virgin mary backdrop.
What were we talking about again?

That's one of the great things about living out in the sticks where I do.  If I want to get rid of something, I just put it up by the road with a "FREE" sign on it.  In an hour, it's gone.

I set a worn out hot water heater on the curb and by the time I reached the front door someone had already stopped and was loading it into their pickup. That was awesome!
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: Hokerer on March 09, 2011, 06:51:53 PM
That's one of the great things about living out in the sticks where I do.  If I want to get rid of something, I just put it up by the road with a "FREE" sign on it.  In an hour, it's gone.

Don't have to be in the sticks.  I'm in the middle of suburbia and it works the same way.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: punatic on March 09, 2011, 06:56:52 PM
"One man's ceiling is another man's floor..."
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: dbeechum on March 09, 2011, 07:05:55 PM
Don't have to be in the sticks.  I'm in the middle of suburbia and it works the same way.

Agreed, I'm in the middle of Pasadena and I've totally done the whole corner drop thing here and had everything gone in 5 minutes.

Of course, I've also picked up someone's old retired solid book case that way. :)
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: bluesman on March 09, 2011, 07:45:20 PM
Yea... a few months ago my wife brought one of these home. Apparently someone got tired of looking at it and set it out to the curb.

(http://www.oldradioparts.com/pg6p6.jpg)
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: weithman5 on March 09, 2011, 08:41:16 PM
there goes my boat mooring >:(
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: tschmidlin on March 09, 2011, 08:46:46 PM
At least you're leaving it in front of your own house, someone left a printer/fax machine in front of my house yesterday.  Now I have to take it down to the recycling place in a few weeks when they have free drop-off.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: Mark G on March 09, 2011, 08:55:36 PM
At least you're leaving it in front of your own house, someone left a printer/fax machine in front of my house yesterday.  Now I have to take it down to the recycling place in a few weeks when they have free drop-off.
Maybe they were hoping you would fix it and put it back out on the curb for them to pick up.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: tubercle on March 09, 2011, 10:59:28 PM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .

 I predict that in less than a week you will slap your forehead because of the great idea you came up with that the freezer carcass could have been used for. Happens every time.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: maxieboy on March 09, 2011, 11:10:13 PM
I predict that in less than a week you will slap your forehead because of the great idea you came up with that the freezer carcass could have been used for. Happens every time.

Known in SC as a "lawn ornament".  ;D
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: punatic on March 09, 2011, 11:47:55 PM
Artificial reef!
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: tubercle on March 10, 2011, 01:01:40 AM
I predict that in less than a week you will slap your forehead because of the great idea you came up with that the freezer carcass could have been used for. Happens every time.

Known in SC as a "lawn ornament".  ;D

  I was think something along the lines of putting by the driveway and nailing the mailbox to the top of it. Just trying to bring the neighborhood standards up a little ;D

 Or better yet, paint pink flamingos on the side.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: euge on March 10, 2011, 02:44:32 AM
You could spray it terracotta red and use it as a planter.
Title: Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
Post by: oscarvan on March 10, 2011, 03:04:30 AM
The dead freezer has been field dressed (compressor removed) and is in the hearse heading for the recycling station. The live one is hooked up tot the two stage controller.
Damn, that fast?  it still could have been useful . . .

 I predict that in less than a week you will slap your forehead because of the great idea you came up with that the freezer carcass could have been used for. Happens every time.

Usual time frame for that is 10 days..... Yes, I know the feeling.