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Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap Fermentation Temp Control?
« on: May 03, 2011, 12:44:15 PM »
As far as increasing the size of the hole, that's never worked out for me either.  At least, not a smooth round hole in plastic.  I think you're better off plugging the existing hole and drilling a new one with the right sized spade bit.  But that's me.

Thanks for the suggestion Tom, I think I'll do just that. And you think a spade bit would work better than a stepper for plastic? I've never really drilled thru plastic before. I might take the lid to Home Depot and ask them the best way to do it. The only other way I can think of is maybe a hole punch, heat up the lid and hit it hard.

I'll let ya know how it works out.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap Fermentation Temp Control?
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:25:59 AM »

Since the fermentation tote doesn't allow the use of an airlock i was looking for other options and ran across this:

I'll have to increase the size of the hole in the fermentation bucket lid for the #7 stopper to fit, but it looks like a great solution. I ordered 2 of them, I'll report back once i get them.

Here's the link:
Vented Silicone Stopper


Equipment and Software / Re: Burners
« on: May 02, 2011, 06:26:50 PM »
another +1 for the KAB4, it halved my boil-time.

When the cooler is full of ice I'm pumping water approaching 32F through the IC in the kettle.  Not sure how it would get colder than that.  Either way the water coming out of the cooler is going to be the temp of the water in the cooler.

I think more importantly, that the water returning to the cooler from the kettle is much hotter than 32F and the more time it spends in the cold water the better, before returning thru the pump and back to the kettle.

its probably a wash, but would be interesting to see if theres a difference

I think it'd be similar, in terms of chilling effectiveness, of just having a cooler full of ice water.  What would be the advantage of having the IC inside the cooler?

you'd have much more surface area contacting the colder water made from a material thats a lot better at conducting heat. Compared to just a straight length of rubber hose, that is. Like I said, not sure how much more effective it would be but it would be worth experimenting to find out.

After reading this thread it got me thinking, scary i know, but i wonder how much more efficient using 2 immersion chillers in-line  ould be? One inside the wort and another in a cooler full of ice water with the pump. A garden hose doesn't seem too efficient at heat transfer. anyone ever try it?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing TV is 1 year old!
« on: May 01, 2011, 10:46:58 AM »
Gratz guys, love the show!

Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap Fermentation Temp Control?
« on: April 30, 2011, 08:01:27 AM »
Absolutely excited to try it! I had an empty gallon milk jug so i froze it overnight and placed it inside just to see what would happen and it got down to 54deg and stayed there for hours even after the ice melted. I'm super psyched.

Hopefully I can get to the LHBS today and by ingredients for my first AG batch!


Equipment and Software / Re: Love schematic
« on: April 28, 2011, 08:01:43 PM »
Sweet Mary that was a fast answer! Thanks dude. You rock.

I typed "TS-13010 wiring diagram" into google and it was the first link, no biggy :)

glad it worked out!


Equipment and Software / Re: Love schematic
« on: April 28, 2011, 06:01:20 PM »
Would this help?

Was planning on picking up ingredients for 2 batches, a cream stout and a porter, my first 2 all-grain brews!

Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap Fermentation Temp Control?
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:11:47 PM »
Took some picts:


Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap Fermentation Temp Control?
« on: April 27, 2011, 01:11:08 PM »
Luckily my wife had another 48-Gal tote in the garage and after checking it, the buckets I have fit in it perfectly. We swapped and I just got done wrapping it in the reflectix. I didn't have any foam so I fit another piece of insulation on the bottom and it slightly reaches up the walls. The reflectix that i bought was too tall for the tote without cutting it so instead I wrapped the excess around the bottom leaving only a small gap which I covered with another loose piece. The cover is the only part that isn't insulated atm but I figured that wouldn't be a huge deal. I have more than enough reflectix left over to cover the top if need be.

Harbor freight was out of the dollies but i got a rain check for the sale price of $13.

I ordered a weldless SS ball-valve  kit with the mash screen and thermal hoses from northern brewer so  I should be ready to go all-grain sometime this weekend! woot!

Thanks for help Euge!

Oh, i forgot to take pictures, i'll do it tomorrow.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap Fermentation Temp Control?
« on: April 27, 2011, 10:38:48 AM »
These huge 30 gallon totes with lids are $10 at walmart. I insulated mine with some extra Reflectix. Holds two 7.9 gallon fermenters. Swap out icepacks or frozen bottles and it stays easily in the mid 60's.

I've since upgraded to a freezmenter but the totes worked really well. Swapped out the frozen bottles twice a day.

Cheap and easy.


Went to lowes and walmart yesterday to pick up the materials to make your fermenter tote. I bought two 30-gal Sterilite Totes for $8 each (the biggest they had) and the Acu-Rite thermometer for $7! woot!

I only have one problem, my 7-gal fermentation buckets don't fit! I knew I should've measured before I left but like an idiot i didn't think about it until i got there. My buckets are 17 3/8" tall x 11 7/8" wide, can you measure your buckets for me if you have the chance?

I'm going to the LHBS this weekend to pickup ingredients, maybe they have shorter/wider buckets.

I also picked up the Reflectix but the dolly was on backorder...

I'm almost there!


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Prehistoric yeast takes beer drinkers back in time

Cool article

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