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Offline donpiche

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temperature control for fermentation and mashing
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:18:05 PM »
I am a beginner in this kind of process and am not terribly DIY but can find help.

Cannot find full, clear indications for using a small chest freezer and a temperature controller to control mash temperatures and then as a separate process control fermentation temperatures - do mash then later do fermentation. Will be doing small batches, say up to 2 gallons. Will be using a SS pot with bazooka braid and outlet tap, possible false bottom. Had hoped to use kitchen range oven for mash temperature control but the capabilities of the temperature setting for the range are too high and not amenable to point control. I have a small chest freezer which was to be used for fermentation temperature control.

Questions: 1) could the freezer be managed for mashing temperature control as well as fermentation and what attributes of the freezer should I be concerned with?
2) what style of temperature controller should I get - 1 @ 2 phase for cool and heat? Or 2 distinct controllers? Do I need a heat source and fan as well? How do I organize the use of the temperature controller - details on set up, construction if necessary and what is the actual routine or working of the controller?

Advice appreciated. Cheers donp
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Re: temperature control for fermentation and mashing
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 12:28:41 PM »
I think you are making it more complicated and using a sledgehammer to drive a nail.


I'd switch to a cooler for mashing.


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Re: temperature control for fermentation and mashing
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 01:02:09 PM »
+1 to a cooler. or you can simply wrap your kettle in comforters or some other form of insulation. I started AG with a bottling bucket, grain bag, and quilts works like a champ.
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Re: temperature control for fermentation and mashing
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 01:06:55 PM »
Ice chest type cooler for mash. Though ive never used one, I use a stainless pot to mash in, and out.

Freezer is used for fermentation temp control.

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Re: temperature control for fermentation and mashing
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 03:58:40 PM »
+1 to simplifying with a cooler :

http://www.dennybrew.com/

It's "All Grain Beer For Dummies"  (like me). No joke.     ;)

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Re: temperature control for fermentation and mashing
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 05:11:55 PM »

+1 to simplifying with a cooler :

http://www.dennybrew.com/

It's "All Grain Beer For Dummies"  (like me). No joke.     ;)

EDIT - No better,easier, more accessible all grain instruction anywhere.
+1, as I've heard it said and read here: "if I knew it was this easy, I would have starte here!"


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