Author Topic: Using ICE for fermentation/conditioning  (Read 1379 times)

Offline drunkenpuff

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Using ICE for fermentation/conditioning
« on: October 29, 2010, 08:37:17 am »
I recently acquired (yes legally!) a used soda cooler.. like the ones you see in convenient stores filled with ice and drinks. I want to use this as a fermentation chamber and cold conditioner. I would like to know if is is detrimental to have the carboy (plastic) surrounded in ice...i was thinking of making some sort of sleeve to have a barrier between the carboy and the ice.. but is it necessary? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!

Offline wingnut

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Re: Using ICE for fermentation/conditioning
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2010, 09:07:52 am »
Plastic Carboy in direct contact with Ice is no problem.  Glass may be an issue, but even then I would not hesitate to put my 70F glass carboy into a bath of 32F water/ice.

The only hitch I see with the carboy, is that you will want to keep the water level on the outside (after ice melting) below the water level on the inside of the carboy.  That way the carboy will not begin to float and possibly tip and .... cause a bad day!

What I have heard other people doing is putting their carboy into a trash can/cooler like what you have, and then with a pond pump, circulating the water through an ice bath, usually in a igloo or othe cooler.  The pond pump being controlled by a Johnson or other temp control... that way when you fermentation temp has cooled to the desired temp, you are not actively cooling, but if things get to warm, the pump pulls in water from the ice bucket/igloo into the fermentation cooler and drops the temp.  If you go with this setup, a cooler with frozen milk jugs works great in the igloo.  They last a long time and are easy to cycle back thorugh your frezzer.

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