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Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:09:21 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.

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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 04:40:42 PM »
Dry it out rather than using bleach.  Use a dessicant like Damprid, it works well.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 04:53:11 PM »
With the heat going in there it's bone dry. Guess you're right. The visitors need moisture.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 05:02:59 PM »
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?
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 07:33:38 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.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 08:17:33 PM »
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.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 11:52:04 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 . . .
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 05:56:28 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 . . .

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
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011, 06:02:55 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 . . .

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.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011, 06:55:45 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 . . .

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.....
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2011, 10:03:13 AM »

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.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011, 11:44:16 AM »

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!
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2011, 11:51:53 AM »
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.
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Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2011, 12:05:55 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. :)
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