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Fermentation Fridge, fan forced vs static

Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by PTG, 19/11/18.

 

  1. PTG

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    Posted 19/11/18
    What’s everyone using? And what works best?
    I have to buy another FF as wasn’t worth moving it 2000 Ks when we have gumtree these days. Last one was fan forced and i liked that, my theory was that for the short times that it was cycling it was rotating the cool air around the chamber where i thought a static would run for longer periods due to no air movement and end up over chilling the chamber.
    Interested to hear opinions
     
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    Posted 19/11/18
    I ferment like the first pic, then move to the coolroom to dry hop and cold crash. 20181016_165541.jpeg 20181119_175802.jpeg 20181119_175800.jpeg
     
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    Posted 19/11/18
    I have the same line of thought.
    My fermentation fridge is fan forced and runs like a charm, temp stays on target. My keezer on the other hand wasn't fan forced, and i did have issues with overshoot. I installed a small fan and now runs like a dream. Go with another fan forced mate.
    Just my 2 cents.

    Nice setup Stokesy, i wish i had room for a coolroom!
     
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    Posted 20/11/18
    Nice call on the fan. Id forgotten about that. Will put one in my keezer as soon as im back.
     
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    Posted 12/1/19
    My new fermenting setup, i have a little 2 bedroom flat on the property which im using to ferment and cold crash in, the split system holds a nice even temp at 18 degrees, just waiting on the power bill to see if its worth doing. Its a good spot to be on a hot day.
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    Posted 12/1/19
    I run mine 24-7 all year, admittedly a smaller room, a pain in the arse on the heating cycle in winter but summer doesn't miss a beat and the room is well insulated. My power usage went down and the only thing I had done was repair a seal on an old freezer.
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    Posted 12/1/19
    How much do you drink WEAL?
     
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    Posted 12/1/19
    I like ya setup mate, nice and compact, i hope the power usage here is reasonable otherwise the minister of war and finance is gunna shut my little brew house down.
     
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    As much as I can get away with, I remember a quote from some one, 'If it wasn't for women life would be a pub' :)
     
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    Posted 12/1/19
    i totally agree and do the same
     
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    Posted 15/1/19
    Got my electricity bill today, the old freezer I spoke about my wife replaced with the one Aldi had on special, the usage was 7.95 as against 11.34 / kWh for the same time last year, not bad when the air conditioning for the fermenting room and the cold crash fridge (-1 to -2) is running constantly.
     
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    Posted 15/1/19
    What's the climate like where you are weal im on the nsw side of mildura, at the moment its still in the 40's , 9 pm. The split to run my fermenters is doing its job, but its running flat out.
     
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    Posted 15/1/19
    We have had 39 for the last couple of days but I would say an average would be somewhere around the low 30 /high 20's. I do have a lot of insulation though and solar power which I get 66c /kWh, I got $49 credit this last bill.
     
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    Posted 16/1/19
    How do you run your fermentation process in a room like that Weal? ie; d rest, cold crash and so on. Especially assuming each of those fermenters are a different beast.
     
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    Posted 16/1/19
    Pretty much the same, English ales stout, bitter, mild, brown ale 18 degrees C. Got a great recipe for mild, probably have been drinkinking more of that of late, keeps me sombre the wife hardly nose I have had a drink.;)
    Cold crash for two days at -1 to -2 always in secondary so most of the yeast is left behind, bottle or cask, if I have a line like in the photo (is pretty rare that was catch up) usually only 2 or 3 on the go at any one time.
     
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    Posted 16/1/19
    I think they are asking how you manage to cold crash in the fermenting room.
    ie. you've got brew X fermenting at 18C but it's time to cold crash brew Y.
    I'm assuming you use fridges/freezers we don't usually get to see.

    And if you do, are they outside your fermenting room?
     
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    Posted 16/1/19
    No inside the fermenting room, on the opposite side to the fermenters. The lowest a air con can go is 17 degrees C. 2 days is usually the time it takes for beers to clear, rarely more than that, in saying that it is yeast dependent.
     
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    Posted 16/1/19
    Cool, I had a room that usually sat around 16-18C even on hot days but when I put the chill fridge in there it got warmer hence asking the question.

    Now I've just got a tiny area enough for 1 fridge, but I'm planning a small insulated room in the big shed I'm building out back.
     
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    I had the same concerns about the fridge I mentioned it in a post a year or two ago the heat from the fridge may cause a problem but it doesn't if the ambient temperature in the room is 17 to 18 degrees then the compressor is not cutting in as if it was out side.
     
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    That's a shitload of beer!
     

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