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Discussion in 'Gear and Equipment' started by KegLand-com-au, 26/4/18.

 

  1. Snake Eyed

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    Posted 15/1/20
    No dust, I only crash chill so I can trub dump and biofine for a couple of days then transfer to kegs.
    As by the pics from when it was working the lines Iced up and I was able to keep the unitank at 0.4⁰ when the G40 was at -7 Screenshot_20200115-203942_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20200115-204036_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20200115-204054_Gallery.jpg
     
  2. Snake Eyed

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    Posted 15/1/20
    After 14 hours of the recirc being off, it has dropped from 22⁰ down to 2⁰.

    When I put a sandwich clippy bag at the front of the unit, the suction holds it on the grill. When I hold the same bag at the back of the unit grill it will blow the bag at an angle of 45-60⁰.
     
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  3. Snake Eyed

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    Posted 15/1/20
    1 hour later and the G40 is back at 22⁰ and it has brought the unitank back down to 22.8⁰ after raising 4⁰ overnight (peak yeast activity)
    Luckily it's fermenting under pressure so I should prevent the horrible esters from fermenting too high.
     
  4. Engibeer

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    Posted 15/1/20
    Hey Kegland, what's the dry weight of the G40?

    Cheers
     
  5. Warwick

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    Posted 16/1/20
    Can the DUOTIGHT - BLOWTIE 2 SPUNDING VALVE /PRESSURE RELIEF WITH INTEGRATED GAUGE 0-23PSI be connected with clamps instead of duo-tight fittings?
     
  6. theSeekerr

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    Posted 16/1/20
    Not really, the push fittings are integrated into the body of the spunding valve. You could work around it with a short length of 8mm OD hose and a barb-to-barb fitting, I suppose?
     
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    Posted 17/1/20
    Hi @KegLand-com-au, can you please give an update on progress for the tri-clamp adapter, CIP lid, and high temp body for the Fermzillas?

    Thanks,
     
  8. Engibeer

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    Posted 17/1/20
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    Posted 17/1/20
    https://www.kegland.com.au/bucket-blaster-keg-and-fermenter-washer-kit.html

    Ok, what about a jet with the nozzles directed sideways?

    Also interested in using this to clean the braumeister after dumping the trub and hop matter.

    Thought I could sit it inside the brow and use the brau to heat the liquid first, submersible pump in, lid on, spray ball to clean all around vessel.

    What temperature is the pump suitable for use up to?

    Currently I just blast the brau with my pressure washer.
     
  10. Snake Eyed

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    Posted 17/1/20
    Going into the 3rd day of waiting, when is that "engineer" calling me back?
     
  11. carbonbandit

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    Posted 18/1/20
    How are you connecting the G40 to the fermenter? Are you running glycol from the glycol inlet/outlet on the G40 or are you running it from the dump valve at the bottom of the G40 into an external pump plugged into a temperature controller?
    The pump in the glycol chiller is not powerful enough to cool a 1/2 BBL fermenter. It really needs to be run through an external pump which can turn on and off based on the temperature of the fermenter.

    Also what temperature are you setting the glycol chiller at? what is the temperature differential between the glycol chiller and the fermenter?

    The G40 will not work for cooling a fermenter if you are setting the glycol chiller at the fermentation temperature. It should really be set atleast 10-15 degrees lower than the fermenter set temperature.

    The fact that you could drop the G40 to 2C in 14 hours indicates the G40 is cooling correctly however there is something wrong either with your setup or your process.
     
  12. FarsideOfCrazy

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    Posted 18/1/20
    Could be something in the setup, but he did mention in his OP that it worked perfectly the first time he used it.
     
  13. carbonbandit

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    Posted 18/1/20
    I remember seeing a picture of him having it plumbed directly from the glycol chiller to the fermenter. Not sure where that image went or if I am imagining things.

    It may be that when he first used it that the ambient temp was close to his fermentation temperature. Not sure if this is the case.
     
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    Posted 18/1/20
    Kegland website you can chill a fermenter up to 400L without a jacket?
    It worked perfectly fine, even iced up lines and under the neoprene jacket.
    The thing has been set to minus 25⁰ the whole time.
    When I ran it through a coil instead of the fermenter, unit was set to minus 25, tank was at 23.5, glycol through coil was 24.7. It is not cooling.
    It should only take 16 hours to get to minus 10.
     
  15. carbonbandit

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    Posted 18/1/20
    Their website says it can cool that capacity if the fermenter is jacketed.

    Are you running it through your fermenter directly from the G40 or are you using an external pump connected to a temperature controller? This still hasn't been addressed.

    The time taken to get to minus 10 is dependent on the starting temperature of the glycol and also the heat flux into the G40. 16 hours to minus 10 may be while the unit is kept in a room temperature environment.

    When you say you ran it through a coil instead of the fermenter do you mean you completely disconnected the G40 from the fermenter and then measured what temperature the glycol was? If this is true then it isn't cooling as you suggest. Maybe shoot KegLand an email if this is the case and see if they can get the G40 back and get them to test the unit to see if it is cooling correctly. I am sure they can do this as this will be covered by warranty if that is the case.
     

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    Posted 18/1/20
    I am running it straight from the inlet and outlet, the hoses are insulated and run under the neoprene jacket. Last time I used it my lines to the fermenter Iced up like a flooded font. Now there isn't even condensation. I only got it in October, which was probably hotter than current temps.
    Yes, I disconnected the lines from the fermenter and ran them through a spare hermit coil, wad higher than the tank temp, done this whilst on the phone to kegland, was told they would call me back, that was Wednesday.
     
  17. carbonbandit

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    The pump in the G40 is not powerful enough to be running through the cooling coils of a 1/2 bbl fermenter.
    This sounds like to me that you are setting the temperature on the display of the G40 at your fermentation temperature (probably 18C). This is not what should be done.

    If you run it like this then the temperature of the glycol will be at whatever you have set the G40 to (likely 18C). This is not cold enough to cool wort at 25ish degrees.

    You should be running from the dump valve (towards the bottom) of the G40 to an external pump which is plugged into a temperature controller. You set the temp controller at the fermentation temperature which will turn the external pump on an off. You set the G40 at about 10C.

    They may not have got back to you yet as they may be very busy. Be patient.
     
  18. carbonbandit

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    Posted 18/1/20
    I believe it is around 30kg from memory. But someone from KegLand should know the exact weight.
     
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    Posted 18/1/20
    @carbonbandit snake eyed mentions that the g40 has been set to minus 25. I know you're trying to help but make sure you read the post fully to understand what is going on.
     
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    Posted 18/1/20
    Oh yeah, sorry. Thanks for reminding me of that. Appears that the G40 isn't cooling properly then.

    Sounds like a valid warranty claim if that's the case. The engineer which was going to call Snake Eyed probably got buried in a heap of other work. I'm sure they'll get back to them as soon as they possibly can.
     
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