Thankyou Roach ,
Much appeciated when someone has a find , informs all the members , and then posts follow-up with pictures.
Well done and thanks , I am off to check K-Mart in Karratha tomorrow......mmmm
sure they'll have them ! <_<
will be brewing my first koelsch 2morow and use the kmart cooler as a fermentation chiller. Temp will be 23 here in Adel on Sunday rising to mid 30s by the end of the week, so should be a good test. hopefully keep the ferm temp at 17 or below.
i have one of those wider coopers fermenters and whilst they fit - there is little room for milk bottles on the side - plenty of room on the top tho, given they are shorter than the standard fermenter as pictured above.
thought i would provide some feedback on the performance of the cooler.
After brewing I placed a fermenter of koelsch(using 1007 german ale yeast) in the cooler on 19 December at 15c. Used 4 x 1.25l forzen bottles around the side, and the fermenter has a small two piece air lock(the large one or s bend airlock would not fit).
Closed up the cooler and initially the temp dropped to 10. Took the fermenter out to warm to 16, the yeast then kicked in, chucked it back in the cooler with the ice bottles.
Temp has remained at 15-16c whilst ferment is active, changed bottles morning and night. The fermenter has been inside where the ambient temp has been around 25.
Conclusion - great cooler for maintaining temps in the mid teens - so perfect for ales, koelsch, wheats etc
Intend using it next as a portable cooler for my 3 gall keg for takeways
I'm not having quit as good luck as you with the coolers, however with ambient temps over 30, a beer temp of 22C i guess is doing OK. I started at 16C each, but they've gradually raised in temp despite all the ice bottles.