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rplace wrote:From your brew space to your conical space do you have any steps or other humps/bumps to navigate? If no can you put the conical in an upright freezer with temp control and put the freezer on casters.
Backyard Brewer wrote:I've chilled my fermenters with glycol but used a window A/C unit to power the chiller. A fridge just doesn't have enough BTU's to keep up, especially without direct contact between your glycol and the cold plate in the fridge. The "bucket in a fridge" model will work, just not very efficiently.
With the system I put together, I can pump 90* wort into my conicals and pull it down to 65* in about 15-20 minutes. With ground water temps what they are right now, it takes a lot longer to get those extra 25* off the wort using my wort chiller.
Anyway, I've had this running for over 2 years now and I'm very happy with it. I'd build it a little differently now though. I'd slot the cooler so you could drop the evaporator coil in it without bending or compromising the evap, then repair the slot with expanding foam and silicone.
You can read about the whole thing here.
blankaBrew wrote:WOW. That is exactly what I was thinking of doing! Great job. However, it seems more complicated than I thought at first. How easy was it to wrap the copper tubing around the conical? Did you have kinking problems?
I also kinda don't know what the hell you did with the disassembly of that a/c unit. But I want to learn. Very professional job.
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