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    Fermentation Chamber

    I haven't brewed beer since 2001. I used to brew fairly often. I did 10 gallon all grain batches. Generally a pale ale, but I would branch out from time to time.

    Doing 10 gallon batches was kind of a pain because I'd have to split the wort up into 2 fermenters.

    Apparently these 15 gallon plastic conicals are pretty popular anymore, and not to expensive, so I picked one up.

    But I needed a stand for it. In addition, it really helps if you can control the ambient temperature during fermentation. Too high a temp can cause off flavors to develop. so I built this box and lined it with styrofoam insulation. It has a couple of 4" vent holes cut into it. I will connect these vents with insulated ductwork to my 'keezer'.

    (A keezer is a chest freezer that is used to store kegged beer in. You use an external temperature control to keep the beer at serving temperature. Typically you remove the lid and make a wooden collar about 6 inches tall that goes around the top of the freezer. You use that collar to mount the taps to, so you don't have to drill holes in the freezer.)

    I'll use a thermostatically controlled pc fan to keep the fermentation chamber at my desired temperature.

    In theory, this will allow me to brew and ferment beer all year round now, even during the heat of summer. In winter I can use a small heat mat to keep the temperature up high enough for fermentation.

    Getting closer to being ready to brew again! Actually, I'll be brewing first thing in the morning...


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    Interesting setup. Ever tried brewing a Porter? My favorite type of beer.
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    I have never brewed beer, but I have drank one or two
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    Perhaps at Burning Wood you could give some lessons, I could easily be pushed over the edge to take up the hobby. My wife would prefer that I try doing wine, will have to see if there are enough similarities in equipment to do both.

    BTW, the chamber looks good. Looking forward to seeing it in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Interesting setup. Ever tried brewing a Porter? My favorite type of beer.
    I've brewed porters, stouts, fruit beers, pale ales, 'lawn mowing' beer, oktoberfests, mead, cider, and probably a bunch of others I can't really remember. Going all grain really pushed the quality of the beer up several notches for me. Once I get the process down again, I'll probably branch out to other styles and do some smaller batches as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Perhaps at Burning Wood you could give some lessons, I could easily be pushed over the edge to take up the hobby. My wife would prefer that I try doing wine, will have to see if there are enough similarities in equipment to do both.

    BTW, the chamber looks good. Looking forward to seeing it in person.
    I'll have all the equipment there, so I certainly could do a demo. It's about the only thing I could do a demo on, with my sadly lacking woodworking skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    I have never brewed beer, but I have drank one or two
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    One of the things I'd like to try. So many want to do's and so little time!

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    Equipment cleaning is done.
    Test runs of pump and boilers and chillers and heat exchanger are done.
    Fermenter has been nuked with bleach. Verbal run through of all steps has been done.
    All that's left is to enjoy the rest of the day and wake up early and start grinding grain and to 'git-r-dun'!


    I think I will setup the timelapse camera for tomorrow, that should be a hoot.


    By this time tomorrow, I will be able to call myself a 'brewer' once again.
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    Do Brent, the cam is always cool to watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    By this time tomorrow, I will be able to call myself a 'brewer' once again.
    Sounds more like a mad scientist to me

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