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cowofwar
Jul 30, 2002

by Athanatos


So I've been home brewing ales and I'd like to do a pilser but this requires holding the fermenter temperature at around 10C.

Anyone homebrew with some sort of cheap cooling set up?

The strategies I've found so far are as follows:
1. Buy a chest freezer/fridge and hook it up to a thermostat.
2. Put it in a foam box with two chambers, one for the fermenter and one for a pile of ice, the chambers are connected by a fan hooked up to a thermostat on the fermenter side (evaporative cooling).
3. Put it in a plastic tub and throw ice in to it periodically.

I don't want to spend $300 to save $20 on beer.

I was thinking the cheapest method might be to frame a chest freezer sized box with scrap wood, add insulating foam walls to form two chambers, then put a bucket of ice and water in the one chamber and the fermenter in a second bucket of water in the other chamber. Move the water between chambers as needed using a pond water pump hooked up to a thermostat.

cowofwar fucked around with this message at 02:04 on Apr 12, 2016

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DreadLlama
Jul 15, 2005
Not just for breakfast anymore

If you don't pay for utilities, why not run a wort chiller for a week?

babyeatingpsychopath
Oct 28, 2000
Forum Veteran

I went with option #1. $40 Craigslist freezer and $30 of components from Amazon and I was done. If you're near a college town, head on down to the dorms area about move-out time and there will be mini-fridges and stuff just sitting on/by the trash, or sale for super-cheap.

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