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Its Finished! The dual heated/cooled conical project!

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:34 pm
by yeastmeister
Many have seen this in progress, or heard of its existance, but here it is, finished and all working.

One custom made 18 gallon conical, one 12.5 gallon MoreBeer professional series conical. Glycol chilled, and electrically heated. Can hold the temperature to within 0.2F of set temp.

This is a combined project between me and Zeeboz. We proudly present:
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Full build:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeastmeister/sets/72157615372400032/

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:56 pm
by triple-oh_six
Nice, hopefully I can see it in person soon.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:04 pm
by yeastmeister
Added some legs to the shorter one.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:19 am
by aleguy
I'm hopeful that a large dog never bumps it and sends it crashing over. The height makes it more user friendly but it looks less stable now.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:41 pm
by yeastmeister
Nah, actually, its more stable now. Previously, it had casters that made it very unstable. Now its rock solid, notice the circular weight distributors screwed to the bottom of the legs.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:01 am
by aleguy
Yeah, and I have seen it get bumped by a large dog too. Very stable.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:17 pm
by positiverpr
hoping to have one of morebeer's new conicals soon. until then, i'll lust after yours.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:45 pm
by jimmiec
Has anyone tried with with glass carboys and could plastic tubing be use instead of copper?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:16 am
by redtail28
I think it would work good. I had that same idea a couple of years
ago. My mom had knee surgery and they sent her home
with a ice chest with a small pump that would currculate ice
water though plastic tubing. can't see why you cant rap tubing
around carboy just insulate really good

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:54 pm
by thebuddrik
There is a guy on homebrewtalk that has been working in an aluminum coil for carboys that works like the Brewhemoth chillers. Just saying.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:43 pm
by yeastmeister
I believe plastic is an insulator, thats why its used in ice chest. The idea behind the coil is that it transfers heat between itself and the conical efficiently. Not sure plastic will do that.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:01 am
by jimmiec
Once Aleguy and I get the brew stand in better shape, I'm thinking of building one of these for 2 or 4 carboys or a 2 chamber brew cabinet / closet.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:04 am
by aleguy
The thermal transfer of plastics vary considerably. but the main insulation in most picnic coolers is open-cell polyurethane foam. the plastic itself is just there to hold the shape. I guess you don't remember the old metal Coleman coolers.
Those things were great! They had a latch that held the cooler closed even if it fell off a cliff. They all eventually rusted out though. I guess that's the main reason coolers use plastic. It doesn't rust.