Its Finished! The dual heated/cooled conical project!

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Its Finished! The dual heated/cooled conical project!

Postby yeastmeister » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:34 pm

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:
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Postby triple-oh_six » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:56 pm

Nice, hopefully I can see it in person soon.
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Postby yeastmeister » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:04 pm

Added some legs to the shorter one.
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Postby aleguy » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:19 am

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.
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Postby yeastmeister » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:41 pm

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.
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Postby aleguy » Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:01 am

Yeah, and I have seen it get bumped by a large dog too. Very stable.
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Postby positiverpr » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:17 pm

hoping to have one of morebeer's new conicals soon. until then, i'll lust after yours.
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Postby jimmiec » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:45 pm

Has anyone tried with with glass carboys and could plastic tubing be use instead of copper?
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Postby redtail28 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:16 am

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
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Postby thebuddrik » Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:54 pm

There is a guy on homebrewtalk that has been working in an aluminum coil for carboys that works like the Brewhemoth chillers. Just saying.
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Postby yeastmeister » Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:43 pm

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.
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Postby jimmiec » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:01 am

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.
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Postby aleguy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:04 am

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.
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