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New brewery in the works

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The time has come. We’re starting to run into the limitations of our current brewing setup, namely temperature control and exposure of the beer to air (which is usually bad). MNB has had a preliminary planning session for what will become our pilot brewery ? and most likely the same brewery that we will use to try out recipes once we open our REAL brewery. One of the things we’re looking into is more control over the temperatures of our fermenting beers.

Since we want to keep the beers in Jeff’s garage (I don’t think Hannah wants them in the bedroom), we need a way to both cool and heat them. We have looked into using hot and cold plates to heat/cool water in copper tubing which we would wrap around stainless steel fermenters, but we’re starting to think that this might be more trouble than it’s worth.

Now we’re looking into building insulated boxes with both cooling and heating elements inside. A few of our favorite setups are 1) this glycol-powered fermentation chamber, 2) this chamber complete with a heat lamp and 3) (because we can dream) this $1700 heated/cooled stainless steel conical fermenter. At this point we’ll probably go with something more like (1), but with the heating capabilities of (2).

If you have any ideas or suggestions, let us know. We’ll keep you updated as our thinking progresses. Not that you care.

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  1. I built an insulated box for cooling that was relatively cheap and cooled with ice. You use 2 liters and swap them out every so often. I used it in Texas when I decided running the AC all day was too expensive. It worked great. Here are instructions: https://home.elp.rr.com/brewbeer/chiller/chiller.PDF

    For heating I use a neoprene carboy cover and a strip of de-icing tape. I have a probe that goes into the carboy to measure the temp and a controller to turn the power on and off. It was enough to ferment during the cold weather in Wisconsin.

    Drop me an email if you want more info. Not exactly the most professional methods but very effective. Glycol chillers are expensive, require maintenance, and use a decent amount of electricity. You might as well use a refrigerator and a temp controller.

    Just my 2 cents.

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