Return to TheElectricBrewery.com
Home ]   [ Products ]   [ Recipes ]   [ Testimonials ]   [ Gallery ]   [ FAQ ]   [ What's New ]   [ About / Contact  ]   [ Newsletter ]

Log inLog in   RegisterRegister   User Control PanelUser Control Panel   Private MessagesPrivate Messages   MembershipClub Memberships   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   Photo AlbumsPhoto Albums   Forum FAQForum FAQ

Anyone cold crash successfully without a chiller?

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic   Printer-friendly view    TheElectricBrewery.com Forum Index -> Packaging & Serving
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
USMChueston0311



Joined: 20 Aug 2018
Posts: 25



PostLink    Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:50 pm    Post subject: Anyone cold crash successfully without a chiller? Reply with quote


        Register to remove this ad. It's free!
Has anyone successfully cold crashed their conical (spike cf15) with 10 gallon batch down to cold crash temps using just a water/glycol resevoir in a mini-fridge? I think that the heat transfer will warm the cooling source up to much after it passes through the beer continuously.

Has anyone had success doing this? By rotating cold buckets from a different fridge, adding ice packs, bottles ETC?
Have 2 weeks to figure out how to get cold crashing temps so that I can carbonate in keg...
Back to top
perogi



Joined: 12 Feb 2012
Posts: 812
Location: NH

Drinking: Perogi Pale, NEIPA, Nutter's Crossing Nut Brown Ale, What the helles a kolsch?

Working on: More Perogi Pale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Clone


PostLink    Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it would work very well using a refrigerator - the videos I've seen use a freezer at low temperatures.

If you're trying to save some money I definitely recommend using an old (but working) AC unit and cooler to build your own glycol chiller. I finished mine about a month ago and it rocks.
Back to top
kal
Forum Administrator


Joined: 12 Dec 2010
Posts: 9310
Location: Ottawa, Canada

Drinking: German Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, English IPA, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter, Saison

Working on: Kölsch


PostLink    Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For what it's worth, I suggest a simplified approach: Only cold crash once you're in the keg on CO2. That's what I do.

Kal

_________________
Purchasing through our affiliate links helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you!
My basement/bar/brewery build 2.0
Back to top
View user's photo album (21 photos)
perogi



Joined: 12 Feb 2012
Posts: 812
Location: NH

Drinking: Perogi Pale, NEIPA, Nutter's Crossing Nut Brown Ale, What the helles a kolsch?

Working on: More Perogi Pale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Clone


PostLink    Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ Kal as usual has the simplest and proven solution Wink
Back to top
USMChueston0311



Joined: 20 Aug 2018
Posts: 25



PostLink    Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kal wrote:
For what it's worth, I suggest a simplified approach: Only cold crash once you're in the keg on CO2. That's what I do.

Kal


Cold crash in the keg, when you start to carbonate?

Was hoping to be able to carbonate and crash in fermenter, but I dont think that will be able to hapen with 30 degree resevoir temps in fridge.
Back to top
kal
Forum Administrator


Joined: 12 Dec 2010
Posts: 9310
Location: Ottawa, Canada

Drinking: German Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, English IPA, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter, Saison

Working on: Kölsch


PostLink    Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

USMChueston0311 wrote:
Cold crash in the keg, when you start to carbonate?

Correct.

Quote:
Was hoping to be able to carbonate and crash in fermenter, but I dont think that will be able to hapen with 30 degree resevoir temps in fridge.

You can certainly do that, and that's one of the benefit of a unitank, but if you don't have the means to do it simply you have to ask what are you really simplifying? Completely up to you of course.

Kal

_________________
Purchasing through our affiliate links helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you!
My basement/bar/brewery build 2.0
Back to top
View user's photo album (21 photos)
Ozarks Mountain Brew



Joined: 22 May 2013
Posts: 684
Location: The Ozark Mountains of Missouri


PostLink    Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you probably don't have a fridge big enough but for small batches this works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIs1cQ0YwHM

_________________
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
Drinking Celebration Ipa, Ozarks-Festbier
What's Fermenting - Ozarks Amber Bock
What's next or Brewing - Ozarks Vienna Lager
Back to top
USMChueston0311



Joined: 20 Aug 2018
Posts: 25



PostLink    Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah my cf15 is a BIG conical. Even without the leg extensions, I dont think it would fit in a normal fridge. I will just crash/carb in keg, and save up for a 1/2HP penguin glycol chiller next. Then I can fully take advantage of what all my unitank can do.
Back to top
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic   Printer-friendly view    TheElectricBrewery.com Forum Index -> Packaging & Serving All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Support our site by purchasing through this link. We thank you!

Forum powered by phpBB © phpBB Group