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PostLink    Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Vortex fans Reply with quote


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Howdy everyone,

Been checking out this forum on and off for a couple of years now as lurker (great stuff by the way), but this is my first post. I was wondering if any of you had input on the Vortex line of fans that Kal recommends in his Ventilation section. I'm trying to decide between the VTX600 (6" ductwork) or the newer Vortex S-Line 6-Inch fan. I've already run the external ductwork so I'm locked into 6 inches in that regard, but I haven't purchased a fan yet. This will be used in the traditional electric basement brewery fashion - to vent moisture.

I like the look, mount-ability, and potentially quieter operation of the S-Line, but the VTX600 pushes more CFM (452 vs 347) and seems to be a proven workhorse around here. As of right now, I'm working with about 4500W for my maximum heating power in the brewery so, according the the calculations on Kal's ventilation page, either fan would technically be adequate. Just looking for a little feedback from folks who have either or both of these fans before making a purchase. Any info. is appreciated.

Thanks for taking time to read through this and happy brewing.
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PostLink    Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum!

Over the years some have commented on the newer S-Line. General consensus seems to be that it's quieter. The CFM difference doesn't actually amount to much difference in real world use. More info here: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/Vortex-VTX600-6-Powerfan-452-CFM

Good luck!

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought the S-line 600 2 years ago and I still have no regret! It is very quiet an effective, but as with other fan you need to make sure that there some air coming in for max efficiency (my ebrew setup is located in the garage so I just crack open a window).

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have the s-line 600 with no regrets. Only complaint I have which others have stated with this model is the condensation. I'm not sure if it is because of the slightly lower CFM's or something else. I added a drip rail so it's not really an issue.
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Link to the 6" S-line in case anyone wants to support our forum!:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EIRU2YU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?pf_rd_p=8778bc68-27e7-403f-8460-de48b6e788fb&pd_rd_wg=kj4X9&pf_rd_r=RZSNM8EJ2XKJJDRRNF3M&pd_rd_i=B00EIRU2YU&pd_rd_w=E0rD1&pd_rd_r=89e071d3-d0cb-45bb-84b3-dbbe16072350&ie=UTF8&qid=1546531871&sr=2&linkCode=ll1&tag=theelectricbrewery-20&linkId=986d89c160df2c38cd781a07d9058978&language=en_US

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PostLink    Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=329595#329595

Don't know if this is still for sale or not but worth asking if you're in the market for one.

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what kind of condensation issues are people running into with this rig? Condensation on the hood, or in the unit itself? I know in Kal's write-up on the regular Vortex he mentions leaving a drain hole in the bottom of the unit. Are y'all doing that with the S-Line?

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PostLink    Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is condensation in the hood. I've got my louvers sloped a bit so the water runs to a drip rail and not back in my wort. So not really an issue for me.
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