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  1. brewmer

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    Hi everyone
    ive been lurking here for along time and have just brewed my first all grain belgian after alot of kit brews i finaly made the transition to AG, the calculators seemed to work out great for my first mash and hit my target temps spot on, the tun lost 1 degree in 70 mins, everything went to plan, first time using my new 70 ltr stainless kettle and 45 ltr cooler tun my hlt is a 27 ltr digital brewferm boiler that i originally bought to try biab but thought it was too small so i bought more kit and made an imersion chiller from 20 meters of copper 10 mm pipe, it cools 40 ltrs in 16 minutes..
    all im waiting for now is a kegerator/keezer to hold my 4 cornys and maybe ill try a pils when i have temp control not sure weather to buy fridge or freezer (advice welcome on this)
    i have just asked sw water for a detailed water report..i'd like to try a guinnesss style dry stout but i may need some advive on how to change my water.. ill add some pics of my brewery soon when i have a brew stand and a march pump

    fist belgian in primary atm will update on how that goes just kegged my last kit brew...
    cheers all
    brewmer
     
  2. LarryBrewer

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    Welcome to the fold!

    That is an awesome shopping spree of brewing equipment! Glad your brew day went so well. :)

    As for a freezer vs a fridge, it depends. A fridge is fine if you just want to keep the beer cool at the same temperature. A freezer requires a temperature controller, mine is a dual stage which means it can heat and cool. That allows me to ferment ales and lagers at whatever temperature I want, year round. That does require putting a light bulb in a paint can as a heat source. I have a blog post coming on this.

    Lifting in and out of a freezer chest can also be hard on the lower back.

    Freezers tend to put off a lot of internal moisture, so I use a chemical dryer similar to damp rid. Otherwise, it will get moldy eventually.
     
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    Thanks Larry.
    I was thinking along the lines of an upright freezer and a temp controler as it would fit in my shed better, maybe i could get cornies in the bottom and a largering fermenter at the top..
     
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    if cost is an issue, Chest freezer is the choice, getting cheaper and cheaper these days and power consumption is better too, not sure about the UK but here $200 will get you what you want
     
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    We've chatted a bit on other threads.... Welcome aboard!
     

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