Thursday, August 18, 2011
The cascade has now grown up and across the arbor already putting out a fair amount of hops for a first year plant. The goldings has made it to the top but seems to be slowing down I am not expecting to get any hops this year from this one, maybe next year. The fuggles is a slow grower it just started putting out side shoots but it is very small at only 5 foot. The cascades should be ready to harvest in a week I am hoping to have a couple ounces after drying them. Goto My project shop to check out more home brewing projects.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Each chamber is controlled by its own temperature control that can heat or cool the chamber to maintain a constant temperature inside. The STC-1000 temperature controllers where purchased off of ebay for a reasonable price. The temperature controller for the first chamber controls a 4" inline exhaust that is linked between the fermentation chamber and my kezzer to pull cold air in, and a return to exhaust the air inside back to the kezzer. The heating is provided by a brewers belt. The second chamber gets its cold air by a computer fan controlled by the second temperature controller, the heat is provided by a reptile heating cable spread under the slide out drawers.
Over the past months I have brewed several ales with great results in this, but the big test was recently when I brewed my first lager. I was able to maintain 52F in the first chamber for the primary fermentation of the lager without any problems. In my book that was a great success and the improvement in my beer is very noticeable. Visit My project shop for more DIY projects.