Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by NZChris » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:40 pm

Active yeast will always help. It's when you don't have a very active ferment that you can get caught out.

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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by jonnys_spirit » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:32 am

An insulation jacket around the fermenter helps a ton and i find that for example, packing blankets on top really go a long way to preventing heat loss. I’d recommend taking some measurements with the insulation too.

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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by Durhommer » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:22 am

I ferment in 30 gallon blue barrels and am wondering aquarium heater or house insulation wrapped around the barrel
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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by The Baker » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:37 am

In cold weather I sit the fermenters on something insulating them from the cold floor.
And tuck them in old blankets.

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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by Durhommer » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:38 am

I have mine up on a wire spool to siphon easily and wrapped in blankets my basement is just so cold
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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by Grappa-Gringo » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:03 am

Don't know if this fits into this thread, but I'll throw my two bits in.... I've done the aquarium heater in a 5 gallon pail as a heater... it was OK... I did it that way quite a few times. Last week's wash was a sugar wash, and I did the following. Inverted a 2.5 gallon pail, cut a hole in the bottom of it, and threaded a light through it... balanced it nicely on the top of the wash -- kind of like a lampshade.... Worked like a dream! Next weekend will run it through the still.....
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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by Deplorable » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:50 am

Durhommer wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:22 am
I ferment in 30 gallon blue barrels and am wondering aquarium heater or house insulation wrapped around the barrel
My Brute is wrapped in 2 layers of Reflectix, and a surplus army banket around that. A 2nd wool blanket is folded in fourths over the lid. A single seed germination mat taped to the side and hooked in an inkbird has been effective at maintaining the temp of this mash once it got past the initial heat from the yeast activity.
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Re: Aquarium heaters - yeast stress with direct wash contact?

Post by Durhommer » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:16 am

Thanks for the info
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