Archive for October, 2013

Freezer for Temperature Control Part II

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

running electric for feezer

Back in August I picked up a used freezer that I had plans on using for temperature controlled fermentation. The problem that I was facing: it sits at the opposite end of an unfinished basement from the electric panel. No current for juice.

Running conduit and wire has been something I had done in the past. That didn’t worry me. I had two empty 20 amp circuit breakers in the panel (remnants of a salt water tank), half the conduit already hung (once again from the salt water tank) and I had two spools of 12 gauge wire. I even had all the necessary connectors, plates, etc.

What was the issue? I didn’t have a pipe bender.

Time for a phone call to my Dad, the man with all the tools (and basically the one that has given my tools for my birthday every year for the past 20, but no bender). I convinced that my birthday gift would be him coming over with the pipe bender to spend some quality time in the basement, wiring up my fermentation freezer.

After three hours of work my freezer was plugged in, cooling away. Next up: temperature control for the freezer. Cleaning the house one weekend will probably be the edge I need to convince the wife I “need” such a device. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: 160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world’s widest road.

Vacuum Food Sealer

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Time to save the hops!

Time to save the hops!

I chronicled my discovering in which I determined I was oxygenating my hops over the past few years, ruining some glorious leaf and pellet hops. Since then, I have been talking to my friends to determine how they keep their hops from going bad. Vacuum food sealer came out many times in those conversations.

Obviously I needed a vacuum sealer and those “special” bags. Friends offered up their advice, pointing to 6″ by 10″ bags. They may easily be cut in half, storing an ounce or more of hops in each half. This means that a full pound of hops is able to fit into eight bags, allow for nine pounds of hops per box of bags. Not bad for $16.

Using the machine is much easier than I thought, especially when used with the appropriate bags, mentioned above. I plan on getting a bunch of use out of this item over my home brewing career. Enjoy!

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