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Recomendations on heaters for warming FV's in cold Brewery?

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  • Recomendations on heaters for warming FV's in cold Brewery?

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if I could get the opinion of Breweries in colder climates on this one. Doe's anyone have a recommendation on a portable heater that could be plugged in beside and aimed at the cone on a conical FV to keep the fermenting beer temperature?

    We have some really cold winters in a really cold building without heating and I'm looking for something to making reaching temps for Diacetyl rests alot easier.

    Dave Woodward
    Head Brewer
    Tofino Brewing Co

  • #2
    Interesting, are the FV jacketed. It seems like a heater pointed at the cone wouldnt do much for you. Too much heat loss. Would be a nightmare to control temp too. Might be better off wrapping FV with tubing and circulating hot water at a given temp. Kinda like a reverse Glycol unit.


    • #3
      what I do in winter is leave my boiler on. it keeps the temp between 50-60. if not get space heaters and leave them in the fermentation room.


      • #4
        Our Brewery is a big warehouse industrial setup with everything in the same building for heating the building is not a option as it will simply rise up and away from the ground! I've had good luck with aiming a basic heater upwards at the cone and the heat convects from the cone into the fermenting beer. What I was wondering is if anyone knew of a efficient make of heater for this purpose as I'm sure we're not the only Brewery in a cold environment with this type of setup!


        • #5
          Interesting idea but being the FV's and CT's are on the same loop warming up the glycol could pose a problem for aging beers also not to mention taxing the glycol chilling system..


          • #6
            If you have your glycol in use through a heat exchanger simply turn off compressor, close other tanks in system and run hot water through heat exchanger with glycol on. Very efficient at heating glycol. I've used a couple of time when a solenoid has stuck open. I usually get the glycol up 20-30 degrees over the temp of the tank. You don't want to shock the yeast especially if you still have some sugar to ferment.

            David Schlosser
            Brewmaster / Founder
            Naked Dove Brewing Company
            Canandaigua, NY


            • #7
              Get the shrink wrap!

              Depending on your tank design, you can wrap your FV with shrink wrap and place a small space heater underneath it. I've done it with dish bottom FVs with good affect, but I haven't done it with a CCCV. Perhaps you could start wrapping up from the bottom and tent it slightly once you get up to the cylinder walls. That should help.