Wrap Up To Stay Cool
Whether you are wine making, distilling, or brewing, temperature control during the fermentation stage is crucial. Keeping fermentation chambers within specified temperature zones ensures ideal flavors, colors, aromas and alcohol levels in your drinks.
Fermentation containers come in all shapes and sizes: from massive steel chambers, to medium conical fermenters, all the way down to small car-boy fermenters for small batches and home brewing.
The methods of cooling these chambers are as varied as the fermentation containers themselves. These chilling methods can be approached from two directions: inside or outside.
Cooling From The Inside
Some fermentation chillers involve inserting a cooling rod or coil down into your fermenting liquid. These devices then cool the liquid through direct contact. Cooling a fermentation container from the inside comes with added risks. Anytime a tool or device is inserted into your fermenting liquid, you risk exposure to unwanted microorganisms (such as wild yeasts) that can alter flavors, as well as bacteria, potentially tainting your drink. Opening a fermentation chamber to insert cooling devices also increases the change of oxidization spoilage.
Using this cooling method also greatly decreases the chilling efficiency. Fermentation liquid is exposed to a much smaller cooling surface area, leading it to not cool as effectively, especially for medium to large batches. This also increases the risk of hot and cool spots in the fermenting liquid, making it harder for the yeast to finish the fermentation process.
Cooling From The Outside
Chilling fermentation chambers from the outside is the most effective method. No matter the diameter of your fermenting container, the outside surface area will always be greater than cooling from the inside. Putting the chilling source in direct contact with the fermentation container will produce the best results due to uniform thermal flow from the container to the chiller. As fermenters come in all shapes and sizes, cooling sources should be as flexible as possible to ensure complete contact with the container.
North Slope Chilling Solutions
Fermentation cooling jackets that completely wrap around your fermenter will give you the most direct cooling contact. Insulated Fluxwrap jackets from North Slope Chillers have multiple channels of cooling liquid evenly distributed around your fermentation chamber. Their adjustable temperature range will eliminate hot or cold spots and keep your yeast happy and fermenting. Fluxwrap is easy to install without opening your fermenting container and flexibly fits a wide variety of container shapes and sizes.
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