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A $25 cooler just isn't cool on any level, now if he poked a tap through a YETI that might be a little "cooler"

Get it "cooler" HA HA!!

JAVA,

I just pulled the trigger on 360AH LIFEPO4 lithium cells with a SMART 123 BMS and all new MAGNUM electronics, pure sine inverter, 100 amp charger, MPPT control, SOC meter, Advanced remote, and AGS along with 4-250 watt 42 volt solar panels wired two strings of 2 in series so 84 volts to the MPPT, residential refrig no generator solar only?? we will see.:smokin::smokin:
Damn big baller! There is a local guy with a box truck, he has 900w IIRC and runs a 10k btu AC unit wo/ any issues.
 

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Another fun weekend in the woods!









Electric chainsaw is pretty slick so far. Quiet and no stink.





Went and climbed some rocks. There is a little child in the pic :D





It will fit.....







Cameras sure flatten everything out....





Made it





Not sure that's going to wash off...... Lots of branches....

 

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Not sure if you've had much experience with mobile beer/jockey boxes, but I can never get it to the point of non-foaming. I hear you should run like 30psi to keep the gas in solution but I dunno...it never works out for me... I have 2 jockey boxes (25' and a 50' 3/16 SS coil in a cooler of ice), and keeping the keg as cool as possible is your best bet. I hear cold plates like yours can be even tougher to manage. Let me know how it works out!
 

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Not sure if you've had much experience with mobile beer/jockey boxes, but I can never get it to the point of non-foaming. I hear you should run like 30psi to keep the gas in solution but I dunno...it never works out for me... I have 2 jockey boxes (25' and a 50' 3/16 SS coil in a cooler of ice), and keeping the keg as cool as possible is your best bet. I hear cold plates like yours can be even tougher to manage. Let me know how it works out!
I have heard all the horror stories too. I will find out next weekend! So far in my garage at ambient temps (the keg was 67 yesterday) it was working just fine at 15psi. I was getting ~1.5" of foam in a 16oz glass. Acceptable I think. Its supposed to be 75+ this weekend though, thats going to be a lot harder to cool I think.
 

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I always have them out in the sun places, hard to keep them cool, and found putting them in a cooler with a little ice at the bottom, keeping them shaded and running about 15psi worked alright, but the pre-cooled kegs was the key. Or somehow maybe getting a longer coil in contact with ice. Either way, solid mod haha
 

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Yeah I should be able to tuck it under the truck in the shade. Left a good long beer line. I will report back how it works!
 

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Idk if you're planning leaving food or blocks of ice in there, but it seems like the liquid flowing through would outstrip the cooling capacity of the fridge unless it had some way of storing thermal energy besides the air inside

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I just pulled the trigger on 360AH LIFEPO4 lithium cells with a SMART 123 BMS and all new MAGNUM electronics, pure sine inverter, 100 amp charger, MPPT control, SOC meter, Advanced remote, and AGS along with 4-250 watt 42 volt solar panels wired two strings of 2 in series so 84 volts to the MPPT, residential refrig no generator solar only?? we will see.:smokin::smokin:
Build thread on this?
 

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Maybe have the spray foam guy coat the keg and use peltier/TEC modules to cool it?
Peltier are ungodly ineffective..... Interesting thought tho

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Build thread on this?
I have to finish the new roof first and then might post something on RV.NET in the truck camper section, not sure too many here would be into it.
 

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I believe these use peltier chips to cool beer to 35 or so below ambient, and a good amount of people use them from what I hear, but I don't have the cash for them...

https://www.morebeer.com/products/morebeer-temperature-controlled-conical-fermenter-75-gal.html
Those are cool, but not really coolers per say. From the add: "it can get to and hold lager fermentation temperatures of 48-52 Fahrenheit all the way up to ambient temperatures of 80 Fahrenheit."

Im not drinking 50 degree beer :flipoff2:
 

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Those are cool, but not really coolers per say. From the add: "it can get to and hold lager fermentation temperatures of 48-52 Fahrenheit all the way up to ambient temperatures of 80 Fahrenheit."

Im not drinking 50 degree beer :flipoff2:
I was just piggybacking off of the past comment that I assume to be for pre-cooling the keg. definitely not serving temp, and not something I think is worth the hassle, just saying i was surprised to see how effective they were for fermentation. I use a whole chest freezer to keep mine at temp
 

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I was just piggybacking off of the past comment that I assume to be for pre-cooling the keg. definitely not serving temp, and not something I think is worth the hassle, just saying i was surprised to see how effective they were for fermentation. I use a whole chest freezer to keep mine at temp
Yeah Its cool the new stuff they are coming up with! I have zero time for brewing any more sadly....

More little project trying to get wrapped up before the NWOR.

Old water pump, LOUD, from a 20 year old RV, free from my garage during the initial build.


New water pump, sold as "quiet" still a diaphragm pump, I was worried it would be similar loud. It was not free, it IS QUIET! But the water pulses a bit, may look into an accumulator tank eventually, but my god its so much QUIETER! (yes its crooked, no I dont care right now.... I was not making new flex lines.)


Tidied up the wiring that has been flopping since forever?


Two things crossed off the list. More tonight hopefully, rain permitting.....
 

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I thought Shurflow pumps (looks like that was your original) were supposed to be quiet. Which one did you install?

What water heater did you go with? Was going through old posts in this thread and must have missed the make/model.
 

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I thought Shurflow pumps (looks like that was your original) were supposed to be quiet. Which one did you install?

What water heater did you go with? Was going through old posts in this thread and must have missed the make/model.
It was loud and bangy, maybe just due to age?

I went with this pump https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073JNVK2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=java23000-20&linkId=2f91022691c18cdf795e2891c50b14ae&language=en_US

Water heater is a Suburban IW60. BUT I would probably do something different doing it again. Its great for the outdoor shower, but not so much for just a quick hand wash. It takes 15-20 seconds of good flow to get hot water. And the sink faucet is literally 2' above the heater. I was trying to get a Truma Combi unit, but there were no north american dealers at the time.

OR run a recirc line back to my water tank, this could also allow you to heat the tank a bit for freezing. I may do that eventually, but I didn't plan for it so its going to be a PITA.
 

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It was loud and bangy, maybe just due to age?

I went with this pump https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0073JNVK2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=java23000-20&linkId=2f91022691c18cdf795e2891c50b14ae&language=en_US

Water heater is a Suburban IW60. BUT I would probably do something different doing it again. Its great for the outdoor shower, but not so much for just a quick hand wash. It takes 15-20 seconds of good flow to get hot water. And the sink faucet is literally 2' above the heater. I was trying to get a Truma Combi unit, but there were no north american dealers at the time.

OR run a recirc line back to my water tank, this could also allow you to heat the tank a bit for freezing. I may do that eventually, but I didn't plan for it so its going to be a PITA.
Got it, thank you. You'd go with the truma because it'd prevent you from having the webasto and a water heater? None of the dozen dealers I've looked at through Truma's site list a price. I found a price on ebay, looks like those things start at $2500. That's $$$.

Would a traditional 6-10gal water heater not suffice?
 

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Got it, thank you. You'd go with the truma because it'd prevent you from having the webasto and a water heater? None of the dozen dealers I've looked at through Truma's site list a price. I found a price on ebay, looks like those things start at $2500. That's $$$.

Would a traditional 6-10gal water heater not suffice?
Exactly, Winnebago (IIRc that's who it was, saw them in a couple of sprinter conversions) has been using them for a couple years now. Yes not a cheap option by any means, but small.

Traditional water heater is fine, BUT susceptible to freezing, that's why I was trying to stay away from them. Also not very efficient.
 
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