Ideas for removing the steam!

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Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby dbthedon » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:58 pm

After a brief discussion in another thread, i thought i'd ask for your guys input and solutions.

Currently i use a 3 foot piece of aluminium ducting attached to the hood of my BM 20l and point it out the door of my shed. Now although it works to some degree its neither totally effective not particularity elegant. How do you prevent condensation building up in your brew areas?
I've tried a bathroom extractor that was actually worse than useless as the steam hit the cold air and condensed on the blades.

Over to you guys!
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby big_o » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:37 pm

I was doing this with my 50L. Now I just have a fan on a stand pushing air over the top of the hood. Much better!
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby Erick » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:56 pm

Brew outside your house. :ugeek:
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby PerzellBrewing » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:33 pm

Second big-o
I use a fan that blows over the hood and pushes steam out the door. Works great.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby mashy » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:24 am

I make sure some air gets in. Either stand the hood on the stirrup or drill holes.*

I turn the pipe immediately so it runs down the side of the BM, along the floor and out of the door.

This makes sure nothing runs back.

I have a bathroom extractor mounted on a lump of wood that sits outside.

Condensation builds up in the pipe, when I clean down, I remove the fan & tip it out.

Not elegant. But works really well.

Extractor fans are built to deal with condensation so running wet isn't an issue.

I fancy a better solution but...
If the pipe doesn't run down you will get condensate running back.

If you had an wall mounted extraction hood it would get in the way of the mash tube.

*drilling holes stops boilovers.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby BarnBrian » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:29 pm

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I've been toying with getting one of these and attach it to a 90 degree elbow going to 100mm ducting. I'd wrap a cooling coil all the way up the cone and onto the elbow and run cold water from my maxi 210 through it. Get one of those ring cake tins ( I think they're called Savarin tins) and attach a drain tube to it. Sit the tin on top to the dome lid, sit the cone onto the tin so that any condensate will run down the inside of the cone and into the tin rather than back into the BM. It would need some insulating spacers under that tin.
The OD of the cone is 125mm, there are quite a few available, just google conical flue.
Any thoughts.

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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby mashy » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:17 pm

Are you aiming to trap all the condensate before the fan?
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby BarnBrian » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:36 pm

That was my thinking. I'm also thinking along the lines of your setup, but with insulation on dome lid and ducting so that condensation doesn't form until it's only going to drain towards the extractor fan.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby mashy » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:38 am

I am with you now.

No need to insulate IMO once it gets hot is not a issue. I little dribble is not an issue.

Turning the hose ASAP is important. Will post a pick of my latest. It will give you some more ideas.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby Ger » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:17 pm

I am also trying to deal with the steam/condensation issue

I am looking at a US company that seems to have a potential solution... Stout Tanks & Kettles... they make the stout condensation stack...

https://conical-fermenter.com/images/D/ ... bbl%29.jpg

Not sure if the pic will display...

I would fix onto the domed braumeister lid... and on the condensation stack end I would attach some ducting... I would hope that the slope of the stack would prevent run back to my braumeister.. and that it would do what it says it can and collect condensed water in the trap... but physics wasn't my best subject at school.

Anybody any thoughts?
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby IPA » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:45 pm

This is how I do it.

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It works fine.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:44 pm

I use a pot lid with large holes in the centre and a fan blowing over the top and out of the garage door.
To brew or not to brew, that would be a stupid question !
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby mashy » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:22 am

I connect my hose to the hood and then run it run it down to the floor and

Don't over-think this.

Don't raise the pipe up. Drop it down. Condensate water cannot run up hill.


I am sure there is a photo of this in "fast beer" PDF.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby mashy » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:28 am


I am looking at a US company that seems to have a potential solution... Stout Tanks & Kettles... they make the stout condensation stack...


You don't need this. Just connect the hose to the BM hood.

This really is the easiest mod you could do to a BM. I have spent money learning about BM extractors. Simple works best.
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Re: Ideas for removing the steam!

Unread postby Ger » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:51 am

I think your right Mashy.. overthinking it a bit.

What type of flexible ducting do you use?
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