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Old 06-18-2006, 05:25 PM   #1
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I am thinking about finishing my basement. Of course, the first concern is where to put the bar.

I've been thinking, though, would it be difficult to build a walk in cooler? I'm thinking about a 6X6 or 8X8 room with taps on the outside.

Has anyone else done this? I found a link at the link below where someone did it, but I am interested to know if anyone here has done one.

http://www.brewrats.org/walkin.cfm

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Old 06-18-2006, 06:14 PM   #2
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I haven't made one, but I wouldn't mind doing so. I like the tinkering and brewing aspects of this hobby, as much as the drinking. If not more so.

From your link:

"Well now the damn thing was done. Now how do I chill the thing? I am currently using an 8,000 BTU window AC unit that I adjusted the thermostat on. The Walk in has been holding steady at temps between 38-40f."



He is getting those low temps with a window AC unit? Cool!

I wonder how he adjusted the thermostat? I guess you could always secure the thermocouple to a light bulb to keep it warm... lol


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I've seen that link before and have also thought about building a walk in, as a matter of fact, I've been given the green light by my wife. Now I just need to figure out where it will go. The original spot I was thinking of using was a closet that had been plumbed for pool equipment, but now we're talking about getting a pool so we'll probably need that closet. We are redoing our home after hurricane Katrina devestated it, so sky's the limit on improvements. The refrigeration unit has been my stopping point each time I go down this road. I'm worried about expense and electrial requirements.

The guy in the link uses his basement in Chicago that he states stays around 52 degrees year round without cooling. That's why he was able to modify an old window A/C unit to chill the last bit down to what he wanted.

I'd be interested to see if there are any tricks or pitfalls to watch our for.

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I had some concern about the A/C unit freezing up in the winter. I would assume you'd have to have it mounted to the outside, wouldn't you?

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These may or may not help. Found them while looking to see if anybody else had built their own walk in and posted instructions.

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/612F777D-90B9-4CB1-B710-F9F8E0DAD898/13502/36012TempWalkInRefrigerator.pdf

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http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/departments/Biological_Ag_Engineering/Building_Plans/food/cooler/Two+Temperature+Walkin+Refrigerator.htm

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very nice drost. I like the tap set up. How far from the kegs to the taps? And does the beer in the lines get worm between glasses?

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Hi Beermaker...it's not my setup, I'm just wanting to do something similar and was wondering if anyone else had actually done it. I couldn't find the author's name on the site, so I can't contact him directly.

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Thanks for the link...it's pretty detailed!
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I didn't bother making one, I bought a house that already had one. Much easier that way

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I helped a guy build one a couple years ago for a bar - just framed up a room and insulated the crap out of it. He had an industrial a/c unit mounted on the roof of the building to blow air into the room. I'm sure the same concept with a window a/c unit would work just fine on a smaller scale. How cool would that be to tell your friends to grab a beer out of the "fridge"?



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