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ApolloSpeed 07-31-2012 11:20 PM

good way to get into lagering on a budget?
 
looking for a good way to get into lagering on a budget?

Keeping fermentation down in the 50's as recommended without spending thousands on a walk-in freezer/frig.

I know you can put a johnson control on a frig, but alot of frigs have a hump bottom, and some wont even hold a 6 gallon carboy. Realistically, I'd like something that holds ATLEAST two 6 gallon carboys.


any ideas? :tank: :drunk:

Zen_Brew 07-31-2012 11:26 PM

Most kegerator fridges will hold at least two carboys. That is what I use. Chest freezers are also always for sale on Craigslist. Lastly you can put a raised bottom in a standard fridge to get around the hump. Build it up with bricks, or wood, or whatever and then put a shelf in the bottom at the height of the hump. I guarantee you most of us have not spent thousands on a lagering set-up.

ApolloSpeed 08-01-2012 04:16 PM

johnson control on a chest freezer.... yeah that probably is the best way to go huh? 200-400 on the freezer, and 100 on the control

Oter 08-01-2012 04:27 PM

Lager outside in the winter.

Revvy 08-01-2012 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ApolloSpeed (Post 4297469)
johnson control on a chest freezer.... yeah that probably is the best way to go huh? 200-400 on the freezer, and 100 on the control

Your temp controller doesn't need to cost 100, there's a ton of threads on here by those of us who wire up a 25 dollar ebay temp controller.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Oter (Post 4297504)
Lager outside in the winter.

Yep, I have a thread about that, Ugly junk 2012, Ghetto Lagering Chamber.

Oh it has my wiring for the ebay temp controller in thete.

ApolloSpeed 08-01-2012 09:36 PM

are there controllers you can buy like this that people have built? for the not electrically savy

Ravenshead 08-01-2012 11:31 PM

You can get an analog Johnson for about $65 but the DIY ebay are actually better and they really aren't that hard to rig up. You can save a good $30 and learn a new skill.

ApolloSpeed 08-01-2012 11:54 PM

where's a good writeup on this ebay controller? i need lots of details, im not an electrical guru by any means

beaksnbeer 08-02-2012 01:28 AM

Just search e-bay temp controller there are a ton complete with pics on how to super easy

Ravenshead 08-02-2012 01:32 AM

Here.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/


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