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Old 08-01-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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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.


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Old 08-01-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:16 PM   #3
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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

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #4
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Lager outside in the winter.

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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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.


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

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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.

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Old 08-02-2012, 12:54 AM   #8
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where's a good writeup on this ebay controller? i need lots of details, im not an electrical guru by any means

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

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Here.

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

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