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Old 02-20-2012, 07:52 PM   #101
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Well, since the weather has been cold these past few months I've been fermenting in my walk-in closet. Yeah...SWMBO has not been particularly thrilled with the glorious smell of fermentation! So, as the warm weather approaches I've been planning out a fermentation chamber build for the garage. I've got a nice workbench that seemed like the perfect place.



I fitted the fridge in the left hand side, firmly situated against the 2x4 frame of the shelf behind it.


Next step: add some framing on the floor and the back wall.


Then some insulation for the back wall and a plywood floor to adhere the insulation:

Well now you have me thinking
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:48 PM   #102
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Not sure if it has already been suggested, but anyone considering this project in the future may want to think about a lid instead of the door on the side. This would probably be a bit more efficient.

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:56 PM   #103
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I think the problem with that is lifting x gallons of liquid up over the sides and down into the chamber. The door on the side is much easier. A little weather stripping around the door and you're good to go.

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:19 PM   #104
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so i will be building a ferm chamber very similar to this in the next couple of weeks and i was wondering if a regular roll of fiberglass wall insulation would work? i have an entire roll in my basement left over from some home improvement projects.

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Old 05-10-2012, 12:40 AM   #105
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I think compressing standard fiberglass roll insulation would significantly reduce its insulating properties - its largely effective because of the amount of air space that is trapped in between the fibers. The rigid foam most of us use in builds like this is designed to work in much smaller spaces.

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Old 05-11-2012, 02:09 AM   #106
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This is exactly what I'm trying to do under the workbench out in my garage! Awesome build.

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:41 PM   #107
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LOL, thanks for looking! I had a similar problem with all of my beer in our walkin closet off the master bedroom. After an especially stinky batch of hefeweizen, followed with 25 gallons total in there...well you get the picture. SWMBO finally said, "hey, did you get all the supplies for your fermentation chamber yet????".
My wife is kicking me out of the closet too. After seeing this thread, I have restored hope. Thanks for posting!
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #108
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Bumping an old thread but I really like this idea! Going to check out c-list for a fridge and start this up!

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Old 11-11-2013, 07:44 PM   #109
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Got my fridge today. Planning on this same design, but not under a workbench. I'm aiming for a rolling fermenting chamber!

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Old 11-15-2013, 02:31 PM   #110
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I built this same design over the last week and got it all together and sealed last night. I got it down quickly to 50f and it easily held there so i'm pumped that I can now lager! I would recommend this type of build to anyone looking for a cheaper alternative to a chest freezer, mine takes up less room and can hold 3 carboys/buckets or multiple cornies for conditioning.

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