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Old 03-09-2012, 03:09 AM   #1
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Hey everybody I'm trying to brew good beer but the damn nice california weather keeps getting to warm. What are some fridges that you guys have used that fit a plastic 5 gallon bucket fermenter with a 2 piece airlock on top? I'm trying to get the maximum bang out of my buck as I am getting married soon and need to save as much as I can!

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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Many people build fermentation closets by building an insulated box to hold carboys and then attaching that to a mini-fridge. Check out and search the DIY area here for some ideas if this interests you.

You might also have luck finding models that work without modifying.

Good luck.

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Old 03-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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I am building one from a medium sized chest freezer, ~10cf, and a homemade fermwrap from flex watt(~$17Delivered). Chest freezers are cheaper(typically no more than $90), they are better insulated and the access is on top and not the side, your cold air won't spill out when you open the door which is better for efficiency.
I am just newly married and understand when you say you need to save as much as possible. Good luck in your adventures together, marriage is a wonderful thing, as long as she is happy.
Cheers!!

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I just built a fermentation fridge from a Sanyo 4.3 CF fridge, an STC-1000 temp controller and a heating element from the pet store for keeping lizards warm.

Total cost was about $70, including misc parts. Paid $20 for the fridge at a yard sale last summer (about $200 new), $20 for the temp controller and $20 for the heater. It emits no light.

If you are looking for a used fridge bring your bucket, lid and airlock with you. I did not have to cut out any door shelves as they were removable, except for the bottom one. Had to cut and fit a 2x10 pine board for the bucket to sit on so the door can be closed. Can post photos if you like.

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I am building one from a medium sized chest freezer, ~10cf, and a homemade fermwrap from flex watt(~$17Delivered). Chest freezers are cheaper(typically no more than $90), they are better insulated and the access is on top and not the side, your cold air won't spill out when you open the door which is better for efficiency.
I am just newly married and understand when you say you need to save as much as possible. Good luck in your adventures together, marriage is a wonderful thing, as long as she is happy.
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Thank you, I was thinking of a chest freezer but I wasn't sure of the size. Is 10 cf just enough for one carboy of 2?
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I just built a fermentation fridge from a Sanyo 4.3 CF fridge, an STC-1000 temp controller and a heating element from the pet store for keeping lizards warm.

Total cost was about $70, including misc parts. Paid $20 for the fridge at a yard sale last summer (about $200 new), $20 for the temp controller and $20 for the heater. It emits no light.

If you are looking for a used fridge bring your bucket, lid and airlock with you. I did not have to cut out any door shelves as they were removable, except for the bottom one. Had to cut and fit a 2x10 pine board for the bucket to sit on so the door can be closed. Can post photos if you like.
Photos would be great I always love to look at what others have done before me. I am definitely going to hit the swap meets and garage sales to find my chest freezer
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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Oh man poster is in the same boat as me! The gf doesnt want me wasting money on a fridge, but doesnt want to hear me complain about the house being too warm for my yeasties lol. Ca needs to go back to winter

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You should be able to get more than two carboys in a 10 cf freezer. I can just get a 6 gallon glass carboy and a 6.5 bucket in my 5 cf model. I did have to add a collar though.

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I picked up a slightly used wine fridge on Craigslist for real cheap. It only holds one 6 gallon bucket, but that works for me for now. Until I get a temp controller, I just keep an eye on the temps and make adjustments as needed.

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