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Old 01-20-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Hey,

I have a fridge that doesn't work and was wondering if I could use it as a makeshift fermentation chamber? If I swap out ice blocks, would I be able to get temps down to 55-60?

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Old 01-20-2011, 11:45 AM   #2
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Sure. A fridge is just a well insulated box with a compressor coil. If your compressor coil doesn't work, you've just got a well insulated box. You'll be changing ice a fair bit (depending on ambient temp), be ready to make a lot of ice.

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Old 01-20-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Malfet. Yea, I realize it should work but thought someone might have an idea that would help so I didnt have to swap out the ice so much.

Where abouts in the city do you live? Or are you in Nepal?

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I'm in Washington Heights. You?

Yeah...the fridge is a pain, and I've not found a good way to cope with the ice quantities needed. Don't open the door too much. I tried doing it with ice for a few brews back when I started brewing, but quickly broke down and bought a dorm fridge. Best $100 yet.

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Old 01-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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Any way you could pipe in cold air from a mini fridge? I have the same problem, my $1200 2 year old fridge just crapped out with no warranty. I would love to still use it.

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Old 01-16-2012, 04:06 PM   #6
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FWIW, I scored a 'broken' stand up freezer on Craiglist. It was broken in that the defrost timer was stuck. The compressor, coils, etc. were all fine. I just ripped out the whole timer/thermostat assembly entirely and replaced it with Auber's 2342 PID in on/off mode.

I guess my point is, find out what's specifically wrong with the fridge. It might still be perfect for your needs if you're going with a separate temp controller for fermentation.

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