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Old 05-17-2012, 01:44 AM   #11
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Mine has held up great, I bought it used and have had it myself 3 years now and have had no issues. I have a 6 gallon better bottle in it and use a blow off tube instead of a airlock, so I'm not sure how 6.5 with one would fit.

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #12
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Before I buy one of these, looking to see how the unit is holding up for either molson or rivenin? also, would this unit fit a 6.5 g carboy with a airlock?
mine is holding up great as well.

with a 6.5 carboy... it's... interesting with an airlock lol, but it works. i have to shove the bung way in there and still am worried about it at times, but my better bottles work wonderfully.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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Great find my friend. Along those same lines I am getting my 17.8 cu ft chest freezer dropped off today. Now I can convert the fridge I was using into my kegerator. After a marathon bottling night 2 nights ago and another one ahead tonight, this can not happen soon enough.

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:38 PM   #14
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Nice! I also ferment in a wine fridge from craigslist. Works perfectly. A few tips... I wouldn't trust that digital temperature control - check it against the actual temperature inside to make sure it's accurate. Also, my fridge had a 10-15°F differential between the top of the fridge and the bottom, and the temperature fluctuated pretty wildly over the course of a day. I think it's because the glass door doesn't insulate very well. Installing a computer fan both eliminated the temperature difference and helped the fridge maintain a more consistent temperature.

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Old 05-18-2012, 01:42 AM   #15
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with a carboy full of wort and the fermometer on it. i haven't had an issue with temp yet. did you perform the test with it empty? or with a bucket/carboy in it?

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Old 05-18-2012, 01:45 AM   #16
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nice score! a ferm chamber is my next brew project. i hate having to check weather.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:35 AM   #17
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with a carboy full of wort and the fermometer on it. i haven't had an issue with temp yet. did you perform the test with it empty? or with a bucket/carboy in it?
I tried it both ways, empty and with a water-filled carboy. The carboy temp was obviously much more stable than the air temp and stayed within about a 5°F range over 24 hours (this is with the probe taped to the side of the carboy and insulated). The top of the carboy was 3-4°F warmer than the bottom. During fermentation, when the wort is constantly moving, I'm sure this wouldn't be an issue. I'm just really anal and it bugged me, so I added the fan and an external temp controller so I could keep the temp fluctuations to <1°F and maintain a stable temp during active fermentation.

Mind you this is with a pretty large fridge with thin walls (the 52-bottle Vissani that Home Depot sells). A smaller, better insulated fridge might be just fine without the fan.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:37 PM   #18
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You will want to cover the door with something though, so you don't oxidize your beer by light.

That's never an issue with wine, because a little oxidation is good with a great wine.

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