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Old 12-26-2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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I am planning out an air conditioned 7' wide, x4' deep x9' high brew closet. I am not sure of the optimum air conditioner to use. Window unit? Portable unit?



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Old 12-26-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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Portable's can get pricy pretty quick. I'd probably get a window unit with a built in thermostat.



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Old 12-26-2012, 04:01 AM   #3
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The window AC unit is more cost effective. With TX heat you might want to step up to a good efficient unit and not an entry model. Or just stop brewing for 2-3 months every year.

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Old 12-26-2012, 05:03 AM   #4
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I would just recommend getting a cool brewings cooler and use that to keep your beer at proper temperature

Way cheaper than buying and setting up a cooled air conditioned brewing room.

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I would prefer to put the hot side of a window unit into the room, and not to the outside. I have never used a window unit, will it drip water on the 'outside' side?

But they seem attractive from a size standpoint, as the portables seem very large, and from a cost stand point.

I do want to cool the entire closet so I can control the temp of the bottled beer as well. Being in Texas, we let the house get close to 80 in the summer. The closet will be fairly well insulated.

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It'll dump all the condensate (water) and waste heat (which is more than it removes) into the other room. Not a good plan.

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I built a fermentation chest using a $100 window AC unit from Walmart. I have it in my garage where mid-summer temps can get to 120F. The thing has no problem cooling to mid-50s even in that heat. I bought the one with the analog thermostat to save money and it would not cool below 68F because the thermostat would not let it, so I disconnected it and use one of those aquarium temperature controllers. I was afraid of the water condensation issue but it does not drip. I assume this is because the air does not turn over very much in the chest.

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If you have room for a small 7 cu ft freezer get one. Should cost about $150 new. Only problem is you can't get 6.5 gallon buckets w/airlock into one. I think carboys work, I have usee 5 gallon buckets and can get two inside w/airlocks. But I guess if your gonna have more than one fermenting at a time the closet may be better. Most of the time I use 2 gallon buckets and can have 5 going at once.

After re-reading your OP, you are better off w/the closet much more room than a freezer. Might have to insulate it as well to keep elec. costs down

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I have a walk-in closet (about 10'x4') that I converted to a fermentation cellar using a portable AC unit. Luckily for me the closet shares a wall with the garage so I run the exhaust duct through to the garage. The nice thing about the portable units is they collect and reuse any condensate, so that's not an issue. I can keep my fermentors in the 60-62deg range easily with the AC unit- upper 50s if I place the carboy directly in front of the unit. I've been really happy with the performance and its great having room for so many temp controlled fermentors... Beats a chest freezer in that respect for sure.

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Dedhedjed, you use a portable AC unit?



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