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Old 08-22-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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i have an extra frige i dont use. Would it be possible to use it as a fermentaion chamber? or would i need to modify it?



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Old 08-22-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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yeah, just hook up a temp control to it and ferment away!



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Old 08-23-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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You'd want some ay for the CO2 to escape.

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Old 08-24-2011, 02:56 AM   #4
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You'd want some ay for the CO2 to escape.
Why?

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Old 08-24-2011, 04:07 AM   #5
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Three peace airlock?

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Old 08-24-2011, 04:38 AM   #6
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I'm using a minifridge as a fermentation chamber today.

As to the other question: why do we need to let co2 escape? Won't opening the door once in a blue moon do the same thing?

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The CO2 will work its way out ... no need for an airlock

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:21 AM   #8
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I use a stand up freezer as my ferm chamber and it works absolutely perfect! Of course i've got it hooked up to a temp controller, but I love the fact that I can rack 90 degree beer from the kettle and turn the freezer down to freezing temps to help chill it before I add my yeast. Beats waiting an hour for the wort chiller to do the same thing.

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Old 08-24-2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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CO2 may or may not escape. That is dependent on many things, and no one could know without seeing the unit in question.

As to why, first, pressure has an effect on fermentation, which is why fermenters are never - and should never - be fully sealed. Secondly, a tightly sealing fridge could be popped open by building pressure, leaving you without the control you want.

If you run a probe cable into it, that may leave enough of a gap.

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Old 08-24-2011, 02:20 PM   #10
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Yes, and this COULD be all you need: a screwdriver and a good read of the first few posts on this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guide-set-internal-chest-freezer-thermostat-32f-eliminate-external-control-249612/

Worked for me, I can shift my temps in my spare fridge anywhere from 30F to 70F with ease!



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