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Old 12-07-2012, 01:15 AM   #31
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Details on that fridge? Very nice.



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Old 12-07-2012, 01:28 AM   #32
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Here you go.

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/vissani-52-bottle-wine-cooler-mvwc52b.html#.UMFS-uQT79M

I got one off craigslist and one on sale "scratch and dent" from Home Depot. I love them. I used the interior temp dial for the first few months and it was almost good enough. Single best addon that made the biggest difference in my brews.



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Old 12-07-2012, 10:44 PM   #33
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don't forget light is evil.

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:09 AM   #34
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Switched on for photo. The doors even have a dark tint on them.

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Old 12-08-2012, 01:16 AM   #35
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OK. can't wait to see more. Love this thread.

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:45 PM   #36
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At the moment, we're using a pair of 7 cu ft Holiday chest freezers for fermentation/kegging. Each can hold 2 6-gal carboys along with a few 6-packs stuck in and around for conditioning. The cost for each was slightly more than one of the wine bottle coolers. Unfortunately, using chest freezers sacrifices precious space - they can't be under-the-counter, and you have to have clearance above them to open them.

1. will a 6 gallon carboy with airlock/blow-off tube fit into one of your coolers?

2. do you have need to heat these? If so, how to you accomplish this? My brew area is in an uninsulated area of the basement, so I do have to apply heat to my freezers (tiny space heater or blow dryer and Ranco Dual Controller).

Looks good. Thanks for posting.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #37
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Yes. In the photo those are both 6 gallon carboys. I can get measurements if needed.

In garage and down south. More concerned with cooling. Even when cold, inside the fridges unplugged they stay 62 degrees. If I needed to, I'd do a belt or something to stay warm.

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- they can't be under-the-counter, and you have to have clearance above them to open them.

2. do you have need to heat these? If so, how to you accomplish this?
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if you put them on casters they could be pulled out from under the counter to be opened. depends on the height of your work bench i guess

i heat my fermenting chamber with reptile heating wire from the pet store. the stuff was like $15 and raises temps gradually. before that i was using little space heaters and would routinely overshoot temps by a few degrees because of the power the thing put out. the reptile heaters have definitely added stability to my esters. way less funky tastes with more precise control of the temp.

the reptile mats are basically the same thing, just in a solid form not a cord. some of the best money i've spent in my beer brewing, and some of the cheapest
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Control Panel time......

Trying to get decals cut and on:


Inside:


More to come as I get this thing mounted and wired. Also, this is a ebrewsupply.com box that I'm working with. Ryan was so helpful as I was laying all my plans out that I decided to just go for it.

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Why 2 lights per control?



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