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Old 12-30-2012, 07:18 AM   #21
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A truly great job. And an awesome work space by the way. If you brew as meticulously as you organize and build then I must say I'd like to try a mountain brew or two some day.

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:43 AM   #22
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Awesome build! Let us know how it works with some fermentations going!

Also, if you don't mind me asking, about how much did that cost to put together?

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My theory is that OCD is only a disorder if you don't know how to channel it.
By definition, it needs to result in substantial impairment in one's social, work, and/or academic life in order to be considered a disorder of any clinical significance. In other words, if it's something you are able to "channel" or to otherwise benefit positively from, it's not OCD.
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By definition, it needs to result in substantial impairment in one's social, work, and/or academic life in order to be considered a disorder of any clinical significance. In other words, if it's something you are able to "channel" or to otherwise benefit positively from, it's not OCD.
I most definitely agree with you. I didn't mean to make light of a potentially serious mental health condition. If I offended you or others, I appologize. I realize I should have phrased my quote differently and given some back story. When Dave37 commented on my fastidious work, it reminded me of how my SWMBO often diagnoses me with having OCD when I get into projecting. When she gets annoyed I use the line about channeling OCD and remind her how much she actually likes the beer I brew, the trellises I've made, etc and she usually gives me a nod of agreement and then tells me I've got 30 minutes to clean things up. I'm sure others can relate.
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Awesome build! Let us know how it works with some fermentations going!

Also, if you don't mind me asking, about how much did that cost to put together?
I didn't keep an accurate tally but I'd estimate it was about $1,200. This includes ~$200 that was spent on experimenting and screw ups. It wasn't cheap, but it is exactly what I wanted and should last for decades.
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I didn't keep an accurate tally but I'd estimate it was about $1,200. This includes ~$200 that was spent on experimenting and screw ups. It wasn't cheap, but it is exactly what I wanted and should last for decades.
For sure! Probably on par or maybe cheaper than buying and modifying two big chest freezers and definitely a lot nicer!
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For sure! Probably on par or maybe cheaper than buying and modifying two big chest freezers and definitely a lot nicer!
The other advantage is that I made the dimensions so I could fit and access 2 Blichmann 14.5 gal conicals in each chamber, should I decide to go that direction. It's not so easy to use conicals with a chest freezer.
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This is awesome!!! I have a potentially silly question, though. Whenever I see these types of things they are usually cool-only. Is it not ever necessary to provide a heat source as well?

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This is awesome!!! I have a potentially silly question, though. Whenever I see these types of things they are usually cool-only. Is it not ever necessary to provide a heat source as well?
Go back to the 6th post of the thread. The black boxes are the Broan 120 wall heaters. The Auber PID I used includes easy instructions on how to control both heat and cooling. Essentially, the main controller is set to cool and the low temp alarm output gets connected to the heater. Each has its own hysteresis band, so you basically dial in a high and low range. Given that my garage is only heated on demand and has no cooling, I'm sure I will need both functions given the hot summers and cold winters we get in Colorado.
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Ah, I have no idea how I missed that. My own fermentation system will go in my basement in an area that is semi-conditioned, so I am debating a heater at all.

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