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scottsr123 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

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I've recognized that, where I currently ferment, I have very poor temperature control. The consensus seems to be that proper control of fermentation temp is one of the best things I can do to improve the quality of my beer. So, I decided to start this build.

I have a 7.5 gallon Stout Tank SS fermenter, and wanted to make a chamber large enough for this, as well as leaving additional room for bottle-conditioning beer or adding a second fermenter at some point. So far, I've made only ales, but am hopeful I'll be able to hit lager temps, or cold crash in this chamber.

To keep weight down, I framed this out with some 3/4" pine, ripped to 2" wide. This creates the space for 2" of R-Max foil-face foam insulation.



Attachment 81298



Attachment 81299



Attachment 81302



Attachment 81301

I left an opening on one end to attach the dorm-sized fridge. I opted to do this so that, in the event the fridge fails, I can easily replace it.

Attachment 81300
The large door is where my SS fermenter will go. I'll install a pull-out shelf here so that I can slide the fermenter out to harvest yeast, add hops, etc.


Attachment 81303
I'm going to clad the whole thing in 1/4" plywood, gluing the R-Max to it as I go. Then I'll install a second layer of 1" R-Max (local HD is out of stock right now...) on the inside to cover all the seams and add additional insulation value.


scottsr123 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

6 Attachment(s)

I've recognized that, where I currently ferment, I have very poor temperature control. The consensus seems to be that proper control of fermentation temp is one of the best things I can do to improve the quality of my beer. So, I decided to start this build.

I have a 7.5 gallon Stout Tank SS fermenter, and wanted to make a chamber large enough for this, as well as leaving additional room for bottle-conditioning beer or adding a second fermenter at some point. So far, I've made only ales, but am hopeful I'll be able to hit lager temps, or cold crash in this chamber.

To keep weight down, I framed this out with some 3/4" pine, ripped to 2" wide. This creates the space for 2" of R-Max foil-face foam insulation.



Attachment 81298



Attachment 81299



Attachment 81302



Attachment 81301

I left an opening on one end to attach the dorm-sized fridge. I opted to do this so that, in the event the fridge fails, I can easily replace it.

Attachment 81300
The large door is where my SS fermenter will go. I'll install a pull-out shelf here so that I can slide the fermenter out to harvest yeast, add hops, etc.


Attachment 81303
I'm going to clad the whole thing in 1/4" plywood, gluing the R-Max to it as I go. Then I'll install a second layer of 1" R-Max (local HD is out of stock right now...) on the inside to cover all the seams and add additional insulation value.


scottsr123 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

6 Attachment(s)

I've recognized that, where I currently ferment, I have very poor temperature control. The consensus seems to be that proper control of fermentation temp is one of the best things I can do to improve the quality of my beer. So, I decided to start this build.

I have a 7.5 gallon Stout Tank SS fermenter, and wanted to make a chamber large enough for this, as well as leaving additional room for bottle-conditioning beer or adding a second fermenter at some point. So far, I've made only ales, but am hopeful I'll be able to hit lager temps, or cold crash in this chamber.

To keep weight down, I framed this out with some 3/4" pine, ripped to 2" wide. This creates the space for 2" of R-Max foil-face foam insulation.



Attachment 81298



Attachment 81299



Attachment 81302



Attachment 81301

I left an opening on one end to attach the dorm-sized fridge. I opted to do this so that, in the event the fridge fails, I can easily replace it.

Attachment 81300
The large door is where my SS fermenter will go. I'll install a pull-out shelf here so that I can slide the fermenter out to harvest yeast, add hops, etc.


Attachment 81303
I'm going to clad the whole thing in 1/4" plywood, gluing the R-Max to it as I go. Then I'll install a second layer of 1" R-Max (local HD is out of stock right now...) on the inside to cover all the seams and add additional insulation value.


scottsr123 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

6 Attachment(s)

I've recognized that, where I currently ferment, I have very poor temperature control. The consensus seems to be that proper control of fermentation temp is one of the best things I can do to improve the quality of my beer. So, I decided to start this build.

I have a 7.5 gallon Stout Tank SS fermenter, and wanted to make a chamber large enough for this, as well as leaving additional room for bottle-conditioning beer or adding a second fermenter at some point. So far, I've made only ales, but am hopeful I'll be able to hit lager temps, or cold crash in this chamber.

To keep weight down, I framed this out with some 3/4" pine, ripped to 2" wide. This creates the space for 2" of R-Max foil-face foam insulation.



Attachment 81298



Attachment 81299



Attachment 81302



Attachment 81301

I left an opening on one end to attach the dorm-sized fridge. I opted to do this so that, in the event the fridge fails, I can easily replace it.

Attachment 81300
The large door is where my SS fermenter will go. I'll install a pull-out shelf here so that I can slide the fermenter out to harvest yeast, add hops, etc.


Attachment 81303
I'm going to clad the whole thing in 1/4" plywood, gluing the R-Max to it as I go. Then I'll install a second layer of 1" R-Max (local HD is out of stock right now...) on the inside to cover all the seams and add additional insulation value.


scottsr123 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

6 Attachment(s)

I've recognized that, where I currently ferment, I have very poor temperature control. The consensus seems to be that proper control of fermentation temp is one of the best things I can do to improve the quality of my beer. So, I decided to start this build.

I have a 7.5 gallon Stout Tank SS fermenter, and wanted to make a chamber large enough for this, as well as leaving additional room for bottle-conditioning beer or adding a second fermenter at some point. So far, I've made only ales, but am hopeful I'll be able to hit lager temps, or cold crash in this chamber.

To keep weight down, I framed this out with some 3/4" pine, ripped to 2" wide. This creates the space for 2" of R-Max foil-face foam insulation.



Attachment 81298



Attachment 81299



Attachment 81302



Attachment 81301

I left an opening on one end to attach the dorm-sized fridge. I opted to do this so that, in the event the fridge fails, I can easily replace it.

Attachment 81300
The large door is where my SS fermenter will go. I'll install a pull-out shelf here so that I can slide the fermenter out to harvest yeast, add hops, etc.


Attachment 81303
I'm going to clad the whole thing in 1/4" plywood, gluing the R-Max to it as I go. Then I'll install a second layer of 1" R-Max (local HD is out of stock right now...) on the inside to cover all the seams and add additional insulation value.


scottsr123 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

6 Attachment(s)

I've recognized that, where I currently ferment, I have very poor temperature control. The consensus seems to be that proper control of fermentation temp is one of the best things I can do to improve the quality of my beer. So, I decided to start this build.

I have a 7.5 gallon Stout Tank SS fermenter, and wanted to make a chamber large enough for this, as well as leaving additional room for bottle-conditioning beer or adding a second fermenter at some point. So far, I've made only ales, but am hopeful I'll be able to hit lager temps, or cold crash in this chamber.

To keep weight down, I framed this out with some 3/4" pine, ripped to 2" wide. This creates the space for 2" of R-Max foil-face foam insulation.



Attachment 81298



Attachment 81299



Attachment 81302



Attachment 81301

I left an opening on one end to attach the dorm-sized fridge. I opted to do this so that, in the event the fridge fails, I can easily replace it.

Attachment 81300
The large door is where my SS fermenter will go. I'll install a pull-out shelf here so that I can slide the fermenter out to harvest yeast, add hops, etc.


Attachment 81303
I'm going to clad the whole thing in 1/4" plywood, gluing the R-Max to it as I go. Then I'll install a second layer of 1" R-Max (local HD is out of stock right now...) on the inside to cover all the seams and add additional insulation value.


scottsr123 10-28-2012 02:14 PM

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I got all the plywood on the outside yesterday and wired up my controller to test. I'll have an outlet mounted on the outside on the fridge end for cooling, and two outlets mounted inside; one for heat and one always on (for a fan, light, etc.).


Attachment 81304


scottsr123 10-29-2012 11:13 PM

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Got the doors temporarily hung. HD finally got the 1" R-Max board in stock, so I'll try to get the inside layer installed today.



Attachment 81527


scottsr123 10-31-2012 10:12 AM

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Hurricane Sandy kept me home for a couple days, so I got all but the last piece of the inner layer of R-Max installed, and got the glides and shelf made for my fermenter. Not pictured, but I also fashioned a couple of door latches. Hope to get this finished this weekend.


Attachment 81695


scottsr123 11-03-2012 08:12 PM

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Finished the inside layer of insulation, caulked and taped all the seams. Also added a second layer to the doors and made some latches. Ready to install the wiring and controls next.


Attachment 82237



Attachment 82238



Attachment 82240



Attachment 82239



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