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Old 07-14-2010, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default Chiller Idea!! Please Comment

I have seen numerous fermentation chiller boxes (Pink Foam), and I am desperate need of a project soooo...
My project idea is to create 2 fermentation chiller boxes that would have the "COLD" supplied by a loop system that would pump cold fluid (water or glycol) through some radiators from a cooler packed with ice & fluid..

I have seen projects where people tap into a freezer for the cold, but I would look to use a super insulated cooler simply due to the fact this is what I have available, and I want to leverage this in the winter to add heat if needed..

Any thoughts/suggestions.. Also note that I am lazy and the thought of changing the ice packs in each chiller box makes me hope this works..

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Old 07-14-2010, 01:36 AM   #2
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Why not just get a chest freezer....build a 2 stage control box....allow the chest freezer to chill and add a small space heater for the heating in the winter....what you are talking about seems like alot of HIGH maintenance work.....and since you are lazy (you said it not me ) it might alleviate all the extra work.

Just my opinion though....good luck.

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Old 07-14-2010, 01:51 AM   #3
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I am lazy, but I love projects..
I can not swing purchaing a freezer chest just to turn it into a fermentation chamber, unless I want to sleep in the chest as well (Boss Lady would make life outside of garage {doghouse} rough).. I have most of the materials so the cost should not be extremely high.. I HOPE..
The other issue is space.. I can build the system vertically with the cooler at the top and the fermentation chambers below it, and just large enough for my fermentors. I am think t will be about 3ft wide by about 7ft tall (or a little taller).

I like the idea of the fermentation chambers, but I am so busy I now I will wait to long to add additional ice and miss out on the value of temp control. I am thinking my extra cube cooler with ice and glycol will be able to last at least a few days (no serious math has gone into this calcluation).

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Old 07-14-2010, 02:21 AM   #4
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Don't underestimate all the "extras" you will need. From what I hear you guys can pick up a fridge or freezer pretty cheap ($0 - $100) + a $20 ebay temp controller and a bit or wiring and you have a stand alone fermentation chamber that you can set and forget. If you want a project maybe look into splicing the temp controller into the original thermostat to get a cleaner result. Just my $0.02 though

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Old 07-14-2010, 02:41 AM   #5
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OK I get it.. I may be going for the ultimate money pit issue..

Why doesn't everyone simply do a freezer vs the fermentation chamber?

Also is this project just a stupid idea or just not something you believe is practical??

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Old 07-14-2010, 02:56 AM   #6
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I can't imagine it'd be that efficient. And you'd have to continually pack it with ice (and drain the melted ice) somewhere. You'd also need a pump to continuously operate. A freezer/fridge would be a much better option IMO.

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sorry for not being clear. I planned on having 3 bildge pumps running to 2 seperate fermentation chambers with PC fans over the radiators in the fermentation chambers to move the air. Each would have a chamber would have a temp control (from HD or Lowes) to run the 12v cycle on once temp was to hot (or cold in winter). If I can convince the boss this works then an fridge in garage to augment the cooler will be next.
I have seen a similat setup to a cabinet, but not to seperate fermentation chambers.

Thoughts?

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Seems like a fair enough idea, I did pick up on the 2 chambers you wanted I guess so you could get 2 different temperatures. What sort of temperature are you looking to get in the boxes, and your ambient temp? As I don't know how pratical it would be to lager in the fermentation chambers.

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Old 07-14-2010, 04:14 AM   #9
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search for " Son of Fermentation chamber "

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sorry for not being clear. I planned on having 3 bildge pumps running to 2 seperate fermentation chambers with PC fans over the radiators in the fermentation chambers to move the air"

Seems like a nice idea, but a whole hell of alot of work

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