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Old 06-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Mini Fridge for 6.5 gallon carboy fermenting? Vassani wine fridge from Home Depot?

I apartment brew so space is a huge factor. I'm trying to find a fermentation chamber that will fit a 6.5 gallon carboy + 3 piece air lock. Thread searches seem to pop up two options:

- Avanti 2.5 cu ft fridge - requires you to cut the fridge door shelves off (not really an issue), and it kind of hard to find. Won't fit 3 piece air lock with 6.5 gallon glass carboy?
- Vassani 52-bottle wine chiller from home depot - Not sure it gets cold enough for lagering.

When I buy a house, someday I plan to build it into a chamber that can fit 3 carboys, but I don't have the space now and just need enough space for 1 at a time.

Anyone have suggestions for a fermentation chamber?

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Old 06-27-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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I use the vassani as my fermentation chamber and it does the job. It'll get down to mid 40s quite easily with a 6gal carboy in it. The airlock will either need to be pushed down to avoid the lighting on the top, or just use a blow-off tube. There's even a convenient little ledge on the back of it to hold the blow-off jar. Best part of the vissani is that when i get the deep freezer built out, i still have a wine fridge enough to hold a lot of beer with modified racks. Lack of space is a bit of a problem, but (for ales) I keep brewed batches in the fridge for a couple of weeks at appropriate temps and then just swamp cooler them with a 2L ice bottle in a big thermo-bag (like the kind you get for picnics at sam's). It'll slowly warm up to maybe 68 over the course of a week in a texas house.

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Old 06-28-2012, 01:27 AM   #3
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Hi

Are you stuck for floor space or for volume space? There are a lot of creative solutions depending on exactly what you can put where.

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I use the Vissani as well. Here's the link to my build thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/viss...hamber-290663/

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:33 AM   #5
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Are you stuck for floor space or for volume space? There are a lot of creative solutions depending on exactly what you can put where.

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Floor space really. As I said I'm in an apartment and my roommate puts up with my hobby for the prospect of beer to fill my keezer, but I try to keep the equipment out of his way and in my room.


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I use the Vissani as well. Here's the link to my build thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/viss...hamber-290663/
Does it get down to lagering temps?
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I use the Vissani as well. Here's the link to my build thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/viss...hamber-290663/
Ack I should have read your entire thread first. I see you bypassed the thermostat. That should be simple enough, although I prefer a solution that just keeps the thermostat at it's lowest setting and switches power with the controller.

I have a lead on a Sanyo 4912 on CL, but if that doesn't pan out, this may be just what I do. I like the heat tape too, I was wondering how I might heat it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:42 AM   #7
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Your best bet is to find a 4.4 cf fridge of clist for $50 and build a small collar

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Most fridges should fit one carboy, I use SS 6 gallon pots and stack them. rather than airlocks, i recommend blowoff tubes, they fit where airlocks dont as well as prevent blowoffs.

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Could the thermostat on these wine fridges just be adjusted the same way that people adjust the thermostat on chest freezers? that would help avoid the re-wiring.

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Yep

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