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Old 04-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #11
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Trying to figure out what mini fridge to put in this. Does anybody think a 1.7 cf fridge would work or should I go with a 2.7 cf one?

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Old 04-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #12
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will the mini fridge get you down to a lagering temp (near freezing)? I am wondering because i am figuring out my fermentation build right now. I would rather go this route, but right now i am planning a chest freezer for lagering, and attaching a box like yours for ales. Mine would also use 2 temp contollers, 1 for te chest freezer and 1 to blow air thru a one way vent to cool the ale box.

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Old 04-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #13
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I should rephrase that about the laggering. I have a kezzer with space for a fermenter in it for the cold portion of it. I only plan on using the fermentation chamber for the warmer portion of the lagger that needs to be colder then an ale. So idealy just get it down to the upper 40's.

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Old 04-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #14
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Looks great man. My basement is in the process of being finished but once its done this is my next project! Cheers

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Old 04-26-2011, 07:50 PM   #15
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Slide out drawers!

That's one of those ideas that noone thinks of until it's done and then you come along and HOLY CRAP, that's awesome!
My thoughts exactly, what a simple but brilliant idea.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:08 PM   #16
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Sweet, similar to what i've been wanting to do, but I want to be able to lager. Curious to see what temps you can get out of that setup.

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Old 04-26-2011, 08:52 PM   #17
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Seriously blown away by the slide out shelving. Brilliant. One of those face palm moments.

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Old 04-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #18
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do you have a stiffener in the middle of the shelf?

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Old 04-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #19
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Having built one very similar to this, I was never able to get much below 10-12 degrees below ambient. While this was fine for ales, it couldn't get me to lager temps or more importantly cold-crashing temps. Additionally, I was always defrosting it because of the frost build-up.

I ended up scoring a free stand-up freezer that I put a temp control on. I keep it at about 40 degrees most of the time. Inside of it, is about 5 gal of water and 2 pond pumps. A control system toggles the pumps on and off to keep the fermenters at a set-point. I can crank the freezer down to 32 degrees and get my fermenters down to 38 or so, which is plenty cool for me.

This is what it turned out like:




I have since upgraded the coils to be much longer to help things out a bit.

With regard to your drawer-shelf idea, Just make sure it doesn't tip the system over when the carboy is filled and the other shelf is empty!

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Old 04-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #20
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Looks like a great idea but there seems to be a lot of wasted space between the carboys Might be more efficient to make the drawers skinner?

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