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Old 06-05-2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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Default My Fermentation Chamber Build

So, I have finally begun building my Fermentation Chamber! From what I can tell, it is a different design than others I have seen, but greatly thankful to all the build threads that inspired me to build this!!! I framed out my box with wood, and put it on stilts 3' above the ground so that I can store my brewing equipment under it and siphoning straight from the chamber into a keg or secondary fermenter would be made easy. Then I insulated the box. I plan to finish it out with wood so that the insulation is not showing as it is now. A good craigslist find, $25 full-sized fridge finally made this possible. I have a temperature controller on the fridge controlling the fridge section to lager temps ~50F and cut a hole in the freezer. I built an insulated bridge connecting the hole from the freezer to my chamber with computer fans pushing/pulling cold air from the freezer into the chamber. These fans are controlled by another temp. controller keeping the chamber at ~68F. Works great! Now I'm switching over to all-grain when I get back next week and I'll put the chamber to good use!

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Old 06-05-2011, 01:34 AM   #2
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Is that in your bedroom?

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A guest room my wife has allowed me to invade as long as I make plenty of wines, ciders, and GF beers. Also, I can store all my equipment under it so it is no longer in random areas around the house

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Old 06-05-2011, 01:39 AM   #4
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How well is that working for you? Is the computer fan set up on a temp controller to turn on when needed? Or is the freezer? Or is just sheer luck that this keeps the temp you want? I have been thinking of doing something similar with an old mini-freezer I have.

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No problems. It is working great!

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Totally awesome setup!

I particularly like the insulated bridge idea.

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