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Old 02-01-2013, 11:53 AM   #21
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I second the freezer/fridge thing with the STC-1000. I picked up my 7cu ft chest freezer from craigslist for about 60 bucks, and wired the STC-1000 up.

I picked up my fridge that is now my kegerator off craigslist for free.

Guess where they both came from? Wake Forest. You're in the right place to score some appliance deals.

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:40 PM   #22
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I picked up a 7.1 cuft freezer, brand new GE energystar, delivered and moved to the basement for 145 on cyber Monday from home depot, +35 dollars for an stc-1000 and parts, +12 for a waterproof seed germination heating mat, +20 for a mini dehumidifier. So about 200, and I have a safe, clean, temp controlled fermentation chamber.

The best part I think is just having a consistent place to put my fermenting beers.

And it can probably be done a lot cheaper with a used freezer.

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:14 PM   #23
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Just curious - what's the mini dehumidifier for? To keep your basement air drier so as to not get a lot of condensation on the coils?

I was already running one in my basement to keep moisture from ruining my tools. I guess it's a nice side benefit that it will help the freezer too.
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I've heard that the inside of fermentation chambers can get pretty dank. It makes sense to me though, all of the water molecules that turn into ice crystals in a normal freezer don't freeze, so if you open and close it a few times, you'll end up with lots of moisture in there

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:22 PM   #25
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I've heard that any fridge or freezer is basically the perfect place to grow mold if not running. If you are at fridge temps or below, you will be fine. If you are holding in the high 50s, you may do better with the dehumidifier. Note: I have no personal experience with ferm chambers, just with disgusting stored refrigerators.

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Why not fix the floor too(when she is not home in order to get brownie points and avoid questioning)? I have read where you can use an iron and towels to fix them. Just do some searching and make sure you know what type of wood and finish you have, maybe find the manufacturers website and ask them.

Hmmm, on second thought, it could go from bad to worse!

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