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Old 07-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Does anyone have plan to build a small fermentation chamber that would hold one carboy to do lager fermenting? Thanks

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Old 07-17-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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Keep an eye on the local craigslist appliances forum for a chest freezer. That plus a temperature controller (Ranco or Johnson controls) will get you any temp you want.

the alternative is to build a small structure, insulate the *&#$%^ out of it and add a small window air conditioner unit.

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Old 07-17-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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If you are looking for plans just search the forum for them, there are tons. I agree you best bet is to get a chest freezer, but with that being said I have made one out of a 1.7 cf dorm fridge and insulated it. Wasn't cheap, but I can get the temp down to low 40's for lagering sitting in a room that is about 65 (basement storage unit).

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Search google for "son of fermentation chiller" lots of info I including videos. That will work but a freezer/fridge with a controller is the way to go

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I recently bought a 5cu.ft. chest freezer and ranco controller. Works like a charm. Easily fits 6 gal buckets or carboys. I make 10gal batches and use the "brew cube" from AHS. The cube is a perfect fit in the freezer with maybe an inch between the cube and freezer walls (it sits below the hump, so there is a little extra room if you want to store something on the hump). I can also fit 2 corny kegs in it below the hump.

I use mine for the first week of fermentation on ales and then pull them out to finish at room temp if I need the space in the chamber for another batch. I plan to brew some lagers and don't want to have to stop making my "house ales" so I just bought another chest freezer. Buying everything all-new it's less than $250 delivered and taxes paid.

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Old 07-17-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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A mini-fridge with a collar would suit your needs quite well.

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Old 07-18-2011, 05:07 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestion

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Old 07-18-2011, 10:24 AM   #8
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. I make 10gal batches and use the "brew cube" from AHS. The cube is a perfect fit in the freezer with maybe an inch between the cube and freezer walls (it sits below the hump, so there is a little extra room if you want to store something on the hump).
That is awesome! Thank you for that, I never knew that existed!
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Here is mine works really well

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-d...hamber-244512/



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Old 07-18-2011, 06:54 PM   #10
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Here's my setup. I got the fridge for free off craigslist and bought a Johnson controller. Just bent the freezer/coolant piece to the back and cut the inside door off. Six gallon carboy fits in there pretty well.

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