I'm on the third floor in a very nice apartment. I have a walk-in utility closet, roughly 8'x8', adjoining a sun room. This utility closet has two electrical outlets, no windows, no AC or heat and two walls form the corner exterior of the apartment. This is the warmest room in the winter and the summer. And I'm in Georgia. So, its a hot summer and cool winter.
I'm still cutting my teeth on my first batch, haven't even bottled. I've had some difficulty keeping my primary temp stable. Finally, with a cooler, half full of cold tap water and a re-usable blue ice block on either side of the 5 gallon bucket I can keep my temp at 64/66/68.
Once I bottle, this room will not keep 54 bottles at 70 or below.
I'm looking for a low budget and low maintenance solution to maintaining a stable fermentation temp and bottle ageing.
My first thought was to get a chest freezer and a controller. Then again I've seen some DIY ferm chambers that were pretty impressive. Not ready for kegging yet. But, I'm open to some 'out of the box' solutions. Maybe a compact fridge with an attached insulated box. Maybe somehow cool the entire 8'x8' room to 64/66/68.