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Old 07-08-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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My fermentation chamber/cabinet is now about half complete so thought I'd post some progress pictures. My main inspiration was the one Thomcat333 built a while back. It's constucted of 2x2 and paneling and will be stuffed with 2" of rigid insulation (the pink stuff) and lined with melomine board. It should hold 2 large carboys/buckets, or 8 cornies, or some combination of each.

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A skeleton is formed:

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I decided to rabbet the joints instead of using angle brackets. This would have been easier if I had a table saw, but I made due with my father's sliding compound mitre saw.


Here, some of the panels are in place and the dorm fridge is in place to show a bit more of how the design works. I've yet to build the door, but it will go the full length of the front of the cabinet (opposite the fridge).

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Screw the fermentation chamber, I'm turning this baby into a fuel-sipping micro-car!


Just need some sort of....beer...engine.....

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How's this one coming along?

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Slowly and over-budget, but it's coming along. I probably should have waited until I was further along before posting the initial pics. I'Ve got all of the framing, exterior paneling, and insulating completed. All that's left is the mounting the door, wiring installation and the melomine paneling for the interior.

Here's a pic from a week ago, but i've made a lot of progress since then. I'll post more pics this evening.


My goal is to have it up and running by this weekend so I can use it for the oktoberfest lager I'll be brewing Saturday. Thanks for asking!

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hope it cools down enough. i know when i built the extension for mine for testing i wasnt able to get it below 60* and it was internal 20x36x36 and i was using a 4cf dorm fridge. i am thinking if you have to though you can split the bottom into two chambers and use a temp and fan to cool the area for fermenting and you might be able to lager in the other chamber. find a way of circulating the warm air into the fridge for cooling then back into the chamber.

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Some more progress. I used some thermal epoxy to bond a large heat sink (from an old Pentium 2 processor) to the inside of the freezer compartment of the cube fridge. Then, I added the 120mm DC fan to the freezer door. Hopefully these measures will help move the cold throughout the chamber.



And one more picture of progress on the chamber (can't go any further until I install the wiring for the LED lighting system and control wiring).

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I am loving these ideas, I cant wait for you to get this done and see how well you can hold the temps. I am wanting to do something similar to this so I can ferment more then 5g at a time in my small fridge

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