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Old 02-06-2009, 03:10 PM   #11
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Cool build. I love the ammo box. Does it get hot when the heat is on?

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Old 02-06-2009, 03:40 PM   #12
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I'm not sure what it costs for a block of dry ice, but I'm pretty sure the SWMBO thinks that would be a bit too much.

If I really find a desperate need to have cool fermentation... I've got a fridge I can use (just gotta find a place to put my frozen deer meat...)
I can make it easy for you... I'll take the venison off your hands free of charge!

Seriously though, very cool idea.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:58 PM   #13
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Here are some pics showing my old now retired fermentation box.
The unit was not flexible enough for my needs, could not ferment a Weizen & a Bock at the same time.



Access doors on both sides


Sliding door permits taking samples from the fermenters without opening the side doors.



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Old 02-07-2009, 05:41 AM   #14
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Cool build. I love the ammo box. Does it get hot when the heat is on?
get's warm to the touch, but not hot enough to worry about... I thought about insulating the box in order to retain the heat, but it's doing a good enough job as it is
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:05 AM   #15
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Excellent build!

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Old 02-07-2009, 06:56 AM   #16
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Sounds good...what if you gutted a craigslist minifridge and just used the coils and compressor in a similar box for cooling purposes?

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Old 02-08-2009, 12:22 AM   #17
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that turned out really nice John, i like the pvc piping, does the fan run all the time or just when the bulbs are trying to heat?

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that turned out really nice John, i like the pvc piping, does the fan run all the time or just when the bulbs are trying to heat?
Fan and bulb are both connected to the PID.... and I've got it det with a one degree dead band so their isn't alot of on and off, it will stay off for about 20 min, then heat to the high end of the target temp, which takes about 10 minutes, then off again. I'm still running tests, it's maintained 70 deg for about a 24 hour period and I just set it to ramp up to 72. It will take about 2-3 hours to get there.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:40 AM   #19
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Very cool build but I would hardly call it "bare bones"
I thought this would be something I could throw together in an afternoon with crap that I found in my garage.

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Very cool build but I would hardly call it "bare bones"
I thought this would be something I could throw together in an afternoon with crap that I found in my garage.
Well, almost bare bones.... having the PID on my brew rig was cheating a little.... but the rest of it can be made very cheaply., all told, you could include the PID and SSR plus wire, switches and a panel box and do the whole thing for less than $200.00

The reason I called it bare bones is when you compare it to other ferment cabinets on this site... Mine becomes so ghetto, not even BierMuncher could stand to look at it.
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