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Old 06-04-2011, 01:00 AM   #1
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I'm Jake, I just signed up for the forum here at Homebrewtalk. I haven't been brewing much over the last few years, because I live in a studio apartment and the temperature in here (even in winter) isn't suitable for brewing. Its currently 76 degrees in here and the sun just set. In the winter it averages 72. I recently started building a fermentation chiller inside an existing cabinet in my kitchen, and figured I'd post it on here and see what people think. It's different than the typical ones I've researched online, but I think (hope!) it should work! I'm yet to install any fan(s) or thermostat, but that's next. Thanks for reading, and any advice is appreciated!! -Jake
http://youtu.be/3DUNH507GCo

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Old 06-04-2011, 02:30 AM   #2
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Very cool...if you had success with putting an ice pack down below, why put it up top with a fan? Also it would be interesting to see a fermenter with a thermometer in the center...to see how it temps out.

But very creative usage of your space! Happy Brewing!

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Old 06-04-2011, 03:53 AM   #3
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I wondered that myself, honestly. You think I should just fill a fermenter with water and place a long thermometer in it, and test it out??

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:08 AM   #4
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...by the way....I guess I should say, I don't 'think' it's good for brewing....I've tried two basic ales since I've lived here and both I couldn't get the ambient temperature down below 72 degrees, tops.

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:12 AM   #5
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Looks like the stove is right next to it. Have you tested it with the stove/oven on?

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:58 AM   #6
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Nope....another thing I didn't even think of. I hardly ever use the oven, but use the stovetop daily....

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I wondered that myself, honestly. You think I should just fill a fermenter with water and place a long thermometer in it, and test it out??
Yeah I would just feel a carboy up with 5 gallons of water, put a fresh ice pack in and check the temp in 4 hour increments...I would go with 4 hours because it will take a while for the internal temp of the water to change one way or the other.
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The reason you'd want to store the ice in a separate compartment is so that you can control the temperature inside the fermentation chamber. Without the fan wired to some sort of thermostat, though, you may as well just pack the fermentation chamber with ice.

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:08 PM   #9
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Well, I found this setup researching the chillers, and it comes with everything you need to wire it up.

http://www.coolerguys.com/840556082491.html

I'm and hands on guy, but being in an apartment, and soldering and etc, I'd rather just pay a few extra dollars and know that when I leave home, that it's safe. So, considering the small size of the holes, do you think that by having the ice up top, that with a fan intermittently blowing down from up above, that it should work like the son of a ferm chiller? I understand their design, as it pulls the air across the jugs and back into the main chamber, but being in my little 400 sq ft studio, I didn't want to add anything to my already small sq footage, so I figured using a cupboard would be awesome and out of the way.

I also figured that it being a solid structure, that the combination of my 2" insulation, and the wood i'm building it within would be great at keeping the temps in control. I wish I had a fan I could use to experiment with the temperatures.

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It should work great. A 120mm fan is approximately 5"x5"; what size are the holes shown in the video? Is there a reason you wouldn't wanna make them a little larger?

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