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Old 01-08-2013, 02:44 AM   #1
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Default Fermentation Chamber build

Hi everyone. I've been lurking the past few weeks and really learning a lot from everyone. Since it is the slow season for my job I decided to build a couple of projects for my home brewery. First thing I did was build a workbench for the cellar, where I do all of my fermenting and and storing of my equipment and bottled beer.


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I also wanted to have better control over my fermentation temps down there so I am in process of building a fermentation chamber that will fit neatly underneath the work bench. I decided to go with the stc-1000 controller because it seemed like a fun and easy build. I'm waiting for some neutrik powerCon connectors to be shipped from markertek that I'm using for my power connections before I can finish the controller.

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And here is the chamber so far



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I'm going to use 1.5" r max insulation for the inside and I've got an old mini fridge in storage that I'm going to cannibalize for the cooling innards and use a 40 watt ceramic reptile heater lamp for the heating source. I bought an ac fan from my local electronic parts store that I'm going to trigger with a relay.

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Old 01-08-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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Looking great! Looks like you have some priorities in line...

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Thanks. Yeah I do have some priorities in mind. I want to focus on yeast health and fermentation. So that my outcomes are consistent

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do you have a stir plate for building yeast starters yet? That will be a huge step for yeast health.

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Not yet. I'm going to be building one this week. It's one of a couple projects I'm tackling this week.

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subscribed! looking forward to watching your process!

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Looks like a busy week. The DIY stirplate is awesome. Easy to do and way cheaper!

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Here is some of yesterday's progress.

I got the front test fitted and the doors cut out.


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I discovered that the racks I bought aren't exactly 24" wide so once the insulation goes in there will be about 1.5" gap between them. So in the future if I ever want to make this a two chamber build, so I can lager on one side, I have the option.
I started wiring up the electrical for the compressor, the heat lamp and circulation fan.


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I got the controller 90% complete, enough that I was able to power it up and make sure it was seeing the probe. The parts, neutrik powerCon out connectors, I have ordered from markertek won't arrive till the end of the day Monday. Those will go in the holes you see.


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Got everything mocked up and painted

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Test fitted the insulation panels before disassembling the whole thing in order to move it into my cellar

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Reassembled in the cellar and glued the back, sides and floor insulation in place

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Tomorrow I hope to get the doors painted and the rest of the insulation cut and glued in place. Saturday I plan on installing the refrigerator lines, circulation fan and the heat lamp.

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That looks pretty great so far. I built a temporary fermentation chamber using the same wire shelving inside to hold the carboys. You may want to fill up two carboys with 6 gallons of water and put them on the shelving to see how much they flex when they're in place. Each section of the shelving holds two 6 gallon better bottles but they flex so much that they dip toward each section's center.

You may want reinforcing each section before you build it into the final chamber, but consider at least checking how much they'll flex when under full load.

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