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Old 02-14-2008, 12:53 AM   #1
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I want to build a fermentation chiller similar to the one designed by Ken Schwartz, however I am experiencing difficulties in finding polystyrene board. Does anyone know where I might be able to purchase some in northern California, or even online?

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Old 02-14-2008, 12:59 AM   #2
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I couldn't find any of the thick stuff here in my town either.... Lowes (at least here) sells some that is 3/4" thick in 4x8 sheets... Its made by Dow, is blue, and has an R4 value. I wound up buying that and sandwiching 3 sheets together with glue. I've read that it's used in commercial construction and scraps can be had if you ask the right person, but I didn't try that route.

Good luck!

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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Air conditioning ductwork is also an option.

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i found some at home depot. it was only 1½", but it works great. i built the "son-of-fermentation" chiller with it.

i'll post the name of the foam when i get home (if i remember)

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Old 02-14-2008, 02:18 AM   #5
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Try a local lumber yard... they'll have it.

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Old 02-14-2008, 03:52 AM   #6
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On the construction high rise jobs I worked on they used 4' x 8' x 2" thick blue foam board as an insulating material before pouring light weight concrete above the mechanical rooms. It was rated at R 3.8 per/in.

Hey DeathBrewer; how far away are ya from High Street going into Alameda?

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