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Old 09-26-2012, 08:56 PM   #11
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I'd love to see pics, looks like we're doing a similar approach. The only reason I'm going for a top loader is because the original door opening is to short to fit a carboy. Figured it'd be easier to cut out the drawer divider and seal up the front. I'm not 100% sold on that idea yet.
Ah. I built mine from scratch from 2x4's, 1/8" plywood walls, and a piece of 3/4" plywood for the top.

If your door opening won't fit a carboy (with or without an airlock?), then it may be better to make it top-opening so you don't have to tip your carboys over.

I will try to post some pics up for you tonight.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:11 PM   #12
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You could always insulate it tightly, and go with a TEC unit. Get one that has about 30-50 W of cooling capability, and it's all you'll need to stay in the 50's F. The plus note is that they are low power. Check out custom TEC solutions for premade cooling units (not related to me in any way).
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:35 AM   #13
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Default Ok, here are a few pictures showing the progression of the chamber.

Its not done yet, but will be soon if I can get any time to work on it the rest of this week/weekend.

Dimensions are 4 feet long, 2 feet deep, and 3 feet tall (outside dimensions).

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:36 AM   #14
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Default And one more with the doors open...

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Old 09-27-2012, 01:55 AM   #15
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Mr. Idiot, that's a fine piece of equipment.

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Mr. Idiot, that's a fine piece of equipment.
Thanks! I've got about $200 in it so far (although that includes $100 for buying TWO additional mini-fridges after the first -free- one sprang a coolant leak).

It actually looks a lot nicer in person than that hasty photo suggests. Its a very nice rubbed cherry stain. I've taken on the mind set lately that if I'm going to build something, it might as well be furniture quality, and something I won't mind having in the house.

In fact, I had planned on having it live in the laundry room (where most fermenting/cleaning/bottling activities take place) but SWMBO likes it so much she suggest I move it into the house somewhere...

If I manage to get it finished anytime soon, I will definitely be posting up a complete build thread. So keep your eye out .
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Looking good! After messing around with my cabinet yesterday I think I'm going to make it a front loader. All I have to do is slightly tilt the carboy to fit past the door opening and then it'll set in there fine. Took off the drawer front for the top part and think I can maybe mount the temp control right to it. Are you adding the mini fridge on the side and just taking the door off or are you going to gut the fridge?

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Old 09-27-2012, 01:51 PM   #18
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Are you adding the mini fridge on the side and just taking the door off or are you going to gut the fridge?
I have gutted the mini-fridge. I got one with the coils on the back, rather than embedded in the walls.

This way, I just have to mount the coils on the side panel of the chamber, the compressor on that little ledge at the bottom, and the cooling coil goes through the side into the chamber. Takes up much less space than keeping the body of the fridge and attaching a chamber to it.

When I get home tonight, I'll post up a couple pics of that as well. I haven't completely removed the coils/compressor from the mini-fridge, but all I have to do is undo a few screws and it will be free.

Its amazing what a sawzall with a metal cutting blade can do to a mini-fridge...
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Here's a couple pics of the mini-fridge I'm using.

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I have gutted the mini-fridge. I got one with the coils on the back, rather than embedded in the walls....
Do you remember the make of the one you have with the coils on the exterior? I can't remember if mine are internal or external. I may have to spring for a new mini fridge if mine is the wrong style. I was thinking if I ran into that issue I would just buy a used full sized fridge and use it as is. There are a few used dealers who have fridges and other appliances really cheap. Most of em are repaired haul offs from other major retailers like sears or the big box hardware chains. Hmmmmm, got me thinkin now. I like the wood cabinet idea a lot, especially the usable furniture aspect so I may have to modify my plans yet again.... Darn now I am confused again.
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