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gx1400 06-27-2012 07:44 PM

Mini Fridge for 6.5 gallon carboy fermenting? Vassani wine fridge from Home Depot?
 
I apartment brew so space is a huge factor. I'm trying to find a fermentation chamber that will fit a 6.5 gallon carboy + 3 piece air lock. Thread searches seem to pop up two options:

- Avanti 2.5 cu ft fridge - requires you to cut the fridge door shelves off (not really an issue), and it kind of hard to find. Won't fit 3 piece air lock with 6.5 gallon glass carboy?
- Vassani 52-bottle wine chiller from home depot - Not sure it gets cold enough for lagering.

When I buy a house, someday I plan to build it into a chamber that can fit 3 carboys, but I don't have the space now and just need enough space for 1 at a time.

Anyone have suggestions for a fermentation chamber?

neosapien 06-27-2012 07:53 PM

I use the vassani as my fermentation chamber and it does the job. It'll get down to mid 40s quite easily with a 6gal carboy in it. The airlock will either need to be pushed down to avoid the lighting on the top, or just use a blow-off tube. There's even a convenient little ledge on the back of it to hold the blow-off jar. Best part of the vissani is that when i get the deep freezer built out, i still have a wine fridge enough to hold a lot of beer with modified racks. Lack of space is a bit of a problem, but (for ales) I keep brewed batches in the fridge for a couple of weeks at appropriate temps and then just swamp cooler them with a 2L ice bottle in a big thermo-bag (like the kind you get for picnics at sam's). It'll slowly warm up to maybe 68 over the course of a week in a texas house.

carlisle_bob 06-28-2012 12:27 AM

Hi

Are you stuck for floor space or for volume space? There are a lot of creative solutions depending on exactly what you can put where.

Bob

ingchr1 06-28-2012 01:29 AM

I use the Vissani as well. Here's the link to my build thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/viss...hamber-290663/

gx1400 06-28-2012 01:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carlisle_bob (Post 4207999)
Hi

Are you stuck for floor space or for volume space? There are a lot of creative solutions depending on exactly what you can put where.

Bob

Floor space really. As I said I'm in an apartment and my roommate puts up with my hobby for the prospect of beer to fill my keezer, but I try to keep the equipment out of his way and in my room.


Quote:

Originally Posted by ingchr1 (Post 4208161)
I use the Vissani as well. Here's the link to my build thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/viss...hamber-290663/

Does it get down to lagering temps?

gx1400 06-28-2012 01:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ingchr1 (Post 4208161)
I use the Vissani as well. Here's the link to my build thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/viss...hamber-290663/

Ack I should have read your entire thread first. I see you bypassed the thermostat. That should be simple enough, although I prefer a solution that just keeps the thermostat at it's lowest setting and switches power with the controller.

I have a lead on a Sanyo 4912 on CL, but if that doesn't pan out, this may be just what I do. I like the heat tape too, I was wondering how I might heat it.

ekjohns 06-28-2012 01:42 AM

Your best bet is to find a 4.4 cf fridge of clist for $50 and build a small collar

ODI3 06-29-2012 04:32 AM

Most fridges should fit one carboy, I use SS 6 gallon pots and stack them. rather than airlocks, i recommend blowoff tubes, they fit where airlocks dont as well as prevent blowoffs.

jborgy 09-12-2012 05:02 PM

Could the thermostat on these wine fridges just be adjusted the same way that people adjust the thermostat on chest freezers? that would help avoid the re-wiring.

ODI3 09-13-2012 04:00 AM

Yep


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