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impur 05-09-2011 04:05 PM

My DIY fermentation chamber
 
I've been getting more esters in my beers than i like, and I know its due to fermentation temps. So in an effort to have consistent temps for fermenting my beers i builit this.

For a temp controller i'm DIYing a hvac thermostat like a few others have done on here, and i'll be adding a small fan to circulate the air inside the chamber.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/5bd34d9d.jpg

Door off and 6gal carboy for measuring

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3800.jpg

1" styro insulation

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3801.jpg

Since i'm going to put this under one of my workbenches in the garage, and because the access is thru the top, i decided to built a platform and put casters on it to make it easier to move around

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3803.jpg

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I put a strip of weather stripping on each end of the styro. This is the bottom

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3806.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3807.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3808.jpg

impur 05-09-2011 04:06 PM

I just continued to add sides and tape

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3809.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3811.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3812.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3813.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3814.jpg

All done and ready to go, just need to finish up the controller!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...r/DSCN3815.jpg

GatorDad 05-09-2011 04:08 PM

Very clever!

impur 05-09-2011 04:09 PM

I ran it for about 2 hrs and temps were hoving at 40

broadbill 05-09-2011 04:15 PM

Looks good, but you might want to consider building a frame under the plywood layer. I would expect that plywood to flex in the middle when you drop a loaded carboy into the chamber. Might not be a problem, but the flex may also cause the duct taped joints to loosen/break/etc.

Just a thought...

impur 05-09-2011 04:15 PM

Good idea thanks, i'll check on it with a full carboy tonight.

ere109 05-09-2011 04:52 PM

If you took pics while building your controller, please post pics. I'd be curious to see how people are wiring HVAC thermostats up.

camiller 05-09-2011 05:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ere109 (Post 2906751)
If you took pics while building your controller, please post pics. I'd be curious to see how people are wiring HVAC thermostats up.

This isn't impur's but another members, http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-temp-controller-build-133364/

wedge421 05-09-2011 05:44 PM

Looks good man! Super clean and basic.

impur 05-09-2011 06:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ere109 (Post 2906751)
If you took pics while building your controller, please post pics. I'd be curious to see how people are wiring HVAC thermostats up.

Yah i sure will!


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