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Old 05-09-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default 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.



Door off and 6gal carboy for measuring



1" styro insulation



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







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





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Old 05-09-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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I just continued to add sides and tape











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

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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Very clever!

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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I ran it for about 2 hrs and temps were hoving at 40

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
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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...

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

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:52 PM   #7
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If you took pics while building your controller, please post pics. I'd be curious to see how people are wiring HVAC thermostats up.

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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/
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:44 PM   #9
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Looks good man! Super clean and basic.

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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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