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John Beere 05-24-2008 04:14 AM

My New Fermentation Cabinets
I have a lot of projects going on right now... Today, I bought two 13.7 cu ft frost free upright freezers to convert to fermentation cabinets for my new 14 gallon fermenators. I chose freezers over refrigerators because I can safely drop them below freezing to help clear the beer - ala "bright tanks". I also ordered two Love controllers. Man I love those things...

I got one wired up this evening but had to use a piece of scrap wire as I didn't have what I needed, so I can't finish it up until tomorrow.

I'm very pleased and think they are going to look very professional when finished.

Here is my first test run after figuring out the wiring:

And after installing in the door:

Jaybird 05-24-2008 04:30 AM

Nice !! where are you getting the Love controlers?? and How much $$$

John Beere 05-24-2008 04:33 AM


Originally Posted by Jaybird (Post 688765)
Nice !! where are you getting the Love controlers?? and How much $$$

From Cole-Parmer @ http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr....asp?cls=25656 They are $49 each...

I've used both Ranco and Love and really prefer the Loves due to their smaller form factor and installation options.

Jaybird 05-24-2008 04:42 AM

Sweet!!! thats a killer price..
Man I have been spending a bunch of time on your "walk in cooler" thread.... I am getting pumped. What does that thing cost to run do you think??? less than a LARGE (TRUE) two door pepsi fridge ??

John Beere 05-24-2008 04:46 AM

I haven't put the kill-a-watt back on it for some time but the last time I did was during the entire month of August. I forget the exacts but it ended up costing $12~14 for the month... pretty nuts. Its still running strong at 34 degrees. In fact, I just loaded 500 lbs of grain in it today:


Jaybird 05-24-2008 04:59 AM

ya I saw that thread Killer Bro just KILLER!!! "12-14 for the month" NOT BAD!! Looks like you have some brewing to do!!

John Beere 05-24-2008 05:05 AM

I gotta get all these projects done first... can't even maneuver through all the construction right now. Yeah, I'm completely satisfied with the walk-in cooler. We use it for everything from my brewing supplies and kegged beer to excess groceries and sodas.

John Beere 05-25-2008 04:21 AM

Got one of the fermentation cabinets finished this evening. I replaced the inner door with textured sheeting like in my walk-in cooler. That stuff is $30 per sheet and the freezer door is too large to cut two solid door panels out of one sheet - so I had to improvise and piece it together at the bottom.

I screwed up a little on my measurements for the hole for the backside of the controller - had to re-cut so its way bigger than it should have been. I blame it on the beer. Oh well, at least it is on the inside...



Jaybird 05-25-2008 05:56 AM

your a mad man!!!!:rockin:

brrman 05-25-2008 03:17 PM

We have that freezer! Hmm would the SHMBO mind I wonder?
Did you add anything else besides the Love and the sheeting?

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