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Old 08-01-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Redheaded Stepchild of Fermentation Chiller

After discovering the need for someway to cool my carboy, I searched for ideas and found quite a few: Swamp Cooler method, Converted Fridge, Widow A/C built into a Closet in the garage. But none of them struck my fancy (and fulfilled my need to spend a whole weekend making SWMBO worry that I'd finally lost it) as much as the Son of Fermentation Chiller.
What a fantastic idea I thought. But 50-70$ in materials was pushing my luck with the already skeptical of my new hobby Mrs. Madcow. So off I went to design a cheaper version with equal performance.

Behold: the 0$, Redheaded Stepchild of Fermentation Chiller!

Working in a box factory provided me with unlimited amounts of construction materials:


A Little something to make it stick:


10 sheets of A-Flute Corrugated Fiberboard equals 2in. Plenty thick enough:

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Old 08-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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coming together:

The eleventh board is coated in parrafin wax(think frozen chicken boxes) this acts as a vapor barrier and keeps condensation from passing to the non coated boards:

Had a fan laying around and the thermomostat is from the old gas furnace that used to be in this house. Had it rewire it to make it cool instead of heat.

Ta Da:

my red healer checking on the brew with me:

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Old 08-01-2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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Fixed the pics.

Sorry bout the noobness

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Old 08-01-2010, 06:11 PM   #4
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All I see are little RED Xs!

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Looks great.

Does it do the job?

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Nice! I see the pics now! That should do the job!

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Looks pretty cool!

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Its working great!

air temp is hovering around 62* . The fermometer says my beer is staying at 65*

change out the frozen 2L soda bottles that i use every 8 hours or so

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Mrs. Madcow cann't hang you out to dry for that...., Well, except for the space issue. Very nice use of found materials. Best of the best in DIY. Me, I am stuck with a water bath for a while. Not near as "sexy."

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That looks pretty nice. Actually has a better look than the 2" foamboards of the son of fermentation chiller. Great job!

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