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AndMan3030 12-31-2012 07:48 PM

School me on Fermentation Chambers!!!!
Hello HBT!

I am looking to build a ferm chamber that can hold 4 carboys. I would like to have stable temp range from 32 deg F - to 75 deg F. I am building this 'chamber' in my laundry room, and have ample room to work with. I would like to get some ideas from this awesome brewing rescource. Please post ideas for the build with materials and equipment in mind. Also, Pics would be great.


beluedog 12-31-2012 08:11 PM

10 cubic foot chest freezer with 2 stage temp controller

Jaybird 12-31-2012 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by beluedog (Post 4732765)
10 cubic foot chest freezer with 2 stage temp controller

Yeah, no kidding right!...Easy like Sunday morning!

Huaco 12-31-2012 08:49 PM

I have a 15cu ft. chest freezer. (3) 15 gallon malt drums from my LHBS. PLENTY of ferm space! I built the STC-1000 2-stage controller... It is controlling my other ferm chamber right now. I am beta-testing a new product called the Fermostat on my chest chamber right now. So far, it is chugging right along on it's lager schedule I set up.

beluedog 12-31-2012 08:49 PM

Yep. No joke. Probably have a hard time matching the efficiency of a commercially built unit. I'm adding Ferm/keezer control into a BCS 462 eHerms build over the next month.

AndMan3030 01-02-2013 03:42 PM

Thanks for the help. I was going to build it, but I have already converted 1 chest freezer for my taps, and it was very easy. I suppose finding a larger chest freezer for the ferm chamber woud be better than building one. Cheers!

DerekJ 01-02-2013 03:49 PM

Just a thought...you might want to consider 2 smaller freezers. If you do it all in one then you will need to maintain the same temperature for all simultaneous fermentations. If you have 2 then you could do lagers in one and ales in the other.

Huaco 01-02-2013 04:59 PM

Or, as I plan to do, buy 2 single stage aquarium controllers and use them to heat individual fermentation vessels. I will set the main controller to the coldest ferm temp and then use the other two to control each vessel individually and all in the same chamber.

Hoppopotomus 01-02-2013 07:38 PM

Or if you don't want a big azz freezer in your laundry room, build dual chambers and have them match your decor. Here's a link to mine.


Good luck.....can't wait to see what ya come up with! :mug:

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