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Old 10-05-2007, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default two room cold room plan

I want to build a cold room. The space available is 4'6" x 12' I think two sections with two ac units would give me the best control. I could put one conical in each and make whatever I wished. My glycol chiller is dead (at least for now) and besides, I would love a place to store finished beer that was ut of the elements. I have read John Beer's write up and many others, but what advice do you all have to offer?

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Old 10-05-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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DO IT.


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Old 10-05-2007, 07:13 PM   #3
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Does it sound like a good idea or a stupid waste of time and energy?

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I think it is a good idea. I could probably use 2 more chest freezers (total of 3 then) for lagering, storage etc all that take up space and power. Then I got wine bottles sitting in areas in the house where it's too warm. A room would be awesome to have and I know exactly where in my place I could do such a thing too. I like the split in two areas thought as well.

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Old 10-05-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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Seriously,
It depends if you have the time, energy, space and $$$ to waste?
I know you are looking for a new project.
I love the idea and think I'd do it if I had all of the above.

I think I'd make the second a dual purpose general storage area so you could put both fermenters in one if they need the same temp. Or can shut one down when not fermenting to save $$$$

Can you heat with an AC unit as well?

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No, but a controller could run a small heater as well. New Mexico gets hot and cold so I would need both. I just really don't want to waste my brewing time and energy on batches without good temperature control.

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Is the space inside the house or something built outside/garage?

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So, would each room have a separate temperature control?

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It would be in the garage and each space/conical would have a controller/probe.

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It would be in the garage.
Yea, that's my spot too. It's a storage, toolbench area today and probably about the same dimensions. All walls are there and even has a window for an AC unit. I'd need to build out the ceiling and a whole bunch of insulation in the John Beere model and a door.

My thoughts have been to keep the 1 chest freezer in there just for the 40 degree storage / lagering and keep the rest of the area in the low-mid 60s 365 days a year. Someday maybe.. good luck if you do it!
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