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Old 03-28-2009, 01:19 AM   #31
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I was thinking of doing something similar, but was going to use a small 110 ac window unit we bought a couple of years ago to cool the tent when camping. I think its around 5,000 btu's and a decent fan for circulation, but I'll have to catch and pump the condensation out of the garage. Any idea if it would reach lagering temps?

 
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:33 AM   #32
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I'm thinking about taking a minifridge and just putting sheathing around it, leaving the back of the fridge uncovered. Is there anything I'm not thinking of that will keep this from working?

 
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:39 AM   #33
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I was thinking of doing something similar, but was going to use a small 110 ac window unit we bought a couple of years ago to cool the tent when camping. I think its around 5,000 btu's and a decent fan for circulation, but I'll have to catch and pump the condensation out of the garage. Any idea if it would reach lagering temps?
you could freeze the beer if u wanted to

 
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:43 PM   #34
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I'm thinking about taking a minifridge and just putting sheathing around it, leaving the back of the fridge uncovered. Is there anything I'm not thinking of that will keep this from working?
I think that would work, but you just have to seal everything up really well. Cold air is going to find every little crack and escape which will be running that fridge constantly. I sealed my stuff with some exterior silicone window/door sealant and gooped it in every little corner I could. I'm hoping this will be sufficient when the really hot weather hits.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:10 PM   #35
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I mean the back (or more specifically, the coils) of the fridge have to be OUTSIDE the box, right? So the heat would transfer out of the box?

 
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:23 PM   #36
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An 8,000 or 9,000 btu portable A/c unit would do the trick, right? I have access to either for a low price, so I am thinking of using them instead of a window unit (that way all the noise is contained in the well-insulated cabinet). They have tubes to dump moisture that I would have to seal through the wall.

 
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:06 PM   #37
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That is an awesome build! Good job. Do you have that computer fan setup to run when the fridge is running, or do you just plug it in and have it circulating during the whole fermentation?

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Old 04-12-2009, 02:55 PM   #38
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That is an awesome build! Good job. Do you have that computer fan setup to run when the fridge is running, or do you just plug it in and have it circulating during the whole fermentation?

Glenn
Thanks! It is hooked up to the Johnson thermostat, so turns on at the same time as the fridge. So far that's worked pretty good, and I'm able to get down to lagering temps without the fridge kicking on too often.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:56 PM   #39
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An 8,000 or 9,000 btu portable A/c unit would do the trick, right? I have access to either for a low price, so I am thinking of using them instead of a window unit (that way all the noise is contained in the well-insulated cabinet). They have tubes to dump moisture that I would have to seal through the wall.
Yep, that would work too. I think the main thing is good insulation and sealing the chamber.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:58 PM   #40
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I mean the back (or more specifically, the coils) of the fridge have to be OUTSIDE the box, right? So the heat would transfer out of the box?
Yes, and some fridges have coils running along the outside walls of the fridge to get rid of that heat. That's why my fridge is entirely outside the chamber. I noticed that during operation the walls of the fridge get pretty hot.
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