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Old 09-12-2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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I'm tired of using my swamp cooler and exchanging the water bottles 2x daily and only having room for one carboy. So I'm thinking of either building a fermentation chamber with foam board or trying to find a large deep freezer. Obviously there's a slight cost difference freezer (off CL)+temp controller > foam board and computer fan.

Does anyone have any strong opinions of one over the other? Or has anyone just had a major fail with the foam board and wished you had just bought the freezer the first time?


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Old 09-13-2010, 12:20 AM   #2
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I made a fermentation chamber out of an refrigerator. I see these all the time on Craigslist for little or nothing. If you could get a cheap fridge and a Johnston controller it might be the same price as the foam board (or close).


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Old 09-13-2010, 03:58 AM   #3
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Do this http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/side...-build-105054/

Use one of these http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/

fridge = free to 50$
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controller = 30$
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Misc=20$
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:58 PM   #4
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I saw both of those builds and I very well might use the controller, but I'm not sure I really want to go destroy a side by side fridge like that. Especially since I know I'm moving in a year and a half. At least if I leave the fridge/freezer intact maybe I can sell it to someone.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:35 PM   #5
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Old fridges and freezers are a dime a dozen, sometimes even free here in Jersey, look around for an old one on the cheap rather than try and build something out of new materials.

 
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:02 PM   #6
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Build = fun and DIY, but if you are on a budget, the time and materials will go a long ways toward a chest freezer and a temp controller. I tried to build one, got halfway done, and with all the time and money I put into the design and materials, I could have already found one on Craigslist and bought a controller [which youll have to do anyway]


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