I'm in an apartment right now without a whole lot of extra room for brewing.
I'd really like a little more control over my fermenting temperatures, since in the summer, the temps are higher than I want, and in the winter it gets colder than the yeast will like, and I'm unwilling to temperature control the entire apartment more than I do right now (we're fairly frugal and tend to just shut the heat off at night, letting the house drop pretty low, or in the summer we turn the AC off during the day and it gets very warm).
I would also like to eventually be able to keg my beer.
However, I really can't be putting more than one compact freezer/refrigerator unit anywhere in the house. As it is, it will be a little bit of a stretch but I am justifying it because we'll get the guest room bathtub back
I'm rattling around an idea in my head of buying a 5 cu. ft. freezer and partitioning it into two sections using insulation, a "hot side" and a "cold side".
I know this has been done with much larger units, but I am wondering if there are any brilliant ideas in this forum on how to do it with a smaller unit. For the hot side, I'd have to insulate all the way around to keep the wall with the cooling coils from cooling the fermenter. I'm thinking cutting a small hole in the insulation and installing a fan hooked up to the temperature controller might provide my cooling air into the fermentation chamber. I can use a fermwrap or similar to heat it when necessary.
Suggestions on types of insulation? Thoughts on doing this? Is this asking for a headache? I was assuming I could put the keg on the compressor hump and use the main chamber for the fermenter.