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Old 12-29-2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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Hi guys.

I have a completely broken fridge I'd like to turn into a fermentation chamber. Ideally, I could do this without the use of costly electronics (or any at all).

Would a few frozen jugs in the veggie tray work?

It's a typical looking fridge.

Any ideas would be great. Thanks in advance!

 
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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Hi guys.

I have a completely broken fridge I'd like to turn into a fermentation chamber. Ideally, I could do this without the use of costly electronics (or any at all).

Would a few frozen jugs in the veggie tray work?

It's a typical looking fridge.

Any ideas would be great. Thanks in advance!
Yes, it will work. I've been doing this for several years with an old broken fridge. I put frozen 2 liter PET bottles in it for cooling and a small heater when warming is required (which isn't very often). I monitor the temp in the fridge and add the frozen water bottles as needed. It works much better than I ever expected and it's really not much trouble to switch out the bottles. This time of year, I just put the bottles outside my back door and jack frost freezes them for me at zero cost.

 
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:31 PM   #3
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I did that for a little while last year when my fermentation fridge died. It worked as a stop gap measure but became enough of a hassle (let alone not being real precise on the temperatures), that I went out and found an old fridge for 50 bucks in the paper.

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:44 AM   #4
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Awesome! So I'm definitely going to go with the frozen bottle method until I can either fix this fridge or buy another for cheap. Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to freeze some bottles and see how many I need to get the temp right.

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:26 AM   #5
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Awesome! So I'm definitely going to go with the frozen bottle method until I can either fix this fridge or buy another for cheap. Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to freeze some bottles and see how many I need to get the temp right.
If you have the space, keep the broken fridge even if you get another to replace it. It's a good place to store bottled beer and anything else you want to keep in the dark.

 
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:14 AM   #6
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If you have the space, keep the broken fridge even if you get another to replace it. It's a good place to store bottled beer and anything else you want to keep in the dark.
Like the secret porn stash that the wife doesn't know about. Plus bottled beer of course.

 
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