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Old 02-12-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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So I'm already planning my second batch of beer as my first one has turned out okay. I obviously want to get better and better at this and realize besides sanitation, temperature control is key as well. So if I went out and bought a chest freezer to turn into a fermentation chamber, would all I need to buy besides the freezer are some Johnson Controls? I don't have a ton of time to devote to making a fermentation chamber from scratch so this sounds like it would be the best option for me. I'm sure I could lager in it as well correct?
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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Yep, a temperature controller and a fridge or freezer is all you need for fermentation temperature control. Plug the controller into the wall, plug the refrig/freezer into the controller, put the temperature probe from the controller inside refrig/freezer, set the temp on the controller and you're done. They have analog and digital ones, like the ones here: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...rature-control

But you can pick one of these up anywhere online, ebay, other homebrew retailers, etc. And you can definitely lager in one of these.

 
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Good to hear, thanks for the info. Looks like this will be the way I go, now to find a cheap freezer. Craigslist here I come!
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:41 PM   #4
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Question? With a small chest freezer with a temp controller is there a concern about condensation build up at fermentation temps? What are the options for keeping that to a minimum? I ask because I am planning on getting a 5-6 cu. ft chest freezer for ferm control

 
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