Time to move the fermenting "ale pales" out of the hallway closet. The temperature in there is not controllable and is steadily approaching 70° F+. After studying several under the workbench fermenting cabinets, I decided to design and build one on the shelf in my garage/brewery.
I scored a Haier Mini Fridge from a garage sale the other day for $15.It is a 2.5 cu. ft. model.
I cleaned it up, and set it on the shelf. Fits perfect.
I went to Lowe's and bought two 4'x8' sheets of 3/4" foil backed insulation foam. and started trimming in the cabinet. I have doubled the thickness, so it should have R9-R10 insulation factor.
Then I installed the front face of the cabinet. I re-used the door from the mini fridge. I made a seal out of galvanized steel used for roof flashing. The magnetic strip in the rubber door seal keeps the door closed tight.
I turned the fridge on last night, and it chilled down to 50°F by this morning.
I still have to finish installing insulation panels.
I plan on painting the front face on one side with blackboard paint, so I can make notes of what is brewing, and when it is due.
I am also planning to install a Love temp controller and a fan, and possibly a stir plate or yeast starter/ storage area.
The shelf area beneath the fermenting cabinet is going to be removed in the future, to store my brew rig that I am going to build soon.