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Old 06-09-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default fermentation chamber help needed

I need to build a fermentation chamber. I want to do the mini fridge thing. Has anyone ever used a wine fridge as the base since it can be ran at higher temps and has a nice thermostat with digital display.
I found one for 150 bucks that is like new. anyone have any input?


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Old 06-09-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
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It seems to me one of the guys on the cooper's forums did just that. Check out http://www.coopers.com.au/


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Why don't you try posting in the equipment or DIY section. This is the beginner's forum.
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Depending on the max temp of the fridge you can do ales or lagers in it fine. Just keep out of sunlight if it has the pretty glass front.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:05 PM   #5
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I need to build a fermentation chamber. I want to do the mini fridge thing. Has anyone ever used a wine fridge as the base since it can be ran at higher temps and has a nice thermostat with digital display.
I found one for 150 bucks that is like new. anyone have any input?
You will need to get it down to 30F if you want to lager. you will need a temp controller to do that. I think Wine fridges do not go below 40F so I am not sure if the temp controller will do the job of bypassing the internal thermostat. I think you are better off getting a dorm fridge
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i have a wine fridge that i will use for this purpose, it just BARELY doesn't fit one of my big carboys in it (i'll put a small 2x4 collar on the front to accommodate this), but it would fit a more narrow carboy or a bucket fine. there's plenty of room in the top for airlocks, etc. it fits corny kegs also. i just took the thermostat out of the fridge and connected the red and black wires so it will just run when plugged in. i have it hooked up to a temp controller and it works like a charm.
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You will need to get it down to 30F if you want to lager. you will need a temp controller to do that. I think Wine fridges do not go below 40F so I am not sure if the temp controller will do the job of bypassing the internal thermostat. I think you are better off getting a dorm fridge
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I've heard that the temp swings in a wine fridge are pretty large, I'd use an external thermostat with the probe taped to the carboy/fermenter.
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Default Easy to do a dorm fridge

Hell, I just did it and it only took me like 2-3 hours to complete it. It isn't pretty, but it does work! Highest temperature I can turn the dial to is about 58F. If I turn the dial any lower, it shuts off. I ordered an aquarium temp controller and that should solve my problem if I need to go higher, but it is great for lagering as is, that's for sure!

P.S. I bought the fridge on craigslist for 50 bucks and the plywood I had lying around. Then I went to HD and bought the insulating foam 4x8 (13 bucks) should be enough for 2 dorm fridge conversions, at least. (controller cost me $26 on ebay)

Just wanted to give you an idea of what it took me to do it
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