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Old 06-27-2011, 04:55 AM   #1
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I've been looking around but can't seem to find what I'm looking for. I want to convert a chest freezer into a fermentation chamber. I don't have a deep wallet, but I have the freezer, tools and the skills.. What is the simplest way to do this? Is there instructions somewhere and I just couldn't find them?

Thanks for any help

 
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:59 AM   #2
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You can get an Johnston controller from Midwest for about 50 bucks, or this

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guid...ontrol-249612/

I don't know how well the second method would work for a ferm chamber, unless you were lagering

 
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:03 AM   #3
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Nothing to do but make sure the freezer works and your fermenting buckets or carboys fit. Then hook up a temperature controller (lot's of options) and you are in business. You can buy temp controllers pre rigged or you can rig them your self. They come as digital or analogs. It is really easy to rig your own temperature controller.

This is a picture of a Ranco 111000 purchased from Patriot Supply on Ebay - under $50 shipped. Then purchase an appliance grade extension cord and find a wiring diagram and hook it up.

Hope it goes well. Let me know if you need a link to a wiring diagram
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:14 AM   #4
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ontroller.html

I'm sure theres cheaper alternatives, but this one is really easy. just plug-and-chill basically

 
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:16 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by cootball View Post
You can get an Johnston controller from Midwest for about 50 bucks, or this

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guid...ontrol-249612/

I don't know how well the second method would work for a ferm chamber, unless you were lagering
I think I'm going to use a controller. 50 bucks I can afford.

Thanks!!

 
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:17 AM   #6
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ontroller.html

I'm sure theres cheaper alternatives, but this one is really easy. just plug-and-chill basically
That's they way I'm gonna go. Thansks!

 
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:17 AM   #7
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Nothing to do but make sure the freezer works and your fermenting buckets or carboys fit. Then hook up a temperature controller (lot's of options) and you are in business. You can buy temp controllers pre rigged or you can rig them your self. They come as digital or analogs. It is really easy to rig your own temperature controller.

This is a picture of a Ranco 111000 purchased from Patriot Supply on Ebay - under $50 shipped. Then purchase an appliance grade extension cord and find a wiring diagram and hook it up.

Hope it goes well. Let me know if you need a link to a wiring diagram
Thank you so much! I'm gonna go that route.

 
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