figured i'd post this up in case it would help anyone.
I Along with everyone else during the summer is going to have some issues controlling fermentation temps properly. So in my searching for something better then the swamp cooler and ice, and really not wanting to build the son of a fermentation chamber. I ran across a few people using wine chillers. so on went the craigslist hunt! after a day or two, i came across a 30 bottle haier wine chiller and contacted them. after work i rushed over and had it in my car... was a little bit larger then i was thinking, but the bigger the better!
Best part of this is... it holds my 6.5 gallon buckets with room for the airlock and a few inches above that without a hitch. Also, you can specify the temperature from 45-65 degrees which is perfect for me! i figure the temps inside the bucket are going to be a few degrees warmer, so if it does really heat up in there i can just knock it down a few degrees and cold crash it later on. and it was only $90! now i have it plugged in and running, and holding at 45 degrees (from 81 in about 6-7 minutes) to test it out a bit. i haven't tested fermentation in it just yet (that is tonight/tomorrow) i'll let you guys know how it turns out
anyone who uses these have any tips??
Here it is about 2 minutes after i plugged it in, so it is showing 74, but got too giddy to not take a picture
Better beer, here i come!