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Old 08-04-2011, 12:46 AM   #1
xcender
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Hello all... like the title says this is post numero uno.

My first major homebrew project was this chamber. Came out how I wanted it too just hope that it will regulate the way I had planned out in my head.

The chamber is big enough to house 6 6 gallon ferm buckets/carboys, and tall enough for corney kegs (which is the next logical transition). These 2 ideas were the preface to this build.

Some of what you can't see is that at the top and bottom I have also installed R-13 insulation to fill the gaps, and add a little more protection from the outside temp (which it is warm here in VA Beach... 90's everyday). All the electrical I opted to run inside the unit in the rare event that this beast needs to be moved it can and be plugged back in. The switch is there just as a "mains" switch.

I used the ebay aquarium temp controller.


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Old 08-04-2011, 12:47 AM   #2
xcender
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Just a few more


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Old 08-04-2011, 01:43 AM   #3
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WOW.. thats a super nice chamber... Glad it can hold 6.. i see a pipeline in your future....
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:02 PM   #4
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Nice build! Looks not overly engineered, i like.

I totally get why you would do it this way, but the electricians here will complain about the male-male power cable feeding the thing. theory being if you unplug it from the chamber, you then have a hot cable dangling. Nitpicky....but just don't forget about it.

 
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:57 PM   #5
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I totally get why you would do it this way, but the electricians here will complain about the male-male power cable feeding the thing..
It is a anti-SWMBO measure, now that would teach anyone not to mess with your fermenter!

Nice build

Clem

 
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:01 AM   #6
xcender
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Jasper, thanks for the reply. Hindsight being 20/20 I would have just ran the cable from the my common box to the outside with enough cable to plug in to the wall to avoid the safety hazard. Guess I can just put a cover on the box and wire in the cable.

Clem- Thanks for the reply, and if anyone plans to mess with this box they are in for a rude awakening.

 
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:46 PM   #7
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Looks very similiar to what I built. Unfortunately, my mini fridge couldn't cool it. Left it run for three days and it maybe got to 60. It was an older fridge, but maybe it was just too small for what I built....oh well. Just started to build a keezer instead.

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:06 AM   #8
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Here is the schematic for what I did as well... pretty much the same as everyone else's, but I opted for 2 plugs per cycle (hot - cool).
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:58 AM   #9
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Do you have any fans inside of it at all? Reason being that without fans, the far end of it might be quite a bit warmer than the fridge end, even with the fridge's thermostat working right.

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:20 AM   #10
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