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Old 10-14-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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Well to be true it is. Living in South Florida its really hard to keep steady fermenting temps and I'm not cool with only brewing during the winter months. When the door to my mini fridge decided to rust off I was lucky enough to talk the wife into letting me gut the thing and build a fermentation chamber.

The chamber will be large enough to hold two carboys with two corny kegs between them. The fridge guts will be built into the chamber and ill be using a STC-1000 temp controller to control it. I'll also be putting in a PC fan for air movement.

The STC-1000 resets to 50F when power is lost so I need to figure out if I want to put it on an UPS or make up some power loss indicator to let me know I need to reset it.

Ill be getting most of the wood for free from a very large shipping box we received at work. Ill end up covering it with paneling later on. We are still in the process of unloading the box so the build wont start for a few days.

The pics below are of the items I have on hand.







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Old 10-17-2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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Lost power this weekend and my controller kept the numbers I had set it to. Cool, now no need for an UPS.

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Old 10-17-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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There can never be too many fermentation chamber threads.

 
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:45 AM   #4
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I know its been a long time from my last post but like I said I'm doing this on a budget and I finally got the materials I needed to start.

I started this past weekend and the pics below show what I did.








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Old 01-25-2012, 02:47 AM   #5
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Tonight I put on the bottom and wheels, mounted the compressor and condenser, and started sealing all the seems.








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Old 01-26-2012, 12:33 PM   #6
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All I did last night was just paint it inside and out.




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Old 01-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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SCORE , I'm home this weekend and was cleaning out the shed this morning when I found a roll of this and two kits of gray epoxy paint. Its the type where you have to mix the hardener with the paint. I've used this stuff before for my john boat. If you mix it up and don't use it, the next day it will be a solid piece of gray rubber. I plan on putting a few coats on everything and then putting the reflectix insulation on the back to protect the wood from the heat of the condenser.

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #8
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Not sure how much wood you have in total. Pretty sure if you doubled the wood up and made inside and outside walls it would keep the cold in a lot better!

can't wait to afford a similar project.

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #9
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Awesome man!

This is pretty much exactly what mine will be like except a few things.
- I gutted a "redbull fridge" like the ones you see in gas stations so now I have a fridge unit in the shape of a cube.
- I'm in washington so I have to include a way to heat it. I was thinking of going with a reptile lamp.

Other than that I will be probably using your chamber as a good template. How are you imagining the doors?

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #10
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Also, i am not sure how sturdy it currently is... I would put some 45* braces, this may just be me invoking the spirit of my grandfather though. He always reinforced everything

 
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