DIY Fermenting chest build - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > DIY Fermenting chest build

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-28-2011, 12:15 AM   #1
germanicus81
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Santa Clara, CA
Posts: 49
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts



I've learned so much from trolling these forums over the years, I thought I should show off some of the stuff I have built using tips learned from this awesome forum.

I was having trouble keeping my brews at manageable fermenting temps because my apartment does not have AC during the summer and can reach temps of 95 deg. easily. So I did what any self-respecting engineer would do- built a custom box to keep my precious brews fermenting all year round.

Here is a shot of the base and window AC unit being installed:


Here is a shot showing the walls and insulation going together:


And here the wiring to the LOVE controller is being installed(I used a 4 outlet box so I could have one each tied to the heater and cooler output along with 2 120VAC outlets for any additional crazy ideas like stirplates):


And here is the completed fermenter- it has a side door for monitoring and normal access, with a top lid to help with accessing carboys further back:


Overall it can hold four 6.5 gallon carboys, I haven't yet checked to see how many cornys it can hold, but I've been slowly transitioning to corny fermentation. my guess is upwards of 6 cornys!
__________________
Brewery name goes here...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
day_trippr
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Stow, MA
Posts: 17,156
Liked 2924 Times on 2183 Posts


Nice looking build! But I hope you're planning on putting some A/C in for yourself, because that chamber is going to make the summer apartment heat even hotter. You may kick the carboys out and camp inside the chamber

Cheers!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 03:49 AM   #3
germanicus81
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Santa Clara, CA
Posts: 49
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


The fermenter is in the garage, so no added heat to the apartment proper. I have a window AC in my bedroom, but hate to turn it on too often because it adds about $50 to the electric bill. My solution is to relax in the garage during the summer heat- the keezer in the last photo now has 3 taps on it!
__________________
Brewery name goes here...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 04:34 AM   #4
nukinfuts29
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Pike County, MO
Posts: 1,594
Liked 28 Times on 27 Posts


So you won't add $50 a month for your own comfort, but you will do it for your beer?






Thats a real man, nice build!
__________________
My Recipes: Drunken Emu Hard Cider, Drunken Emu Mississippi River Water
The Jack Keller Collection

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cpt_Kirks View Post
Patience, my Padawon. The yeast can sense your tension.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Maybe you want to educate yourself instead of just having a bunch of pre-conceived notions based on ignorance.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2011, 01:53 AM   #5
germanicus81
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Santa Clara, CA
Posts: 49
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by nukinfuts29 View Post
So you won't add $50 a month for your own comfort, but you will do it for your beer?






Thats a real man, nice build!
Well the fermenter only costs about $5 to run for a month, so yes I'll take an order of magnitude in savings!

How much do most people pay to heat/cool their houses anyway? My apartment is about $50 a month to heat in the winter, and I cannot cool the whole place during the summer using my one window AC unit- which is probably a good thing given the $50 per month for just the bedroom !
__________________
Brewery name goes here...

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chest Freezer to Keezer Conversion: MikeE's DIY build EasyE Kegerators & Keezers 75 08-20-2013 06:14 PM
My Frigidaire 7.2 cu ft Chest Freezer Build boralyl Kegerators & Keezers 42 10-19-2011 03:25 AM
Choosing a chest freezer for a keezer build Zeppman Kegerators & Keezers 10 06-28-2011 08:34 PM
Chest Freezer Kegerator Build bakersbrew Kegerators & Keezers 78 04-22-2011 04:07 PM
Help me Build my Fermentation Chest! GillandCo Fermenters 2 11-08-2010 07:52 PM


Forum Jump