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Old 02-22-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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I do not have a basement or a good location in my home to keep the fermentation temps under control come summer. Does anyone know of a refridgerator that will fit a 6.5 gallon carboy? I would prefer one powered by thermoelectric rather than compressor, but with the luck I have been having, at this point I'll take anything

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Old 02-26-2012, 03:03 AM   #2
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chest freezers with a temp controller does the trick. Or ive seen people build the fermentation cabinets (insulated wooden box with an air conditioner) Thermo electric is really only used to keep six packs of cans 10 degrees below ambiant temperature.



 
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:31 PM   #3

The wine cabinet units are usually a little larger than the typical mini fridge and have a more precise thermostat, but are still smaller than the chest freezers. A good option for those for whom space or portability is an issue, IMO.

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:56 PM   #4
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Wine cabinet fridge works great and you can find them at garage sales and cl. The 30+ wine bottle fridge is perfect. I have found 3 of them in garage sales for $20-$30 each. Once crapped out pretty quickly but I am still way ahead of buying them new.

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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I'll third the wine cooler method. I have two Vissani coolers stacked with Rancos on each.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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Awesome, thanks! The chest freezer idea would be great if not for the fact I have no room I will try the 30+wine fridge out. Any particular brand/model I should be looking for?

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:31 PM   #7
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No brand loyalty here. What ever is a good price or deal. Just make sure they are tall enough for your fermenter.

 
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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I have a 5 CF chest freezer that will fit 1 ale pail pkus a little space for the blowoff and tube. It has a compressor.



 
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