I just stared brewing a few weeks ago and quickly ran into some temperature control problems. I live in a small apartment and dont really have too much control over the temp (right now its in the mid 80s with all the windows open) so I decided to turn my old college mini fridge into a single carboy fermentation chamber.
I started with a 4 cubic foot Haier mini fridge.
Cut the shelves off the door and covered exposed insulation with foil tape.
I cut away the hump on the back that covers the compressor. Filled the void with foam insulation and covered in foil tape
In order to fit the carboy inside I had to unbolt the plate holding the compressor and set it back. Only two bolts hold it on now but no problems so far!
The thermostat thats in the fridge didnt allow me to keep the temperature warm enough for an ale so i had to use good old tape to fix the problem. I was able to tape the dial right before the fridge turned off and I am now able to keep the temperature around 65. Eventualy ill get a real temperature contoler so i can throw a lager in there.
I thought I would share my first homebrew diy project to see what you guys think.