Originally Posted by evandena
Looks good. Do small dorm fridges generally have enough power to cool an area that large?
I'm going to find out. I made sure to get the 2-inch insulation board, which is pretty thick.
I have tested that it drops and hold the air temperature to 35°F degrees, but my garage has been in the high 60s.
Last night I placed a glass carboy secondary in there fermenting an Abby Dubbel. The recipe calls for lagering it at 40°F degrees for 1-2 weeks after the first 10 days in the primary.
So, I punched up 4°C (40°F) on the temp controller and taped the temp probe to the carboy. The wort temperature was at about 68°F when I put it in. To quicken the chilling process I inserted a 12-pack of frozen water bottles overnight.
This morning, the temp controller read 4°C. If it's holding temperatures, it should still be at 4°C when I get home from work this afternoon!
However, I may have to find a way to keep my garage cool in the summer!