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Old 04-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
atietyen
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I wanted to get some advice from anyone that has made what id call a a fully enclosed fermentation box. The goal would be to have a box large enough to house 3-4 glass carboys and have a double wall with spray insulation and a digital controller hooked up to my heating belt to keep the box warm in winter. Id store it in my basement so it'd be at 68-70 consistently in summer. If you have made anything like this please send your photos or any suggestions you have. The question i havery is it necessary to have a hole at the top to let co2 out? Id imagine not but just curious if you have 4 active fermentations going at once.



 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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Plenty of people have done that....my impression is that by the time they are done buying lumber, fasteners, and insulation they could have found a cheap chest freezer off of Craigslist for less time/money. However, some people like the DIY at any cost and for a custom solution.

Speaking of which, what are your plans for keeping it cool? If your basement is 70 your fermenting beer is going to be 75-80 which is too warm for most ales. It will probably be even higher in an insulated box.



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Old 04-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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Search the site for "Fermentation Chamber" and you will find plenty of ideas. I'm in the planning stage for mine!

Good luck.

 
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:40 PM   #4
atietyen
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Thanks guys.

Broadbill- thanks for the extra thought. I will need to devise a way to chill it. I have some ideas but honestly i didn't think of that until you said it. Id love to buy a chest freezer but there is no way that puppy could get into my basement.

 
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:48 PM   #5
cram
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For cooling, you can use a small a/c unit mounted in the box with a temp controller wired into it.

 
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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Here is mine. Total cost was just under 100, including the temp controller build. [IMG] IMG_4453 by elpenoso, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG] IMG_4454 by elpenoso, on Flickr[/IMG]

 
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:53 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by atietyen View Post
Thanks guys.

Broadbill- thanks for the extra thought. I will need to devise a way to chill it. I have some ideas but honestly i didn't think of that until you said it. Id love to buy a chest freezer but there is no way that puppy could get into my basement.
Here is how I tackled this problem. Maybe a small chest freezer like I used would fit in your basement?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/3-ch...estion-324310/



 
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