First time posting...long time lurking...
I've become somewhat more serious about brewing (I know...shocking) and have begun my search for a good way to control fermentation temps. I've narrowed it down to two possibilities.
1. La Cave Wine Cooler - Would hold 2 6 gallon buckets with blowoff tubes and gallon jugs. It can control temps from 36 degrees up to 70 with the use of dual thermometers. The unit itself is used and in somewhat of a nasty state and would require some serious elbow grease and baking soda to remove the smells from the cooler as well as some fabrication to make some additional shelves for the unit. It would cost roughly $125.
2. Cool Brewing Bag - The big benefit is that it is collapsible, $55, and brand new spanky clean. The downside is that it only holds one brew, and I have to swap out ice every couple days.
I ruled out the old swamp cooler method since my wife is refusing to let me put my beer in any of our bathrooms.
So my question to you HBT'ers is, what would you do? Or is there another viable, relatively cheap option that I'm missing?
FYI - my house stays at about 75 degrees.