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Old 08-03-2012, 10:58 PM   #21
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About a year or so ago I bought a riding mower. They delivered it in a crate. I let it rot outside then tore it down to haul off. About a week later I found out about building these things... To think I almost put the crate in the garage to build a pay house for the kids. The moral of this story is do not be like me Looks cool I am jealous since I ferment in an unused bathroom in the basement that I cannot manage the temp well.

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:13 AM   #22
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I like your brewstand too! Can you post some pics of it with explanations? Thanks!

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:26 AM   #23
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I like your brewstand too! Can you post some pics of it with explanations? Thanks!
Sure thing, here's some more pics.

The stand itself is Kal's design. I have a counter flow chiller mounted under the stand and my pump and shop vac on the bottom shelf.

On the left is the control box for the electric brewery. It's a great little box inspired by jsguitar's build.

Next to the controller is my barley crusher, powered by an old garage door opener motor.

Above the stand is my steam hood. It's made of 1x2 and spray painted fluorescent light covers. The vent is powered by a 449 CFM Vortex fan.

Oh, and to the far left is my swivel mounted TV with satellite hook up, perfect for watching the game while brewing !
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:39 AM   #24
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That looks like it would work great but it's a little fancier than what I'm looking for. I'm more looking for an old 12v wall wort, although the versatility of something like that would come in handy for other situations. I've dug through my old electronics and haven't found any spares that have the right output yet though. Gonna probably just order one from amazon, saw one that will work for about $6.
Got a 12v power supply from amazon and the fans are now roaring at normal speed. It was working before, the fans were just taking longer than I would have liked to cool the top section during the first few days of fermentation. Should be a lot better now, will find out after I brew tomorrow.

Overall though it's holding temp great! Been over 100 the last few days and both sections are holding strong!

 
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #25
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This is a great build zacc! I need to do something like this eventually.

 
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:22 PM   #26
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How cool can you maintain? Can you ferment at 50F?

 
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:47 PM   #27
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How cool can you maintain? Can you ferment at 50F?
I haven't tried to see how cool I can push it yet but 50 is definitely doable. Right now I have the bottom chamber set at about 54. It's been around 100 for the past week or so here, and it's having no problem holding temperature.

I'll have to plug it into my Kill A Watt later to see exactly how much power it is using.

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:25 PM   #28
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Wow.... great job. I need to move on to this from my ghetto fridge in the garage method.

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #29
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This is why I love coming to these forums. To see the creativity and ingenuity of others. Simple concept, amazing build!

You need to name it. Call it a ZaccBox or something.

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:25 PM   #30
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This is why I love coming to these forums. To see the creativity and ingenuity of others. Simple concept, amazing build!

You need to name it. Call it a ZaccBox or something.
I've gotten a lot of good ideas from people here so glad to share some of mine. Yeah I should come up with a name for it...

It has really been put to the test over the last couple weeks. It was 104 yesterday and will be 105 today!

 
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