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Old 07-30-2007, 06:13 AM   #1
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Default Fermentation Chamber w/ Refrigeration

So I bought a small used minifridge for $25 and have successfully taken all of the mechanical and electrical bits out without releasing any refrigerant. My plan is to build something similar to the "Son of Fermentation" chamber, only I'm planning on cooling it with the internals from the small fridge. I've got a temp controller and thermocouple on the way...

Yes, I'm basically building a franken-mini-fridge. Has anybody else seen this done???

I am just freakin tired of tending to the towel and fan...

Wish me luck!


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Old 07-30-2007, 06:51 AM   #2
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I've got a small freezer I could cannibalize...please post your pics and methods....I'd definitely be interested! Incidentally, how'd you manage to get it apart nd not spring a leak? I don't know if I have that kind of finesse.....


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Old 07-31-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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I'll post pics as things progress. As for the extraction, the first round involved a screw driver, the second some pliars, the third a set of good tin snips, and then I finally got her out in one piece.
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I have a small dorm fridge I saved from a landfill purgatory that I was planning to do the same with soon. The difference is I was planning on using it as a pseudo-window unit air conditioner. I was planning on building a a fermentation chamber to fit a spot in my brew area, then build a shelf on the back with a hole slightly smaller than the from t of the fridge. I would then remove the door and hinge materials and affix the frige to the box with a a rope that allows tension by tightening a threaded rod and sandwiching insulation to ensure a good seal. I was planning on starting construction this week, and was gonna post pics, however, depending on how you do, I may modify the approach.
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I think you may have spent a lot more time and energy than was necessary. You could have built a large rigid foam box with a hole in the side where you'd put the mini fride with the door taken off. A little caulk where they meet up and you're good to go. I'd run a small fan in there just to keep the air circulating in any case.
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Perhaps, but if we all adopt the minimalist approach on everything, we would be walking around wearing burlap sacks and eating off the floor.
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Perhaps, but if we all adopt the minimalist approach on everything, we would be walking around wearing burlap sacks and eating off the floor.
I don't think I'd mind, as long as I have a steady supply of homebrew.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:42 PM   #8
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Perhaps, but if we all adopt the minimalist approach on everything, we would be walking around wearing burlap sacks and eating off the floor.
The world may come to that but I bet half the people on this site would be looking for something to brew instead of learning to sew...
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The world may come to that but I bet half the people on this site would be looking for something to brew instead of learning to sew...
Mr. Fancy Pants is gonna have a sewn sack. I would lean towards the toga-like knot.

My real point was that my brew area, albeit the workshop portion of my basement, still needs to look decent in the eyes of the wife, plus I plan on having my chanber last a few years. That is why I was looking for something more sturdy and aesthetically appealing than the foam board box, but that is all one really needs.
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I, too, would like to see a picture of the in-tact fridge hardware sans cabinet and foam.

Sounds neat, but I'm probably only going to remove the door and cut the top off of my dorm-cube fridge when i convert it into a ferm cabinet. maybe the the sides, if needed.

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