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Old 07-26-2011, 09:59 PM   #71
May 2011
Escondido, CA
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Well, guess who found a sanyo fridge at the apartment "stuff exchange" (by the dumpster where people leave things too cool to put in the dumpster when they move out).

It will only hold a 3 gallon carboy in it's current life - I'll try it on a 3 gallon corny / CO2 tank next week when I staycation, and then look into stacking it in some configuration like Mr. Febtober suggested.

As a newbie who has made four unsatisfactory batches, I've come to the conclusion that fermentation temperature control is my first hurdle to overcome, followed by the boil all / boil some paradox.

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:56 PM   #72
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Denver, Colorado
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I found that using pre-existing furniture, guts from the fridge, and some foam gets you a fermentaion chamber that is cost effective and large enought for carboys...
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:34 PM   #73
Feb 2010
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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...just picked up a mini-fridge for $20, won't hold a carboy as it is, but it'll become a lovely new fermentation chamber in the coming weeks! Thanks for posting this!

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Old 02-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #74
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Nov 2011
Limerick, Pa
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Can anyone detail how they got the guts of the mini fridge out? I'm not very handy, but want to attempt this and I'm not sure what tools I will need to do this. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-07-2012, 12:29 AM   #75
Dec 2008
Harlem, OH
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Originally Posted by cpatel479 View Post
Can anyone detail how they got the guts of the mini fridge out? I'm not very handy, but want to attempt this and I'm not sure what tools I will need to do this. Thanks in advance.
I used a dremel for precision. Cut the back open enough that you can slide the little "ice tray" thru. Bing-bang-boom.

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Old 05-10-2012, 02:31 PM   #76
Jun 2011
Cresco, IA
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Originally Posted by thomcat333 View Post

Ok... well since you mentioned it, and because I found a suitable AC powered fan at radioshack the other day, I installed one. I added a switch beside the controller so that in the "ON" position, it comes on whenever the compressor is on. In the "OFF" position it doesn't come on at all. I also added a digital thermometer with the display outside the cabinet. I swear I'm going to stop messing with this and start brewing again soon... I think a buddy of mine and I are going to start and Oktoberfest around Labor Day. Cheers!

The Fan:

The Switch:

- Andy
TOMCAT... When you wired the fan how did you tie it to the temp control? Thanks

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Old 11-08-2012, 01:16 AM   #77
Feb 2012
Charlotte, North Carolina
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This is EXACTLY what I am planning to make. Nice job Tomcat!

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:10 AM   #78
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Thanks! It definitely served me well... I've since moved on to using a small/medium sized chest freezer for fermentation. More room but more difficult to load.

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:30 AM   #79
Feb 2012
Louisville, Kentucky
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Excellent Craftsmanship! I hope mine comes close to as nice as this.

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Old 12-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #80
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Los Angeles, CA
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Sorry, I have to ask before I screw up a lot of work I've put into this already.

Thomkat, or anyone who has done this please chime in. I've used this basic concept for my own chamber (kudos to you for posting this), but i'm at the wiring stage and a little confused. Forgive, I don't have much wiring experience.

I see you took the fridge thermostat off so all that is remaining are the white and grey wires running from the compressor.

Looks as if the white wire is connected with the actual power cord and the grey wire runs into the new thermostat.

Then you have an additional wire that connects the power cord to the thermostat. I'm assuming this powers the thermostat, please correct me if thats the wrong assumption.

Then there is some sort of relay between the power cord and the thermostat....what is this?

Any diagram or answers to the above would be helpful.

Thanks all,

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