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Old 09-17-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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So I've ignored thread after thread suggesting that controlling fermentation temp is the best way to make good consistent beer. I've been more excited to make the jump to AG and of course needed a kegging system Now I've decided to take off the blinders and want to start plotting out a fermentation chamber.

If you were to start fresh what route would you go for a fermentation chamber. I'd prefer to use a digital controller over any swamp coolers or SOF and I want to be able to hold a least two carboys. Is a chest freezer the way to go our making something out of a mini fridge. I've been able to DIY almost all my projects so I'm willing to get my hands dirty.

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Old 09-17-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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For me the easiest way was to convert a mini fridge to hold 3 fermenters ebay temp controller and ceramic heater. Cost was fairly cheap and modifying a fridge makes it easier to get carboys in and out.

 
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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+1...I would certainly recommend a frige over a chest freezer.

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:28 AM   #4
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Ki-ri-n,

Did you use on temp controller for all three slots? Do you have any pics of your set up, I've been thinking of something similar. Last question, whee did you get your heater?

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:48 PM   #5
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I use a commercial beverage cooler. It took me about 4 months of patience waiting for the right one to come along on Craigslist, but I got a $1200.00 True unit in perfect condition for $125.00. They are all over my local craigslist for $400-500, though, so if you can't wait, you can probably find one today. I then added a Johnson A-419 controller for $53.00, and I was good to go!

I like the bling factor and being able to watch my fermentation through the glass. Here's the unit I ended up with:

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:10 PM   #6
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I converted 2 mini-fridges. One I just bent the freezer section down (gently) and added a platform to even out the bottom and a temp controller. The other, I had to add a collar, then added a temp controller. I wanted to be able to ferment 2 beers at different temps. That's just me, though. Have them stacked nicely in the corner.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:03 PM   #7
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Mine holds 3 carboys all at once. The 3 outlets on the back of my controller are for; heating cooling and a fan outlet that comes on when it calls for heat or cool. Helps circulate the temp evenly. I just used a cheap ceramic heater from harbor frieght.

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:49 PM   #8
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I just used a cheap ceramic heater from harbor frieght.
BTW where, in your fermenting chamber, did you install the ceramic heater? I'm using a pad, now, but want to switch out for a ceramic heater. Have no idea where to install.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #9

I bought a freezer on craiglist for $75. Ripped out the controls and defrost heater and installed my own control. Removed the door rack and installed shower board. It will fit 6 carboys.
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