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Old 06-03-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Glass Front Fermentation Chamber?

I'm thinking about buying this guy for use as a fermentation chamber.


I'd much rather have a normal fridge or freezer, but I've had a hard time finding one with the right inside dimensions.
I'm wondering if anyone has any input on the energy efficiency of these kinds of fridges. Do I need to add some insulation to the door?
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:27 PM   #2
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That's what I use and I added 1/2" foam to the door. Since it is used for fermentation it doesn't use a lot of electricity anyways.

This is without the foam....


With the foam.....
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:28 AM   #3
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If you are fermenting with any clear containers you'll need the foam on the door to prevent skunking.
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I have a TRUE glass front freezer with a temp controller that I use for my fermentation chamber. My Kill-a-Watt shows that it costs me about $35.00 a year in electricity to run, so about $2.92 a month.
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i use a wine fridge in the summer
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I have a TRUE glass front freezer with a temp controller that I use for my fermentation chamber......
I also use a TRUE (GDM (Glass Door Merchandiser)-10) as a fermentation chamber. Very rugged and stable. Love it. Have a GDM-12 for my corny cooler.

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If you are fermenting with any clear containers you'll need the foam on the door to prevent skunking.
I use a heavyweight, custom, slip cover over my glass carboys to protect the brew from the effects of light during fermentation. A heavy pillowcase would do the same. I like to see the bubbles. The door is made from low-E glass with fairly good insulating properties.
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I use a heavyweight, custom, slip cover over my glass carboys to protect the brew from the effects of light during fermentation.
LOL...I use an old t-shirt with the neck of the carboy sticking out of one of the sleaves. Hi-tech shizz....
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I use a wine cooler for my fermentations. It has a glass front and I simply taped aluminum foil to it. The room is also usually not too bright but I won't take any risk!
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Thanks for the help, guys. I bought it and it will be here tomorrow. Wish me luck getting it up three flights of stairs!
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I did the same as Monster Mash.
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