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Old 11-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
jeetaman
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So I have been staring at the computer for days looking at various fermentation chamber builds and I am at a crossroads.
The build I am doing is going to have interior measurements of 44WX27HX24D, which comes out to approximately 16.5 cubit foot. I was planning on cooling it with a mini fridge, but I am concerned that a 4.0 cubit foot fridge just isn't going to cut it.
Can someone give me pros & cons of using a window AC unit for this build? I don't have either a fridge or AC unit, so I have to buy one regardless. Space is an issue, so my measurements aren't able to be changed much as this is going under my workbench.
Any help is appreciated.



 
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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If you add the window AC unit on the side, will it cut down on the interior dimensions?



 
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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No. The width is the one dimension I can actually increase. The height and depth are predetermined by my workbench, but the length can be increased. It is designed just for 2 carboys with a divider so that I can have dual temp control.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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I'm also getting ready to build one and found this thread to be fantastic:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-m...-build-256068/

I think it has the same size fridge you are talking about.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #5
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That's what I'm trying to figure out. Is everyone having success with these mini fridge builds, or should I go big with the window AC unit?

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:31 PM   #6
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I'd go with a chest freezer and fermwraps. Set the thermostat on the chest freezer to be as low as your coldest lager and then use the fermwaps to raise the temps as needed.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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I can't use a chest freezer. Space constraints.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:47 PM   #8
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i use two vissani wine cooler fridges and stc-1000's. They fit perfectly under the work bench and fit a carboy in them no problem without any mods. Got the coolers off CL for about 80 each. Could be another option.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #9
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Cubit or cubic? A cubit is 1.5 feet

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:15 PM   #10
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Quote:
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Cubit or cubic? A cubit is 1.5 feet
Really? pfft


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