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Brewer_Dad

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Hi, I just got a minifrige and I'll use it as a fermentation chamber during summer. It fits my 5gal fermenter perfectly:

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I will use an inkbird thermostat and a heating pad. The thing is that I need to get two cables into the fridge and I don't want to leave much space in the door isolation:

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I'm thinking about making a cut in the rubber, run the cables and then close the cut with something.

Ideas?
 

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I just closed my freezer on my cables but gravity assisted that. Since yours doesn't have a freezer you can't check for ice but what I would keep an eye out for is condensation inside the freezer. That is a sure sign of air getting in.
 

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Great set up you have there. Don't cut the gasket, just stuff some fiberglass insulation where the cords are. It's not a perfect seal, but it's good enough. You only need temp control for 2-3 weeks at a time, after that, pull the cables out, and let the fridge just cold crash your beer. (don't forget about flooding with CO2 to avoid suck back and oxygen intrusion). Also, check to make sure that bottom shelf can support 60lbs of water first.
 
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It's this one:


I really don't think they sell it outside of Chile.

It fits a 25L fermenter with space to spare:

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