Fermentation Cooler

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escalante88

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I recently completed construction of my fermentation cooler (well it was a month ago) per "Jim's minimalist fermentation cooler" specifications, but used 2" styrofoam insulation. I used skewers to reinforce adjacent panes, caulking all the inside and outside seams with heat resistant silicone, as the dude suggested. I haven't tested its cold capacity yet, or how well it can hold a temp, but intend to soon. Judging from how long it can keep a frozen nalgene frozen, it serves its purpose.

If anyone is interested or has questions let me know!

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Looks awesome! I need to get around to making a fermentation chiller one of these days. It's been on the list for a long time!

I use a swamp cooler now but a chiller is even nicer.
 

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I need to set mine up in the new house. I find ways to pipe the a/c vents into the chamber. now that i have a basement i'm gonna run some dryer duct down from the ceiling register into the top of the pink insulation chamber.

old house I did this from the floor register and could hold low 60's in the middle of 100 degree heat outside.
 
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Malkore that's an interesting idea. What length of dryer duct are we talking about - I would imagine it's pretty close as most dryer ducts are no longer than six feet or so...

Did you just jam into the register and tape it to seal?
 

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well at my old house it was a floor vent so I just put my ferm chamber over 2/3's of the vent.

since the new house has ceiling register, I plan to use the white plastic venting rather than the metal stuff, and I'll probably rig some kind of hooks out of paperclips so i can hang it from the vent fins and the coiled wire inside the dryer hose...straight shot down to the ferm chamber below.

yeah they are usually about 6 foot long so I hope one is enough.

i doubt i'll tape anything too tightly around the a/c vent since cold air wants to fall down and it'll be a straight chute down, and I will seal up the ferm chamber a bit to hold in the cold.
 
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