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Title: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on April 23, 2015, 12:56:45 PM
Had my old fermentation chamber die, so I decided to go a new route and built something a little different. I had been running a single brewpi, but with the new setup I wanted independent controls for each fermenter. I started with the addition of these:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10984145_543171569158781_7762607654439838006_n.jpg?oh=7753023e4df36022e900881e67c55bd2&oe=559A5340&__gda__=1440524074_b3d2b57787e5177bff3cb045a3046fbd)

Then I bought a few of these from amazon for cheap:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/11075286_553493761459895_4692331073663766580_n.jpg?oh=5c2f9da8b5242accf571f7dd64aa6389&oe=55DBB17D&__gda__=1440912325_96cb73477d1ca7152e8483bee782aaa7)

Against my wifes dismay, I did what any normal person would do and strip it down and cut a giant rectangle out of the door.
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11046367_553493784793226_6097498239038684432_n.jpg?oh=7046c16c0c7b830ed8425cf113729918&oe=55992671)

Then I went to Home Depot and picked up some supplies..FRP edging, some silicone and a couple sheets of plexi. I then trimmed out the door with the FRP edging:
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/18412_553493808126557_2658111704247509933_n.jpg?oh=6dc40315c6104932b675699f7d20dab8&oe=55A05D1E)

I then installed the plexi(double sealed panes), which fits perfectly in the FRP edging:
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/11052506_553493841459887_2885991906731644528_n.jpg?oh=f043efc8de5622b1c50680d00236f6f3&oe=55DEDEDE)

Started installing the LED lighting, mini hair dryer for heating, a fan to circulate air, and the temp probes, did a test fit midway though:
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/11082575_553749851434286_7518649490422547460_n.jpg?oh=cdffc348991b28cdfd19496cda7374ac&oe=559B4070)

With the lights out:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/10446717_553749871434284_1834868172489310584_n.jpg?oh=01b6ebfa864a0b01a7190582cb60ab18&oe=55D39792&__gda__=1440313252_6f6b11ff69b0b165d15df0a8810886a7)

Then I built its clone:
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1902897_553826281426643_432796535930920859_n.jpg?oh=ea643eabcd6ffdc4cb9c54e486a5f9f9&oe=55E4B275)

Lights out
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/11101252_553826294759975_4648967521187419956_n.jpg?oh=3fc0144818994d625a262915bb903916&oe=559EB7F9)

They fit nicely into "The Cellar"
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10403460_554106801398591_6873991979274972466_n.jpg?oh=5fdf66051df3bfc5fc0dcd1045e7c6f7&oe=55DB53C7&__gda__=1436720813_e525472f60cbde028529d7434a2a901c)

Which fits nicely into "The Beerery"
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/t31.0-8/s2048x2048/11092637_554108168065121_7830931350429795048_o.jpg)


Cheers!





Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: Vin S on April 23, 2015, 01:15:23 PM
Nice build. Jealous of your setup.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 23, 2015, 01:21:52 PM
That is one rocking setup. Awesome.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: 69franx on April 23, 2015, 01:32:22 PM
Great work. Starting to think about planning out my brewing space as I think we will be in this house for awhile now. Really like your layout
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 23, 2015, 03:07:17 PM
That's sweet.  Just for reference, how big are those fermenters?  Could you fit a carboy or betterbottle in those fridges?
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: piersonm on April 23, 2015, 03:16:10 PM
Got mine earlier this week! Been thinking of a way to regulate the temp.  The mini fridge i have now is to small for this guy.
(https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10451852_943471975705015_7671593334514271406_n.jpg?oh=8c1878a7ff29dd0f57788062d3baa433&oe=55D254FE)
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: euge on April 23, 2015, 03:35:43 PM
Looking good! Well thought out.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: tonyccopeland on April 23, 2015, 03:42:38 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: TMULLEN96 on April 23, 2015, 04:20:43 PM
Yea, That's quite the set up you have there. I'll be happy when I have an old fridge to start regulating fermentation temp.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: Jimmy K on April 23, 2015, 05:31:55 PM
Please stop. The envy is painful.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: cascadesrunner on April 23, 2015, 05:48:10 PM
With a fair degree of certainty I can say that I would be unemployed, single or both if I had a set up like that.  There is some great thought put into what you're doing.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: Pinski on April 23, 2015, 05:55:15 PM
Got mine earlier this week! Been thinking of a way to regulate the temp.  The mini fridge i have now is to small for this guy.
(https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10451852_943471975705015_7671593334514271406_n.jpg?oh=8c1878a7ff29dd0f57788062d3baa433&oe=55D254FE)

Nice looking rig, congrats!

Where are you heading with that 90 ell on the racking port?
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: jaftak22 on April 23, 2015, 08:30:21 PM
That is a brewhaus to be proud of! With those SS fermentor's you don't need to do any type of modifications to the inside part of the fridge?
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: tonyp on April 23, 2015, 08:50:52 PM
love it, nice hack!
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on April 24, 2015, 12:31:56 PM
That's sweet.  Just for reference, how big are those fermenters?  Could you fit a carboy or betterbottle in those fridges?

The buckets are 20.5" H x 12.5" W  , looks like you have about 6" to the bottom of the freezer...if that helps?
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on April 24, 2015, 12:32:54 PM
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: euge on April 24, 2015, 01:10:35 PM
That's sweet.  Just for reference, how big are those fermenters?  Could you fit a carboy or betterbottle in those fridges?

The buckets are 20.5" H x 12.5" W  , looks like you have about 6" to the bottom of the freezer...if that helps?

Is that 12.5" at the lid on or at the base? Looks like the vessel flares.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on April 24, 2015, 01:16:49 PM
That's sweet.  Just for reference, how big are those fermenters?  Could you fit a carboy or betterbottle in those fridges?

The buckets are 20.5" H x 12.5" W  , looks like you have about 6" to the bottom of the freezer...if that helps?

Is that 12.5" at the lid on or at the base? Looks like the vessel flares.
I would say thats at the top (widest part).
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: euge on April 24, 2015, 01:20:28 PM
Thanks!

How are you planning to rack out the bottom fermenter?
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on April 24, 2015, 02:08:01 PM
I lift it out and set it on the top of the Keezer.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: euge on April 24, 2015, 02:30:40 PM
I would like to get two into each of my 7cu chest freezers. The recessed part is 24" long, so if the bases are flare down enough it may be possible to squeeze both in and leave space for the top of each fermenter lengthwise.

Already two 7.9g buckets fit in at the level of the compressor "hump" so if only one SS will fit then there will be wasted space for fermentation and would be better in a 4cu.

When I was on the site and reading the faqs the "exact-dimensions" were asked for. The reply was short, unthoughtful and disappointing and an already listed "20.5" H x 12.5" W"... which is a terrible answer.

That probably cost them some sales as the unit obviously has irregular dimensions. I'm not buying without knowing that they will fit.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: hophead636 on May 21, 2015, 03:17:21 AM
Where did you mount your fans at?  Top bottom or would it really not matter that's the last thing I have to get before the weekend to ferment my first batch with full control over temps. 
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: compacto on June 21, 2015, 07:06:36 AM
Awesome work. Jealous!
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on June 22, 2015, 04:15:26 PM
Where did you mount your fans at?  Top bottom or would it really not matter that's the last thing I have to get before the weekend to ferment my first batch with full control over temps.

Right in the door for the freezer.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: TCBerth on June 24, 2015, 04:37:23 PM
What did you use for the temperature controller?
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: AmandaK on June 24, 2015, 04:52:37 PM
goddammit. This is cooler than our basement. 8) When the wine fridges die, I'll have to keep this in mind. I love the window on the wine fridges I have, but buying one of those new right now is absurd. Making your own window is a great idea.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on June 24, 2015, 05:17:45 PM
What did you use for the temperature controller?

I run Brewpi's

http://taplist.noip.me/ (http://taplist.noip.me/) Click Top right corner.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: atodd on July 15, 2015, 03:38:46 PM
I was wondering how much clearance you have between the top of the brew bucket and the door?  Was the cutout necessary to accommodate this?  The reason I ask as I am in the process of finding a mini fridge for my build and have the same brew bucket.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: rabeb25 on July 15, 2015, 06:28:58 PM
I don't know what that measurement is, however the cutout was not necessary. Purely Aesthetic.
Title: Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
Post by: atodd on July 15, 2015, 06:55:18 PM
Thanks, I appreciate the information.