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Title: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: weithman5 on November 17, 2010, 05:26:19 PM
just curious if anyone has done this.  yesterday i saw a small frozen fish delivery truck.  container was probably the size of a small shed.  thought it would be neat if i found one of these somewhere (minus the truck though that would help with transport)  and put the thing in the barn on my moms farm.  I think it would make a kick a_ _ fermentation or lager room.  any thoughts?  large enough to handle the needs of a few homebrewers.
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: tschmidlin on November 17, 2010, 05:28:28 PM
So essentially it's a walk-in freezer and you just need to add temperature controls.  I can't think of a reason it won't work, I'll be jealous if you get something like that. :)
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: bluesman on November 17, 2010, 05:34:24 PM
You mean like this...

(http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00MvKQUWCPsYpf/Refrigerator-Truck.jpg)

I've seen walk-in refrigerators like this at some restaurants.
The compressor would probably have to be modified to use regular 120VAC.

Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: euge on November 17, 2010, 06:22:17 PM
Unless you could find it for dirt cheap you could probably build a walk-in cooler.
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: thirsty on November 17, 2010, 08:52:18 PM
I kinda like the idea of a giant lager tank on wheels.
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: Mark G on November 17, 2010, 09:35:45 PM
Put some shanks through the side... And now you're talking!
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: weithman5 on November 17, 2010, 09:42:37 PM
almost exactly like that.  that is probably 1/3 bigger than the truck i saw.  I hadn't thought about putting some shanks on the side.  my mom has a 3 acre lake at one end of her farm.  could just drive it down, fish, and drink. man i need to find some company going out of business. 
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 20, 2010, 12:16:36 PM
Unless you could find it for dirt cheap you could probably build a walk-in cooler.
Walking coolers are expensive thou.
And then how would you control temp on each fermenter?
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: euge on November 20, 2010, 05:55:04 PM
Unless you could find it for dirt cheap you could probably build a walk-in cooler.
Walking coolers are expensive thou.
And then how would you control temp on each fermenter?

A new commercial walk-in would be pricey. Build one like Jamil Z. and cool with window unit ought to be less. I don't see how one control temp on each individual fermenter in a refrigerated truck since it's basically the same thing unless it has compartments.

But maybe I'm missing something? I often do. ;)
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: majorvices on November 20, 2010, 10:09:11 PM
Put some shanks through the side... And now you're talking!

Thats exactly what I was thinking!  ;D
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: majorvices on November 20, 2010, 10:11:43 PM
almost exactly like that.  that is probably 1/3 bigger than the truck i saw.  I hadn't thought about putting some shanks on the side.  my mom has a 3 acre lake at one end of her farm.  could just drive it down, fish, and drink. man i need to find some company going out of business. 

Awe man. I need to be your friend. I like the way you think/party!  ;D

FTR I bought a 12X12 WiC for around 4K. That's pricey, sure. But so's a Truck. Of course I can't drive my WiC.
Title: Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 21, 2010, 03:02:27 AM
FTR I bought a 12X12 WiC for around 4K. That's pricey, sure. But so's a Truck. Of course I can't drive my WiC.
You got yourself a great deal.
Good for you.