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flbrewer:
My last hurdle to getting into brewing is going to be a way to keep my carboys cool. I think the swamp cooler may be too difficult to pull off since temps are already climbing into the upper 80's (garage is much warmer), and the house is never lower than 70.

I think I will have to get either a wine fridge, mini, etc. or possibly a cheap full size. Anyone using a full size that fits a 6.5 with airlock and still allows room for food?
How about a surefire (without lots of mods) mini that fits a 6.5 with airlock?

Thanks folks!

flbrewer:
The more I think about this, maybe an indoor swamp cooler is best for now.

donsmitty:
IMHO, buy a used refrigerator and add a thermostat.  Thermostats run between $50 - $80.  That will give you more time to sit and sip a brew instead of making ice and tending to your swamp cooler. 

jeffy:

--- Quote from: donsmitty on April 23, 2013, 05:16:46 AM ---IMHO, buy a used refrigerator and add a thermostat.  Thermostats run between $50 - $80.  That will give you more time to sit and sip a brew instead of making ice and tending to your swamp cooler.

--- End quote ---

I agree.  I have two chest freezers, one for actual food (!), one for kegs, and three beer-related refrigerators,  one for fermentation, one for conditioning and one for more beer.  I think I may have paid a total of $150 for the three used refrigerators.

blatz:
when you are ready, an upright chest freezer is the way to go, in my opinion (pictured in this thread; http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=14134.0)

before i got conicals, i had built a shelf inside and was able to fit 4 carboys or buckets in the fermentor at a time which was perfect.

but before that, for years I used a swamp cooler - 2 frozen gatorade bottles in the morning before work, 2 at night a little before bed and I was able to maintain 63-66 fairly consistent. 

where in J-ville you at?  i grew up in the Avondale/Riverside area.

good luck!

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