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Offline gman23

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mini fridge fermentation chamber
« on: March 23, 2015, 03:22:34 PM »
Trying to find a mini fridge that will fit my 30L speidel. The problem is that most mini fridges have the compressor at the bottom so the bottom is not flat. There is usually a shelf right above that point but then height becomes an issue. A chest freezer would be the better solution but space and budget are main concerns.

Anyone ferment in a mini-fridge?
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Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 03:48:35 PM »
Amanda K has a few wine coolers that she uses for fermentation. Maybe she can chime in with the model numbers.

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Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2015, 04:54:35 PM »
u can try to modify mini fridge box - by adding another feet or two of height to original box - may not be professional but u can possibly have temp chamber for around $50 (depening on type of material u decide to use ) plus cost of a mini fridge around $ 100 - 150

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Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 05:11:16 PM »
u can try to modify mini fridge box - by adding another feet or two of height to original box - may not be professional but u can possibly have temp chamber for around $50 (depening on type of material u decide to use ) plus cost of a mini fridge around $ 100 - 150

Yeah I have been looking to buy a used one for less than $100.

I have an insulated chamber that I built for warming in the colder months so I am considering modifying that to cool. I am not sure how well it will perform so I am not convinced I should waste my time. I want to be able to lager in the middle of the summer.
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Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 05:41:15 PM »
yeah best bet might be an apartment size refridge if space is the issue..i forget the sqft but they are smaller. you could then build shelf out of wood and get that puppy in the fridge no problem.

used small refridge around here seems to be either free or less than $100
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Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2015, 09:31:37 PM »
u can try to modify mini fridge box - by adding another feet or two of height to original box - may not be professional but u can possibly have temp chamber for around $50 (depening on type of material u decide to use ) plus cost of a mini fridge around $ 100 - 150

Are you suggesting increasing the height of a minifridge?  My recollection is that typically there is a refrigerant line that runs across the top, which is why you must be careful when installing a tap tower, so adding height would not seem possible unless you were to splice into the refrigerant lines and then re-charge the freon.  Doesn't seem worth it.

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Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2015, 09:56:34 PM »
Yeah I don't think I would be attempting that... Modifying my current fermentation chamber would happen instead.

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