How to...build a fermentation fridge

If you know how to do something, and how it should be done, tell us here.

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Gethin79 » Tue May 13, 2014 21:02

I thought it was around 15A?

....but I could very well be wrong!!
User avatar
Gethin79
Brewer
 
Posts: 1057
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:21
Location: Rochester, Kent

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Squiffy » Wed May 14, 2014 15:22

:roll: I've just today finished constructing my first fermentation fridge, 500mm fridge off ebay, STC1000, greenhouse heater, etc. Can anyone suggest settings for the STC1000 to control the fermentation down to the 20°C mark, I am thinking about 17°C to allow for the additional heat the yeast creates, but I have no experience.
User avatar
Squiffy
Brewer
 
Posts: 180
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:20
Location: Preston, Lancashire.

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Gethin79 » Wed May 14, 2014 16:35

If you tape the end of the sensor to the fv and cover it with bubble wrap, it will monitor more the temperature of the wort rather than the air temp inside the fridge.

I then set the STC1000 with a tolerance of 0.5C. Seems to have worked for me so far.

There are other methods which involve having the sensor in the wort, but I have never tried it. I have read lengthy discussions before as to the best method to use, but taping the sensor to the fv is how I do it!

Hope this helps. :thumb:
User avatar
Gethin79
Brewer
 
Posts: 1057
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:21
Location: Rochester, Kent

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Springer » Wed May 14, 2014 19:27

Good guide Gethin, nicely documented. :thumb:
I really like STC1000s for quite a few jobs, beer, bees and gardening. :) When I put one together I put two single 13 amp sockets on the project box, avoids having trailing sockets.
Just an alternative way of doing it.
S
:D

It's a dog life :D
User avatar
Springer
Brewer
 
Posts: 1353
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:18

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby stuart180 » Wed May 21, 2014 14:45

Maybe a daft question, but.... once my Beers are finished fermenting, can I turn my fermentation fridge into a cold 'cellar temp' store for them?
So knock the temp down from around 20 to 12/14 ??
User avatar
stuart180
Brewer
 
Posts: 446
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 13:06

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby chojo » Sun May 25, 2014 15:24

stuart180 wrote:Maybe a daft question, but.... once my Beers are finished fermenting, can I turn my fermentation fridge into a cold 'cellar temp' store for them?
So knock the temp down from around 20 to 12/14 ??

I'd be interested in this myself as that was my plan too as my sheds get really warm in the summer. As long as we adjust the stc to the temp we want i can't see any issues but knowing me i'll be completely wrong as i always am!

FV 1- The Range Make your own white wine.
FV 2 - Wilkos Mexican cerveza
FV 3 - Empty
DJ 1 - Orange and cranberry hippy juice
DJ 2 - Turbo cider
DJ 3 - Empty
User avatar
chojo
Brewer
 
Posts: 52
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 15:21
Location: warrington

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby andysale » Sun May 25, 2014 15:56

chojo wrote:
stuart180 wrote:Maybe a daft question, but.... once my Beers are finished fermenting, can I turn my fermentation fridge into a cold 'cellar temp' store for them?
So knock the temp down from around 20 to 12/14 ??

I'd be interested in this myself as that was my plan too as my sheds get really warm in the summer. As long as we adjust the stc to the temp we want i can't see any issues but knowing me i'll be completely wrong as i always am!



It's what I do with my fridge. It's currently set for 12C. My next brew will be a lager and when it is finished and finished secondary I intend to use the fridge to condition the lager for a couple of weeks while I am on holiday. I will set the fridge to 2 or 3C or whatever it will go down to.
User avatar
andysale
Brewer
 
Posts: 87
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2014 19:40
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby stuart180 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:52

Finally managed to get some free time to finish off my kit.

STC all done -

Image

Fridges in the brew room (crappy outbuilding! lol)
Image

Just checking it all fits

Image

Did a test run and it worked a treat.

Thanks for the help and tips
User avatar
stuart180
Brewer
 
Posts: 446
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 13:06

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby AltonAnt » Wed Jun 25, 2014 13:48

stuart180 wrote:Maybe a daft question, but.... once my Beers are finished fermenting, can I turn my fermentation fridge into a cold 'cellar temp' store for them?
So knock the temp down from around 20 to 12/14 ??


There is a custom firmware available for v1.0 STC-1000 that I'll be loading on mine shortly.
It has the added function of being able to set temperature profiles such as start at 16°c, rise to 18°c in 24 hrs and hold for 5 days etc :thumb:

I do what you mention all the time BTW.
User avatar
AltonAnt
Brewer
 
Posts: 922
Joined: Thu May 08, 2014 10:45
Location: Alton, Hants

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby maggs » Wed Jun 25, 2014 14:10

[quote="Alton]

There is a custom firmware available for v1.0 STC-1000 that I'll be loading on mine shortly.
It has the added function of being able to set temperature profiles such as start at 16°c, rise to 18°c in 24 hrs and hold for 5 days etc :thumb:

I do what you mention all the time BTW.[/quote]

You got a link to that? Could come in useful in the future.

mob.
User avatar
maggs
Brewer
 
Posts: 341
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:46

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby AltonAnt » Wed Jun 25, 2014 14:33

maggs wrote:You got a link to that? Could come in useful in the future.


You can find the source here - https://github.com/matsstaff/stc1000p
User avatar
AltonAnt
Brewer
 
Posts: 922
Joined: Thu May 08, 2014 10:45
Location: Alton, Hants

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby maggs » Wed Jun 25, 2014 14:40

Cheers.
User avatar
maggs
Brewer
 
Posts: 341
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:46

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Springer » Wed Jun 25, 2014 14:55

AltonAnt wrote:
maggs wrote:You got a link to that? Could come in useful in the future.


You can find the source here - https://github.com/matsstaff/stc1000p


That looks interesting AA, another winter project. :thumb:
S

It's a dog life :D
User avatar
Springer
Brewer
 
Posts: 1353
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:18

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Gethin79 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 19:14

stuart180 wrote:Finally managed to get some free time to finish off my kit.

STC all done -

Image

Fridges in the brew room (crappy outbuilding! lol)
Image

Just checking it all fits

Image

Did a test run and it worked a treat.

Thanks for the help and tips


Looks good :thumb:
Now look forward to much easier and more reliable temperature control!! :)
User avatar
Gethin79
Brewer
 
Posts: 1057
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:21
Location: Rochester, Kent

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby stuart180 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 19:37

Thanks gents, getting my last kit on the go tomorrow (before going AG) so will be putting it to use
User avatar
stuart180
Brewer
 
Posts: 446
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 13:06

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby BarnsleyBrewer » Thu Sep 04, 2014 15:39

A good informative how to............ :clap: :clap:

"Brewing Fine Ales in Barnsley Since 1984"
- - - - - - - 30 years (1984 - 2014)- - - - - - -
Pints Brewed in 2018......... 416
Pints brewed in 2017.. 416
Pints brewed in 2016.. 208
Pints brewed in 2015.. 624
Pints brewed in 2014.. 832
User avatar
BarnsleyBrewer
Brewer
 
Posts: 1381
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2014 14:12
Location: Wombwell, South Yorkshire

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Zod » Thu Sep 04, 2014 15:46

I have absolutely no idea what the difference is between the two, so this may be a stupid question:

Can I convert a FREEZER in the same way?

User avatar
Zod
Brewer
 
Posts: 1162
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2014 18:53

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby jacklunnon » Thu Sep 04, 2014 15:56

Yep. Just be wary of condensation causing rot in bottom of a chest style freezer, towels can stop it. And set your compressor delay to the full 10 mins as the compressors are more sensitive to breaking if they cycle too often

Using Tapatalk
User avatar
jacklunnon
Brewer
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2014 22:34

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Zod » Thu Sep 04, 2014 16:04

jacklunnon wrote:Yep. Just be wary of condensation causing rot in bottom of a chest style freezer, towels can stop it. And set your compressor delay to the full 10 mins as the compressors are more sensitive to breaking if they cycle too often


Marvelous - I was offered a free chest freezer this week.

User avatar
Zod
Brewer
 
Posts: 1162
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2014 18:53

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby jacklunnon » Thu Sep 04, 2014 16:06

You will most likely need to build a collar round the top and then mount the lid to the top of that. Easiest to then fit the taps in the collar and it avoids drilling and pipes by accident!

Using Tapatalk
User avatar
jacklunnon
Brewer
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2014 22:34

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Zod » Thu Sep 04, 2014 16:08

jacklunnon wrote:You will most likely need to build a collar round the top and then mount the lid to the top of that. Easiest to then fit the taps in the collar and it avoids drilling and pipes by accident!


you've lost me - know any good youtube how to's???

User avatar
Zod
Brewer
 
Posts: 1162
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2014 18:53

How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby jacklunnon » Thu Sep 04, 2014 16:10

A wooden collar about 6-8 inches tall that lifts the lid up as. Most kegs with fittings are tallker than the freezer. I haven't got any particular links best bet is google

Using Tapatalk
User avatar
jacklunnon
Brewer
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2014 22:34

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby jacklunnon » Thu Sep 04, 2014 16:10

A wooden collar about 6-8 inches tall that lifts the lid up as. Most kegs with fittings are tallker than the freezer. I haven't got any particular links but google is a good bet

Using Tapatalk
User avatar
jacklunnon
Brewer
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2014 22:34

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby chojo » Thu Sep 04, 2014 19:37

Zod wrote:
jacklunnon wrote:You will most likely need to build a collar round the top and then mount the lid to the top of that. Easiest to then fit the taps in the collar and it avoids drilling and pipes by accident!


you've lost me - know any good youtube how to's???


this may be what your looking for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHWy_Vlw3J4

FV 1- The Range Make your own white wine.
FV 2 - Wilkos Mexican cerveza
FV 3 - Empty
DJ 1 - Orange and cranberry hippy juice
DJ 2 - Turbo cider
DJ 3 - Empty
User avatar
chojo
Brewer
 
Posts: 52
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 15:21
Location: warrington

Re: How to...build a fermentation fridge

Postby Joe1002 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 20:26


A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure.
User avatar
Joe1002
Moderator
 
Posts: 2758
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:01
Location: Essex

PreviousNext

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests