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My brewing fridge

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My brewing fridge

Postby rpt » Tue Apr 08, 2014 23:34

This isn't a proper how to but I thought I'd share a few photos of my brew fridge, made in early 2013 and at the time fermenting a Festival Landlord's Finest Bitter.

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It's not the neatest job but it was cheap and easy.
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Instead of expecting the glass shelf to support 25kg of beer it's resting at the back of the fridge plus a Wilkinson cheapo emulsion paint tin that I cleaned out.
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Taking a sample of the Landlord. I could probably have fitted the trial jar under the tap but the jug guarantees I won't spill any.
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Components and costs:
Fridge - free thanks to my in-laws having a new kitchen.
Heater - £12.50 eBay
STC-1000 - £18 eBay. You can get them cheaper but I chose a UK seller to get it quicker and guarantee no extra VAT.
5m 16A cable - £3.50 Local electrical store.
3m 6A heat resistant cable - £3 Local electrical store. I needed this as the flex supplied with the heater was too short
Terminal block - 59p (and I only used half) Local electrical store
Sockets - £1.75 each Wilkinson
Box - £1 Wilkinson
Mains plug - free as I already had one
RCD - free as I already have one. The consumer unit also has RCDs but it keeps SWMBO happy.

So that's about £42 plus fridge.


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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby kev » Wed Apr 09, 2014 04:10

My ferment fridges (I have 3!!) are awesome. I definitely make better beer now.

You can use them for keeping bottles warm to carbonate and all sorts.

Very handy

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby 31bb3 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 07:19

I acquired a 6 foot larder fridge for a quid off flea bay and he delivered lol its a lot better for fermenting as I ferment in the brewshed I can have 2 fvs in mine
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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby krazypara3165 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 07:37

I'm gutted that i dont have enough space at my place. However, if I tell my dad I can make lager i might be able to squeeze one in his garage!

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Re: My brewing fridge

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby GrahamT » Sun Apr 13, 2014 17:58

Be careful plugging brewfridges into RCDs. We had a power cut once which tripped the RCD on my pre-brewfridge aquarium heaters. I came back to find a cold FV, though luckily hadn't been away too long to wreck the brew.

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby tim_n » Mon Apr 14, 2014 13:39

Good guide - going to do something similar on my Brewpi build.

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby EvansTheSteam » Mon Apr 14, 2014 14:06

My fermenter won't fit in a domestic fridge or freezer, so had to go down the Maxwell tube route.
I use my HERMS and a "Maxi chiller" to drive it.

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 14:31


Kegged:
Simecoe APA (HBF Donation)

Bottled:
Galaxy Pale Ale, Woodfordes Wherry, Bella Brew Pale Ale, Strawberry and vanilla Pale Ale, Mixed fruits cider, Elderflower and grapefruit fizz.

Maturing:
Rhubarb Wine, WOW rose', Elderberry wine, Mixed berries wine, Elderflower and grapefruit wine, Elderberry wine.

Next Up:
German Pilsner, Guinness Clone, Chateau De Roi selection kit, Strawberry and lime cider.
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Re: My brewing fridge

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby EvansTheSteam » Mon Apr 14, 2014 21:54

I use the auxiliary sensors on my weather station to monitor all my ferment temps, it's saved the day on several occasions.

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby HoppyG » Thu Apr 17, 2014 21:18

I've got a fridge with a top compartment as a freezer which I want to convert to a FV fridge. I understand the wiring for the Stc 1000 but I'd like to know where does it get the heat from ,what do you wire it into?

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby stan » Thu Apr 17, 2014 21:40

buy a small greenhouse heater ( you can just see one in the picture ) about £10 _ £15 from amazon
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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby HoppyG » Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:57

Is that it behind the paint tin?
Is the cold feed straight into the fridge/thermostat?

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby HoppyG » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:05

I actually have a heatpad so I suppose this would be ok in place of a greenhouse heater :thumb:

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Re: My brewing fridge

Postby TidalPete » Mon Apr 28, 2014 06:46

Here's an old pic of my 30-year-old bar fridge I converted into a 2nd fermenting fridge about 6 years ago & also used for getting starters going at the correct temp (great for Belgians :D ) as well as lagering kegs if need be.

Freezer has been folded back, door shelving discarded & the original thermostat has been shifted to the rear.
Cooling/heating is controlled by a TempMate controller on top of the fridge & those red thingos underneath the shelf protect the (electricity) connections from the damp. One for the heating pad & one for the stir plate.
Ply shelf has since been replaced with aluminium checker-plate & am in the process of converting a corny keg dip tube into 2 x thermowells so that the controller probes in both fermentation fridges can be placed in the centre of the wort to give a more accurate reading.

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Re: My brewing fridge

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