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ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1109
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 08:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I do have a dorm fidge with a hole cut in the top for lagering 1 carboy. I also have a ranco temp controller and some of that silver foil coated duct insulation.. Im thing I could take off the door and make a 1 carboy addition to keep two carboys at 50 degrees...

How many folks vote to go for it?
Any suggestions?. IS this 1" insulation board enough. I can also throw on some old sleeping bags (and heaven forbid wrap it in fiberglass R-11 yuck I hate that stuff) and hide that bad boy behind the bar downstairs till labor day or the elk kill which it appears this kolch will require. I dont need the beer for hunting as I dont have time to drink more than a couple of beers a day. Many folks don't realize that late August archery huning means up at 5 am and hunt till 9:15 pm then walk an hour or more in the dark back to camp eat some grub and grab 6 hours sleep and do it again. Hopefully you get a nap on the hillside during the day because 5-7 days of this is rough. But boy do you think about all the beer you will drink after the hunt to make up for it. I swear you can smell hops in the air in the forest.
 

Michael Davis
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Username: Michael_davis

Post Number: 20
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 08:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ELK,
I think it would depend on how tough your fridge is. I think if it's a cold little fridge, then it should certainly be able to pull it off...especially if you do a decent job on the insulation. If you don't, it might be running all day! And then my fear would be a short lifespan of the compressor. But I say go for it...life is supposed to be exciting.
 

Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 187
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 09:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I say go for it. Check out the plan & pics of what I did in the gallery.

http://hbd.org/discus/messages/366/29083.html?1111611392

(Message edited by roger456 on June 23, 2005)
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1110
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 10:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you ever hook up the fan? My dorm fridge is smaller than that one but my overall volume will be smaller and just snuggly fit 2 carboys..If I put it in my 68 basement it will only have to cool down 18 degrees.. I have used it to lagger at 33 degrees with one carboy. Like I said the guy I got my dorm fridge from had cut a hole so a carboy neck and airlock will stick out. I do have a fridge just like yours also...So I suess this is just a mcgiver deal...Sounds like something to do Sunday while the race is on!!

(Message edited by elkski on June 23, 2005)
 

Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 190
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 11:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No fan. I haven't even fixed the silicone hole. but it holds a temp of 55F -- i haven't done any lagers in it, yet-- without cycling on and off frequently. I have run it at 50F, but only for short (24hr-ish) periods. It is usually set between 60-65, though once I finally get to fixing the lid seal...
 

ERD
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Username: Rico

Post Number: 24
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 11:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It should work as long as the insulation is good and the temperature differential isn't too great (not to hot in your home).
 

Tony Legge
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Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 36
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 12:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How can you get 6 hours of sleep? The guys I hunt with wouldn't let anyone get to sleep until every beer that was cold was gone.That's why we ended up hiding the beer. No elk here, but the moose get to a fair size, and usually we have it hung up before dusk and a taste of it in the pan frying.
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1111
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 03:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I Do kinda miss the beer drinking hunting times but this is a real hard hunt, I have harvested my elk 9 out of 11 years now and only one big bull (330) without the bow and one year I didn't really hunt elk because I had a cow moose in the freezer.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 1723
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 03:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use a small square dorm fridge for my ales in the summer and have a 1 bucket and 2 bucket insulated boxes I use with it. I put a computer fan in the fridge on a timer that cycles on/off every 3 hours. It will usually maintain 10-12 degrees less than ambient temp. Friday when I was brewing it was 78 in the basement and 68 inside the box. My fridge wouldn't begin to do lagers but yours may be a larger size. I use a full size fridge and temp controller for my lagers all year long.
 

Tim W
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Username: Timw

Post Number: 143
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 05:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would use a small fan to circulate the air and build the box big enough to handle 2 fermenters.