Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Creating the perfect fermentation chamber
Each chamber is controlled by its own temperature control that can heat or cool the chamber to maintain a constant temperature inside. The STC-1000 temperature controllers where purchased off of ebay for a reasonable price. The temperature controller for the first chamber controls a 4" inline exhaust that is linked between the fermentation chamber and my kezzer to pull cold air in, and a return to exhaust the air inside back to the kezzer. The heating is provided by a brewers belt. The second chamber gets its cold air by a computer fan controlled by the second temperature controller, the heat is provided by a reptile heating cable spread under the slide out drawers.
Over the past months I have brewed several ales with great results in this, but the big test was recently when I brewed my first lager. I was able to maintain 52F in the first chamber for the primary fermentation of the lager without any problems. In my book that was a great success and the improvement in my beer is very noticeable. Visit My project shop for more DIY projects.