1 Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 12:55 AM

Look out world

Ought to be able to build a shelf to get two fermenters in there as well

2 Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:12 AM

Congratulations!

Two FV? You going to do double batches?

Cheers,

Christina.

3 Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:28 AM

Nah, I often have two separate batches on the go. I've been brewing in fits and bursts lately

4 Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:27 PM

So, fridge shelves … how much weight can they hold anyway?

5 Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 9:17 PM

The glass shelves in my fermenting freezer hold at least 23 litres but they bend a bit and I've been meaning to put a plywood shelf in

6 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:10 AM

Congratulations dude, it makes such a difference to the brews.

Are you going to be using a stc to control it? Make sure you change some settings.

I picked up a $50 gum tree fridge back in March and wired a STC 1000 into it, and it was fine until a month ago when I added a heat belt to warm everything up as ambient was too cold in my shed for the yeast to work.
I didn't turn up the cooling lag time on the stc and I only had a 0.5 degree tolerance set, so I killed the compressor from the rapid cycling between heat and cool. Looks like a new fridge for me in the spring.

7 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:42 AM

Mine was cycling the same meves. I read on here not to heat the brew, but the environment. So I moved heat belt so it was draped over rather than around the FV.

Worked well, the heat belt.was operating, fridge was not. No yo yo, no compressor probs. If it gets really cold I might need a reptile heater cord to warm the space.

8 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:45 AM

Oh yeah King Rudd the wire shelves that came with my fridge could not support a full FV. Had to make a plywood shelf. It's not perfect because air doesn't flow through it, so fermenting two FVs means I one is warmer than the other.

I've been meaning to drill holes for circulation and/or install some.computer fans. But I've been surviving on one FV at a time for nkw

9 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 2:11 PM

The wire shelf in my fridge does support 23 litres. Bends a bit mind.

I've been thinking about what to replace it with. Something with holes in.
I've thought if I were able to get one of those plastic bread crates and cut
it to size it would be idea. I will probably be getting rid of my larger fridge
soon though, so I'm not really worried about it.

10 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 3:05 PM

Nice. I have a wire shelf in mine. Has two fv on one shelf, a row of tiles then another shelf on top of tiles That takes the bow out.
Happy brewing

11 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 5:28 PM

King Ruddager:

So, fridge shelves … how much weight can they hold anyway?


I've got a relatively modern fridge with plastic shelves which have no hope of holding over 25kg. Even the plastic top on the vege cripser was too shitty to put any weight on. I got a piece of timber… I cant remember what it is, and put a hole saw through it a few times to allow airflow, then spray painted all the exposed timber to prevent mould.

I just got given a second fridge with old wire shelves which feel like I could park a car on them…

12 Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 7:23 PM

Graculus:

I've thought if I were able to get one of those plastic bread crates and cut
it to size it would be idea.


I LOVE this idea!!!! What an awesome hack. I'll do this soon and report back. Should be plenty of ventilation and strength in a bread crate

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