So we decided that the Fermentasaurus is a great bit of brewing kit at a really good price. It has basically the same feature set as a stainless conical fermenter in that you can remove the trub without exposing your brew to air or having to rack it to another container.
It is also fantastic in that you can ferment under pressure and also use it as a keg!
The one thing it lacks when compared to say to say a Grainfather or SS Brewtech Conical is the ability to control the temperature during fermentation unless you put the whole thing in a fridge...
Well we decided to fix that!
A quick trip to Bunnings later and we were ready to hack our mini kegerator and make it an all in one brewing, chilling and serving pocket rocket!
What we bought was:
1 x 240v 15 watt immersible water pump off ebay
1 x 240v heat belt for a fermenter again off ebay
1 x MK11 Temperature controller we had sitting around
1 x 1/2 size x 100mm deep gastronom plastic tray
Then we got to work....
The only thing to be really careful of is where you put the holes through your fridge, we were basically going in blind and just took an educated guess after examining where all the hose lead from the compressor and on the inside of the fridge. I think that it is a lot easier on bar fridges as a full size fridge has gas lines running all through the walls. If you go slow though and feel for any obstructions before cutting to hard or deep you should be fine.
We now have a complete brewery and kegerator that holds up to 30L of 4 different drinks in a footprint of 50cm x 50cm... Anyone can find that space in their apartment!
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|Vessel Name (Volume)||Height||Diameter||330ml Bottle Equivalent|
|"Growler" (2L) - Insulated||30.5cm||13 cm||6|
|"BBW Growler" (4L)- Insulated||35cm||15.5cm||12|
|"UniTank" (35L)||90cm||38cm||Up to 90|