Cellar Cooling Unit

Discussion in 'Cellaring Beer' started by steinbbr, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. steinbbr

    steinbbr

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    I'm looking for some advice on purchasing a cooling unit for my beer cellar. Not sure what unit I should buy. The room is ~10X5 and looking to preferably buy something that will control humidity too. Anyone happy with their units or not?
     
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  2. FTowne

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    I've never had any complaints about my unit, so I suppose I'm happy with it. Nomsayin'?
     
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  3. steinbbr

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    Great so what do you have?
     
  4. steinbbr

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    Based on the lackluster reviews online I decide to forgo a cooling unit. Seems most folks feel the units are too finicky and prefer spending their money on highend insulation to ensure constant temperatures. Now I just need to build my beer cellar. Started framing the cellar out today... let's see where this goes.
     
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  5. steinbbr

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  6. steinbbr

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    Picked up my rigid foam insulation and subfloor yesterday. Hopefully installation and pics to follow later this week.
     
  7. steinbbr

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    Insulation going up now. Plan on using 1X3 strapping to attach blue board.
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  8. palmej1

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    Check out a Coolbot with a window unit. Seems to be a better choice than the some of the high end options.
     
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  9. steinbbr

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    Finally had some free time to work on the cellar. Foam insulation completed. Got the subfloor in yesterday and almost all of the 1X3 strapping up.
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    Just waiting on a special order door now.
     
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  10. Espeer

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    Yeah. The smallest window ac you can buy will work fine. I also know people who use them for fermentation chambers and to hold kegged beers being served.
     
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  11. steinbbr

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    My plan right now is to wait and see if I can maintain a constant temperature once the build is complete. However, I do like the coolbot option and I left spacing between the studs for an ac if I need it down the road.
     
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  12. palmej1

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    Sounds awesome, can't wait to see the finished product.
     
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  13. steinbbr

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    Took me a while to get the door squared and secured, but I finally managed. I have a few pieces of foam insulation left to add before Sheetrock and I plan on using spray foam to seal the rest of the gaps.[​IMG] This project is definitely taking longer than I anticipated!
     
  14. steinbbr

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    Haven't posted updates in a while, slowly making progress though. Over the past couple of weekends I've completed the insulation and spray foam sealing. Working on getting the green board in and installing LED lights. Removed the door and painted it and bought a cool touch key door lock to keep the riffraff out.
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  15. steinbbr

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    Cellar is complete finally.
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  16. steinbbr

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    Need to start building the racks now.
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  17. americanzero4128

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    If I had that much undrank beer my wife would kill me and bury me in a shallow grave on my parent's farm. Cool project though!

    I've already heard from her "Are you able to drink all this beer before it goes bad" and that's with about 2-3 cases of 12oz bottles and 2 cases of 22oz/750s
     
  18. steinbbr

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    I stood my ground firmly with my wife and assured her everyone hordes beer o_O
     
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  19. steinbbr

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  20. steinbbr

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    Wine rack building is underway 700 batons cut.
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