Are beverage coolers (usually) harder to hack than fridges?


#1

I’d prefer to use a beverage cooler as fermentation chamber and have the compressor controlled directly. However, I’m no hardware guy, this is my first build and I’d like to avoid too much frustration/headache.

What are your experiences with beverage coolers? Are they (usually) harder to hack than fridges? Is there something specific I should be looking/asking for when choosing a beverage cooler? Maybe some visual characteristics which indicate lots of electronic, …?

Thanks for your ideas!

-Marc


#2

I have a GDM 12 and it was a piece of cake since the compressor power was a plug. Would like to be able to make the fan run only for a few minutes after the compressor stops since it generates heat in the fridge, but that does mean no external heater is necessary


#3

Thanks, Bryan. The decision was finally made not by myself but a friendly pub owner from the neighborhood who contributed a fridge in exchange for couple of bottles of my first upcoming brew (still TODO) :slight_smile: