So... I stumbled across a Beverage Air direct-draw beer refrigerator on Craigslist at a price I had to jump on. My question is in regards to fermentation. I want to use the extra space inside the cooler to store my carboy(s), however, my kegs will be at refrigeration/serving temps, far too low for my brewed ales. Is there a way I can still ferment ales inside? As of now, I can think of four options:
1) Use a temp control unit to control a FermWrap or similar device, possibly in conjunction with a carboy bag/parka and hood thermowell. (How effective will this method be when trying to raise the fermenting beer +20Â°F?)
2) Create a partition within the refrigerator to create two temp zones. The partition could have a fan to draw in cold air, again, controlled by a Johnson or Ranco.
3) Build a separate, insulated cabinet for fermentation and fashion a vented duct connecting it to the refrigerator. (This option would be least desirable)
4) Only brew lagers....
Any suggestions would be greatly