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2nd try ....turning small dorm fridge into fermenting/ curing chamber

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Thought I posted this already but it's no where to be found so ......... I picked up a small dorm size fridge has a very small freezer at the top . I have the temp controller that has been mentioned in other builds, with the small size I won't have eroom for a humidifier so I'll use the şaltwater method. Has any one done this yet ? Any instruction ,help or direction will be greatly appreaciated.
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DiggingDogFarm uses a salt humidity control.....    Here are charts......  Dave

 


Edited by DaveOmak - 5/27/13 at 5:14pm
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Larry, morning....   You getting it figured out ????    Dave

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Larry

 

On a small fridge like this for humidity why dont you try some crystal unscented cat litter or some cigar humi beads. Both can maintain a R/H of 65-70%

The salt works but you have to contend with water spill if the fridge gets knocked or bumped.

 

Note that if you use the crystal litter the clear & blue chunks will not give off any odor or taste.

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Ikrus

 

You don't have to have the humidifier inside the cabinet. Here is a link to my build. Although mine is a commercial freezer if you scroll down through the pictures you will see how I setup the humidifier.

 

http://www.wedlinydomowe.pl/en/viewtopic.php?t=6426

 

Mike

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I have done one 4.5 cubic feet refrigerator with an ultrasonic humidifier.

 

You can remove and remote the ultrasonic transducer so that it can fit.

 

Looks like the water is boiling, but it is not.

 

dcarch

 

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My compact fridge is came with a small freezer.I used the şaltwater method and it is great!

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My compact fridge is came with a small freezer.I used the şaltwater method and it is great!

 

A couple of questions...How much Salt?

How much Water?

What kind of container?

How often is it replaced?...JJ

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A couple of questions...How much Salt?

How much Water?

What kind of container?

How often is it replaced?...JJ

 

In post #3 I posted about brines.....

 

The salt doesn't wear out.....  You don't have to replace it....  A salt resistant container, plastic.....  Saturated solutions is what the directions call for......

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In post #3 I posted about brines.....

 

The salt doesn't wear out.....  You don't have to replace it....  A salt resistant container, plastic.....  Saturated solutions is what the directions call for......

 

Thanks, had a Brian Fart. Chem Class was 35 years ago. For the benefit of others, here is some info on Saturated Solutions from the Mountain Empire Community College website...JJ

 

Saturation

Once a solution has reached the limit of the solute's and solvent's solubility, the solution is said to be saturated, meaning that it can hold no more solute.  If additional solute is added to a saturated solution, the extra solute will settle out, forming a separate layer like the kind you would see when two substances are insoluble.  

Supersaturated salt solution. A saturated solution of table salt and water.

 

 

You can form your own saturated solution of table salt and water as follows.  Add salt to water, stirring constantly until the salt dissolves.  At first, the salt will completely dissolve in the water, discoloring the water slightly but leaving no visible solid residue.  However, once you have added a certain amount of salt to the water, the solution becomes saturated.  When you add more salt past the saturation point, the salt will not dissolve into the water no matter how long you mix the solution.  Instead, the extra salt will settle out in a layer at the bottom of the solution as shown above.  
 
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“---Once a solution has reached the limit of the solute's and solvent's solubility, the solution is said to be saturated, meaning that it can hold no more solute.  If additional solute is added to a saturated solution, the extra solute will settle out, forming a separate layer like the kind you would see when two substances are insoluble.  ---“

 

The way to tell if a solution has reached maximum solubility:

 

As long as you can add salt and the volume of the liquid does not increase, the solubility has not been reached.

 

Also, if the salt is pure, the solution should not be cloudy, just like crystal clear salty unpolluted ocean in many areas.

 

TBSTBS

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can anyone point me to any mor info on this salt water method? just got my mini fridg and am also doing a cure chamber. 

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Here is a chart..... It is recommended you use pickling salt, kosher salt, for the salt, and distilled water for the liquid....


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thanks Dave !

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