After far too long, I've completed the beast. Mostly. My son of fermentation chiller is now 99% assembled and I'm relaxing with a Brooklyn Winter Ale. After a long day and a run, I'm just far to lazy to post pictures or video now.
As for the chiller, I've got the hardware installed, the weather striping in and other than running out of caulk, I'm ready to call it finished. While I plan on doing a full walk through later this week, I really can't impress how difficult it is to get the weather striping to stick to the foam.
I'm quite happy with the few minor modifications that I made to the design of the baffle. Most notably, I did not fix the baffle in place. Instead I've got it hanging in place on some screws. Why? I wanted to have flexibility in my ice chamber - especially when it comes to getting the ice in and out.
I also added a fan to the bottom of the baffle to increase air flow. In my initial temperature tests during my Thanksgiving turkey thaw, I noticed that it did melt the ice faster, but that it definitely increase the chilling power. I'll give it some tests and see if it's really worth while. Worst case, I just caulk it into place.
Then I notched the top of the baffle to house the temperature control unit. It's a nice central location and allows for easy routing of my cables, especially the power cable, which I have coming out the rear panel at the top.
Also, M and I hit JW Dover Beer Supply store this weekend to get my fermentation and bottling buckets. I opted for plastic because, well, they were cheap. The only downside of the Dover buckets was... I have to drill my own hole for the spigot.
Still, I'm very close to my first brew session. With some luck - and more motivation - I'll be brewing some beer this weekend.
As for the Brooklyn, well, it was drinkable. It's already gone and I didn't hated one sip. It's roasted and nutty with a hint of caramel. While I wouldn't list it in my top three Christmas brews, it's definitely drinkable.
And now... it's time for beer two. What are you drinking? Have any recommendations?