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Fridge for Dry Aging?

For all of you who dry age at home. What type of fridge are you using?

Small 3-5 cu'?
Wine fridge?
Regular home size fridge?

Been reading threads here and see temps of 33-38* is desired for dry aging.

What temp has been ideal for you?

I'm looking at a small size to put on a counter in the garage and give it a go.

Thank you in advance. 
XL aka Senior, Mini Max aka Junior, Weber Q's, Blackstone 22, Lion built in, RecTec Mini 300, Lodge Hibachi, Uuni, wife says I have too many grills,,,,how many shoes do you have?
 
IG -->  matt_86m

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  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,814
    Regular size spare beer fridge here. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • abtaylor260abtaylor260 Posts: 190
    I have a regular size spare fridge as well. Better temp control and will last you longer. I keep it on 37 when I dry age and what WeberWho said you can have some extra space for other stuff. 
  • JustBugginJustBuggin Posts: 107
    edited April 2020
    Not to hijack your thread but I think it goes along with your question. Do you guys use a fridge that gets semi-every day use? For example, can opening and closing it to get beer/other foods out potentially harm the meat dry-aging?
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,749
    Most of the small dorm style fridge units are only designed to cool to about 40 degrees. They also do not have an internal fan to circulate the air. This is a MUST have. Wine fridge, unless it’s a very high end unit will not work.
    I found a great buy on a high end bar fridge with great internal fan. But it’s only large enough for small primal cuts.
    Like others have said. Buy a cheap standard size fridge and load it with extra drinks.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 7,661
    Not dry aging in mine, BUT you can overcome the higher operating temp issue @Photo Egg  pointed out with Mini Fridges by adding and InkBird controller and bypassing the thermostat in the fridge $70.00, plus this controller will do humidity as well

    https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat-Variations/dp/B07GR31TBW

    I put a small USB Fan in mine for airflow , works great $20.00

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PZBVLC7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker coming soon- Blackstone 36 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • I used our fridge in the kitchen.  This practice does not make the wife happy though.
    Elkhorn, NE
    1 large egg
    28" Blackstone
    Akorn Jr. 
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,749
    edited April 2020
    lkapigian said:
    Not dry aging in mine, BUT you can overcome the higher operating temp issue @Photo Egg  pointed out with Mini Fridges by adding and InkBird controller and bypassing the thermostat in the fridge $70.00, plus this controller will do humidity as well

    https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat-Variations/dp/B07GR31TBW

    I put a small USB Fan in mine for airflow , works great $20.00

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PZBVLC7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Most of the mini, dorm style fridge units use a cooling system that physically can only get so cold. Now the units that also have a small freezer are a different unit.
    As far a controlling humidity, how can a sealed mini fridge vent humidity if humidity is to high?
    Answer is it doesn’t. You can add a dehumidifier that will not fit in a mini fridge. That’s it. The item listed above, is a controller only. It only reads the humidity. You have to add other equipment to actually adjust humidity. There was a great video link poster here a few months ago about a guy,  in England I believe, talking about all the issues involved in trying to make a cheap dry age fridge.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 7,661
    edited April 2020
    The EvaDry is small, mine sits in the shelf on the door doesn't take fridge space,  the controller controls the temp and dehumidifier, no other controls with this one



    USB fan



    That inkbird controller can do cooling and humidity at the same time or heat and cool or humidify dehumdify ...when I was setting this up with no load I could get it in the 30s but it was cool out, I ran it into the 90s as well with a reptile heater 




    Or try this before investing 


    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker coming soon- Blackstone 36 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,749
    lkapigian said:
    The EvaDry is small, mine sits in the shelf on the door doesn't take fridge space,  the controller controls the temp and dehumidifier, no other controls with this one



    USB fan



    That inkbird controller can do cooling and humidity at the same time or heat and cool or humidify dehumdify ...when I was setting this up with no load I could get it in the 30s but it was cool out, I ran it into the 90s as well with a reptile heater 




    Or try this before investing 


    Looks like a science project. But it works. Great post.
    Purchase a good mini fridge, the controller, fan and dehumidifier. Cost would run close to the same price as a ready to go small home fridge/freezer that still has lots of room for beer?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 7,661
    edited April 2020
    Photo Egg said:
    lkapigian said:
    The EvaDry is small, mine sits in the shelf on the door doesn't take fridge space,  the controller controls the temp and dehumidifier, no other controls with this one



    USB fan



    That inkbird controller can do cooling and humidity at the same time or heat and cool or humidify dehumdify ...when I was setting this up with no load I could get it in the 30s but it was cool out, I ran it into the 90s as well with a reptile heater 




    Or try this before investing 


    Looks like a science project. But it works. Great post.
    Purchase a good mini fridge, the controller, fan and dehumidifier. Cost would run close to the same price as a ready to go small home fridge/freezer that still has lots of room for beer?
    That's correct @PhotoEgg , I got a deal on buying 2 of these,  my cost per cubic foot would be less with a larger one for sure..i think I am a little over $200.00 complete setup fridge controller heater fans etc X2 as I did 2 of everything .i wanted the ability to have both fermenting and drying , I'm finding now fermenting at room temp is just fine with no chamber 
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker coming soon- Blackstone 36 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,518
    so I am interested in doing this. I have a full size fridge in the garage that stays 80% empty. is there a good resource to read up on the process, start to finish? I have something I am cooking for in almost exactly 2 months so starting now would be ideal
    Boom
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 7,661
    If it were me,I would start with the Dry Age Steak Wraps as they overcome the pitfalls of low RH in the fridge, while you are doing that you can monitor the RH and see how it settles in....If not using a product like that I would still look @ the inKbird controller and humidifier/dehumidifier one or both depending on how your set up settles in
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker coming soon- Blackstone 36 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 466
    Thanks for all the responses!!

    I have a wine fridge that I'd like to use. No room in the garage for another full size fridge (I have a 20 cu' freezer already) 

    My concern with the wine fridge was temp's. Got it for free, plugged it in and ill see what temp it get down too.

    Dont have space in the kitchen fridge to do this.

    Ill look into the controller and humidifier, Thank you for those.


    XL aka Senior, Mini Max aka Junior, Weber Q's, Blackstone 22, Lion built in, RecTec Mini 300, Lodge Hibachi, Uuni, wife says I have too many grills,,,,how many shoes do you have?
     
    IG -->  matt_86m
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,749
    lkapigian said:
    Photo Egg said:
    lkapigian said:
    The EvaDry is small, mine sits in the shelf on the door doesn't take fridge space,  the controller controls the temp and dehumidifier, no other controls with this one



    USB fan



    That inkbird controller can do cooling and humidity at the same time or heat and cool or humidify dehumdify ...when I was setting this up with no load I could get it in the 30s but it was cool out, I ran it into the 90s as well with a reptile heater 




    Or try this before investing 


    Looks like a science project. But it works. Great post.
    Purchase a good mini fridge, the controller, fan and dehumidifier. Cost would run close to the same price as a ready to go small home fridge/freezer that still has lots of room for beer?
    That's correct @PhotoEgg , I got a deal on buying 2 of these,  my cost per cubic foot would be less with a larger one for sure..i think I am a little over $200.00 complete setup fridge controller heater fans etc X2 as I did 2 of everything .i wanted the ability to have both fermenting and drying , I'm finding now fermenting at room temp is just fine with no chamber 
    That all very cool.
    If you get a short power loss does your controller hold memory or default to some standard numbers?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 7,661
    edited April 2020
    Photo Egg said:
    lkapigian said:
    Photo Egg said:
    lkapigian said:
    The EvaDry is small, mine sits in the shelf on the door doesn't take fridge space,  the controller controls the temp and dehumidifier, no other controls with this one



    USB fan



    That inkbird controller can do cooling and humidity at the same time or heat and cool or humidify dehumdify ...when I was setting this up with no load I could get it in the 30s but it was cool out, I ran it into the 90s as well with a reptile heater 




    Or try this before investing 


    Looks like a science project. But it works. Great post.
    Purchase a good mini fridge, the controller, fan and dehumidifier. Cost would run close to the same price as a ready to go small home fridge/freezer that still has lots of room for beer?
    That's correct @PhotoEgg , I got a deal on buying 2 of these,  my cost per cubic foot would be less with a larger one for sure..i think I am a little over $200.00 complete setup fridge controller heater fans etc X2 as I did 2 of everything .i wanted the ability to have both fermenting and drying , I'm finding now fermenting at room temp is just fine with no chamber 
    That all very cool.
    If you get a short power loss does your controller hold memory or default to some standard numbers?
    @photoegg it does have built in memory but I could not tell you how long it is ...I have one on the spare fridge I will unplug and check, I would imagine, but will confirm,it will hold quite along time.............since this model does so much IE it will do only humidity control, only temp control, or both ( its why the plugs are labeled work 1 work 2 ) there would be no standard default
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker coming soon- Blackstone 36 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,749
    lkapigian said:
    Photo Egg said:
    lkapigian said:
    Photo Egg said:
    lkapigian said:
    The EvaDry is small, mine sits in the shelf on the door doesn't take fridge space,  the controller controls the temp and dehumidifier, no other controls with this one



    USB fan



    That inkbird controller can do cooling and humidity at the same time or heat and cool or humidify dehumdify ...when I was setting this up with no load I could get it in the 30s but it was cool out, I ran it into the 90s as well with a reptile heater 




    Or try this before investing 


    Looks like a science project. But it works. Great post.
    Purchase a good mini fridge, the controller, fan and dehumidifier. Cost would run close to the same price as a ready to go small home fridge/freezer that still has lots of room for beer?
    That's correct @PhotoEgg , I got a deal on buying 2 of these,  my cost per cubic foot would be less with a larger one for sure..i think I am a little over $200.00 complete setup fridge controller heater fans etc X2 as I did 2 of everything .i wanted the ability to have both fermenting and drying , I'm finding now fermenting at room temp is just fine with no chamber 
    That all very cool.
    If you get a short power loss does your controller hold memory or default to some standard numbers?
    @photoegg it does have built in memory but I could not tell you how long it is ...I have one on the spare fridge I will unplug and check, I would imagine, but will confirm,it will hold quite along time.............since this model does so much IE it will do only humidity control, only temp control, or both ( its why the plugs are labeled work 1 work 2 ) there would be no standard default
    Thanks for all the information!
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • BigGreenKevBigGreenKev Posts: 124
    I've had great success with bags from umai.  Vac seal it in there and stick in a fridge for 60 days.  Couldn't be easier.  No worries about temp, air circulating or smells.
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 5,211
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  • bradleya123bradleya123 Posts: 378
    I just ordered the dry steak wraps, thinking about using a Filet Mignon.  What piece of meat works and tastes the best?  
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Pinehurst, NC

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