After some thought and experimentation, the fermentation chamber is pretty much finished and functional. All I have left to do is remount the front light cover. The shelves that came with it ended up working out nicely for storing bottles and one gallon dregs fermenters. The bottom of the chamber is plenty large for all of the homebrew that I might need to keep temperature controlled. Beyond cleaning it, painting it, repositioning shelves and connecting a temperature controller, the only major process was deciding how to black out the glass doors. Thanks to everyone at the NB Forum for their input and to friends and local brewers for their ideas as well. Ultimately, I decided to use chalkboard paint after seeing a similar set up at Hess Brewing here in San Diego. Having the glass tinted would probably have worked, but all of the tinting businesses I talked with said that there could be a problem with flat glass tinting on a fridge with any exposure to heat. Apparently, the tint you use for cars is not necessarily appropriate for any other glass. Chalkboard paint served the dual purpose of excluding all light and adding functionality to the chamber by allowing me to write on the outside. I just had to make peace with the fact that there was no turning back after the paint was applied. The letters and numbers on the front correspond to kegs and fermentation vessels, respectively. You can also see some of the beer I have fermenting inside as well as dregs batches and bottles stored for aging.
Dregs #2: Oud Beersel Oude Gueze Vieille
While finishing the fermentation chamber I went ahead and bottled Dregs Beer #2. This one gallon beer was made with the Farmer's Daughter Flanders Red base that I made last November with Lewy from Lewy Brewing. Oud Beersel Oude Gueze Vieille was pitched to initiate fermentation. I was wary of bottling this beer because the final gravity halted at 1.008 and I didn't want bottle bombs. After 2 months of checking gravity and being happy with the taste, I went ahead and bottled it. You can see it sitting next to the Dregs #1 batch in the image to the left.