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Old 03-22-2010, 01:35 PM   #1
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Looking to possibly purchase a fridge large enough to use as a fermentation chamber. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-22-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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It is a great thing to do. I have a freezer that I use with a love controller that improved my beer quality and consistency greatly. If you search around, there is a lot of information on these conversions in the DIY and equipment forums.

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I agree with what JFK is doing using a freezer and temp controller rather than a fridge, a freezer is the way to go.

Here's why:
A fridge will struggle to get close to 32*F if it can even make it and once the door is opened it will struggle to get back to whatever temp you are trying to maintain. You might be thinking I don't need 32*F but I you ever decide to do a lager, you will.

A chest freezer will keep the cold air inside with the door opened so that it won't have to work hard to get back to temp once the door is opened.

New units will cost more to buy, used units will cost more to operate, as a general rule.

And last but not least is this advise: Buy cheap and buy twice.

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Old 03-23-2010, 01:10 AM   #4
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I agree with what JFK is doing using a freezer and temp controller rather than a fridge, a freezer is the way to go.

Here's why:
A fridge will struggle to get close to 32*F if it can even make it and once the door is opened it will struggle to get back to whatever temp you are trying to maintain. You might be thinking I don't need 32*F but I you ever decide to do a lager, you will.

A chest freezer will keep the cold air inside with the door opened so that it won't have to work hard to get back to temp once the door is opened.

New units will cost more to buy, used units will cost more to operate, as a general rule.

And last but not least is this advise: Buy cheap and buy twice.





Any suggestions on whats a good, reasonably priced chest freezer?
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:11 AM   #5
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I got mine on craigslist for $50. I would keep an eye on craigslist if I were you.

My bit of advice is this: Get the biggest you think you have room for.

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