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Old 10-23-2006, 09:41 PM   #11
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I guess my question would be, what exactly about a frig would stop the temp from getting down to 33? If you do not override the internal temp controller, I would agree that you'll only get down to the lowest setting on the frig. But once you bypass that, the compressor would run forever (in theory) taking more and more heat out. Then you put your own controller on it to reign control.

I realize with a freezer, you don't need to remove the factory controller because it's always trying to reach a colder temp than you need, but I wouldn't discount a frig when it's cheap or free.
They coil and condenser are under sized to do the cooling job well enough to drop the freezer and fridge below freezing. It will freeze the freezer but not the fridge. The coil is encased and the cold air is only allowed to go to the fridge when the fan forces it.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:05 PM   #12
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yes, it is an unplugged fridge, I have been checking with a cooper's thermometer and it fluctuates between 60 and 66 degrees in the fridge......I live in Oakland, California and it gets pretty cold at night. My garage is not enclosed but basically it is like a lean-to so it is open to the outside temps.....I figured the fridge was basically a large cooler with a little insulation around it.

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Old 10-24-2006, 03:16 PM   #13
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I guess the question is, is this a working fridge? Why use it as an insulated box when it was designed to keep a relatively stable (and adjustable) temp when plugged in?

I still think the fridge part (if the compressor is still working) can work for both lager ferment (53dF) and lagering (33dF) because most stock thermo temps already keep it in the 35-40dF for food storage. Even if you can't get it all the down to 33, I'm sure the 30's are good enough and you won't have to jockey ice containers in and out for two months.

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Old 10-24-2006, 04:34 PM   #14
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If I were to buy a brand new chest freezer and set it on the lowest (meaning, highest temp) setting, is this still too dangerous for lagering? I have my winter warmer that I've been icing down manually, and I'm thinking of just buying this $145 chest freezer at Sam's Club. I already have one, that I use for food, so I know it works well. But without risking thawing out all my food, there's no way to really know the temp in there at the lowest setting. Anyone have any idea?

Next time I need stuff from an online HBS, I'll include a temp controller in my order---but until then, would you recommend that I lager without it?

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No. Putting your beer in a freezer to lager will not work.....it will freeze the beer. Don't try to lager in it until you get a temp controller.


Mike....don't try to lager un an unplugged fridge. Ice will melt to fast to keep up with.

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No. Putting your beer in a freezer to lager will not work.....it will freeze the beer. Don't try to lager in it until you get a temp controller.
Yeah, I figured.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:25 PM   #17
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thanks for the advise dougjones............after reading this thread I wont try a lager just yet.....I will probably buy a temp controller and then plug the fridge in and then try a lager......thanks to everyone for chiming in.

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