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Old 08-08-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Fermenting Freezer Crapped out - But lives new life!!!

Almost 2 years later after being in my hot garage for 3 hot summers, my Amana afc1005bw chest freezer crapped out. It has power and the lights come on, but no compressor sound and no cooling.

Bummer. I need to brew my Oktoberfest Ale this weekend and it 100 degrees outside again.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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Ugh man I totally know how this feels! Last weekend my orange fridge (look at my gallery) went out on me...right after I pitched my yeast on my Kona pale ale...Luckily I found a good deal on Craigslist the next day

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That's a bummer Ed. Guess you'll have to replace it with something bigger, more robust....commerical-grade!

At least you can still use it as a warming chamber with your light-bulb setup.

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You won't get a much better insulated fermentation chamber, so if you are even temporeraly back to the ice bath method it should be uber efficent...

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I'm going to check on replacing the starter relay and see what happens. In the mean time, I have a freezer in storage that will be coming out tonight to take its place for my Oktoberfest Ale.

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Wack that relay and the compressor body with a screw driver handle.

Temporary fix.

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Well, I've moved forward on using the defuct freezer as a giant cooler for this weekend's brewfest. I'd like to have 6 or 7 KEGLoves, but don't have enough for all the beers. My experience with the Zealots picnic with the high temps and all that beer line exposed to the sun and heat just doesn't sound good to me, so I added a 2x10 collar to my freezer. It was pretty simple to build. I used one 12' long 2"x10" from Lowe's and had them cut it to my specs. I glued it with Liquid Nails, then clamped it and put 3 2.5" deck screws into each corner. It's very solid without any brackets.



We're going to have 6 beers at the brewfest, perhaps 7. I know I can fit at least 6 cornies in this puppy and with a 10" collar, I can even fit a corny on the compressor hump.



If I have to, I'll add a faucet to the sides next as this is designed for a crowd to have access to it, hence the spacing between faucets.

I'm confident after we load it up with cornies and about 100# of ice, the beer will stay nice and cold till the last keg floats that night.

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Well, the giant keg cooler/kegerator is ready for its inaugural run tomorrow.



Since everyone is supposed to bring a sixer of microbrew I thought I'd install a couple of bottle openers on each end. This should keep the brew cold for the duration.

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Nice how you were able to throw that together on the spur of the moment. Let's hear it for recycling!!!

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This worked out fantastically! What a night. 5 kegs of homebrew floated plus 3 gallons of Apfelwein. SWMBO drove home and there was till half a Sanke of local micro pale ale going.

Overall, the dead freezer performed as I expected. People kept asking how we kept the beer cold. Lift the lid and look at the ice. After the kegs were gone, the bottle openers on each side came in very handy.

Pictures to follow in the morning.

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