Originally Posted by kenpotf
It seems like what you guys are saying is that I can get any freezer as long as the temperature controller is hooked up to it? Can I get 65-75 degree temps with the freezer and a temp controller? I've been looking at them and it looks promising. How hard are these controllers to install?
I don't have one, but my understanding is that you plug it into the wall and then the freezer into it. The temperature controller has a thermometer probe thing that you put inside the freezer. You set the temperature at your desired temperature, lets say 65. Then when the thermometer reads above 65 it turns the freezer on temporarily. Once its back down to 65 degrees it turns off again. freezers are very well insulated, so apparently they don't even turn on that frequently.
There are also temperature controllers that can heat and cool. You would have to mount a heat bulb or something inside of the freezer, but if your temperature drops below 65 (or whatever you have it set at) it will start heating it back up to the appropriate temperature.
And yes any freezer will work fine with a temperature controller, assuming its not broken. And even though you don't want to lager, I would make sure that it can get down in the low 30s. Thats really only a concern if you are buying a used one.
I think there are some temperature controllers that come wired and some that don't. I don't really know the difference except I think wired ones are cheaper. And you would need a way to get the thermometer inside of the freezer, but I think thats about it. I have never used a temperature controller, so this is all based on information I have read second hand on here.
But I don't think it should be too hard to set up. Probably easier than making beer.