Looking for a sanity check:
My wife and I recently renovated our kitchen. Among the many new things in our kitchen is a new fridge. The old fridge is now living in my basement, and SWMBO has said I can have it for brewing. Thus, I now have a good size fridge (21 ft3) to do with as I please. In celebration, I picked up a Johnson Controls external thermostat.
Ultimately, I'll probably turn this fridge into a kegerator, but that would severely cut into the brewing budget right now. So for the time being, this thing is going to be storage/lagering fridge. I can fit a couple of carboys in the fridge compartment, or one carboy and 2-3 cases worth of bottles, or just a whole load of bottles.
My original idea was:
1.) keep the freezer compartment at refrigerator temperature (low to mid 30's) for yeast and hops storage and
2.) keep the refigerator compartment at a slightly higher temperature (40's or 50s) depending on what I'm using it for at the time, lagering, conditioning, etc.
In pursuit of this, I put the thermocouple in the freezer compartment, and have that set at 38F. However I've got the fridge compartment hanging out at 60 F now. I can putz around with the freezer temperature controls (A-E are the settings) and the fridge temperature (1-9). But I don't know how meaningful these are with the external thermostat.
Has anyone done anything similar or have any insight? Should I have the thermocouple in the fridge compartment?