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Old 07-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Storing keezer in garage during winter

I currently have my keezer in the basement. I will be moving into a town house with no basement and no space to put it out in the open. My only option at this point would be the two car garage. We have Illinois winters here so my concern is will I be inoperable in the winter months as in the past it was indoors. Any suggestions from others who are in this predicament.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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I live in Northern Colorado and have my converted side-by-side fridge kegerator in the garage. Winter temps have not been a problem.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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So I could have it set at 45 on my Johnson digital controller in the winter while it's 15 outside?

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I would think so. It shouldn't be that cold in the garage. Mine is not insulated or anything and it stays fairly warm. Even when 0°F outside, my garage does not get down to freezing.

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The cooler temps in your garage shouldn't be a problem. It just means that your unit will cycle on and off less, which makes it more efficient in the winter. Now high temps, on the other hand, can be a problem with some units. With the increased work trying to keep things cold it can tax the compressor in extreme cases. That and the condenser can have a harder time cooling things down as good. Otherwise it's just a lot less efficient than if it were winter. Either way you should be fine if the temps aren't extreme at either end of the spectrum...

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Old 07-08-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I grew up in IL, and I can tell you with certainty that I've seen fridges in a garage go well below freezing temps for weeks at a time. I've seen more than a few cans of soda inside fridges turn into slush. So personally I would definitely be a bit concerned about it. These guys living in CO and TX aren't quite familiar with what our winters are like! (Thankfully, I don't have to worry about these things any more )

Since you have an external temperature controller, I'd leave the keezer completely unplugged, and use your temp controller in reverse -- turning *on* when the temp drops below, say 35 degrees. Most of them can be set up to control heating as well as cooling. Hook it up to a heat element (I'd say "light bulb" but that could skunk beer in the lines) of some sort that will remain in the keezer to bring up ambient temps when it drops. This way you use all your current hardware, and only have to buy one additional piece, a tiny electric heater.

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These guys living in CO and TX aren't quite familiar with what our winters are like! .
This is why I mentioned it would be ok if temps aren't extreme..
Obviously if they are extreme, that's another situation. In that case I'd say your recommedation to warm up the keezer is good advice.
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These guys living in CO and TX aren't quite familiar with what our winters are like!
You're F'in kidding me, right?
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You're F'in kidding me, right?
No. The week before I moved to California was the week of Christmas 2000 in Chicago. That entire week, I don't think the outside temperature ever got above 15 degrees. Typical nighttime temps were < -10 deg. Unless you've got great insulation in a garage, your garage temps will be well below freezing. I'm not as familiar with Fort Collins, but I know that Denver is a lot more temperate than Chicago in the winter, and doesn't get as many sustained long-term frigid temperatures as we got.

Then I drove to CA, threw my ice scraper in the trash, and now laugh at people who still have to deal with it
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No. The week...........
I think LLbeanJ is referring to the fact that you just said something so presumptuous as this...

"These guys living in CO and TX aren't quite familiar with what our winters are like!"

It kind of makes it sound like you think anyone living in these two states is clueless!

This could be taken the wrong way by some folks..

Not to mention, parts of CO get pretty cold...
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