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Old 10-10-2013, 07:02 AM   #11
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I am definitely leaning towards an upright, and like the idea of placing 2 carboys vertically vs. side by side in a chest freezer. The access to the FV would be much easier, plus you can keep an eye on things. This being said, there are so many more chest freezers for sale on CL vs. stand up. (At least in the price range I want to remain at).

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Old 10-10-2013, 07:25 AM   #12
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I use a side by side, and basically cut a giant hole in the middle to make one giant chamber. I built a stand inside of it and can fit 3-4 6.5g carboys + 2 5g carboys. Only thing I use is a johnson controller. Works really well..

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Old 10-10-2013, 04:11 PM   #13
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Like FuzzeWuzze says, just make sure it's a "frost free" upright freezer otherwise you won't be able to move the shelves.

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I use an upright for my fermentation chamber. It's currently able to hold 2 buckets, but could be modified to hold 4 if I wanted to. With an upright you need to watch out for cooling coils integrated with the shelves. Some of them are a bit of work to modify, some are easy.

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I have a chest freezer for my keezer, but if I had it to do again (or if I could've convinced SWMBO that it would've looked fine in the dining room), I definitely would have done upright for that. I have two dorm fridges in the basement for fermentation chambers, and they do well for me.

For my money, a dorm fridge and building on an insulated box is probably the best bet in terms of 1) money, 2) not having an excessively high sidewall to lift your fermentation vessel over. You can rig a fan on a thermostat so that the same refrigeration unit is chilling two zones simultaneously at different temps, so you can cold crash while you ferment, too.

Of course, if you don't want to fuss with two cool zones, you could always put fermwrap around the beer you're trying to keep warmer and let it battle with the fridge, but that approach never made sense to me.

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Old 10-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #16
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I really like my upright freezer. Has a smaller foot print than a chest freezer and I can fit 11 corny kegs in it. Here's the thread on which I based my build.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/upri...1-kegs-371438/
Very sweet set up. Nice job!
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #17
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Very sweet set up. Nice job!
That is a nice set up, but that's not mine. I saw that thread and basically duplicated the work.
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I got lucky, and found a True GDM-12 on CL for a steal, so the decision has been made. This unit will maintain between 33-38F, and I have a digital controller en route as I write this. Thanks for all the feedback.

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I got lucky, and found a True GDM-12 on CL for a steal, so the decision has been made. This unit will maintain between 33-38F, and I have a digital controller en route as I write this. Thanks for all the feedback.
If you use a controller, I would recommend wiring such that evaporator fan remains on all of the time. This will maintain good airflow and keep it frost free. The compessor / condenser unit in the lower section usually has a standard 120vac plug attached. You can insert your controller there instead of on the main power plug. I have 3 gdm units in use and find they run better that way on a separate controller.
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If you use a controller, I would recommend wiring such that evaporator fan remains on all of the time. This will maintain good airflow and keep it frost free. The compessor / condenser unit in the lower section usually has a standard 120vac plug attached. You can insert your controller there instead of on the main power plug. I have 3 gdm units in use and find they run better that way on a separate controller.
Thanks for the advice raouliii. I am considering wiring only the compressor to the controller. My only concern would be that the fan will run non-stop, and shorten it's useful life.

The condensation & frost control would be a beneficial trade off though, and this thing is made in the USA, so my expectations on performance are high.
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