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Default Calling All Chest Freezers...

Ok folks. Sears.com has a sale that is ending today on this bad boy:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...Chest+Freezers

No interest for a while...blah blah blah.

Question: Will and 8.8 cubic foot fit two 6.5 gallon carboys? I would imagine that the measurements listed on the Sears site are external but I'm thinking that if they won't fit side by side that they'd fit a bit offset of each other.

Suggestions/experiences with temp controllers? I've got the bug, just tasted my first batch and, well, yum.

Thouhgts on this freezer in terms of size? Anybody else use an 8.8?

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yeah, they'd totally fit.

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Can't imagine they wouldn't.

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...Suggestions/experiences with temp controllers? I've got the bug, just tasted my first batch and, well, yum.

Thouhgts on this freezer in terms of size? Anybody else use an 8.8?
Size looks fine for two carboys.

I like this one...for a temp controller.

If you do ales thoug...you can leave your carboys at basement temp and fit about 5 cornies in here for kegging...
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Size looks fine for two carboys.

I like this one...for a temp controller.

If you do ales thoug...you can leave your carboys at basement temp and fit about 5 cornies in here for kegging...
I was thinking that it would be ok. Funny thing, I just got a call from my somebody that has a FREE vertical freezer. Going to check it out this week.

I'd like to do lagers but I think that I'll stick to ales for a few batches. Southern Cali can be a bit crazy in terms of temp swings this time of year. It was in the sixties today and if it wasn't cloudy it might have been in the eighties which would put my closet temps to 73-75.

So the freezer just plugs into one end and the controller into the wall huh...nice.
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Southern Cali can be a bit crazy...

Like, totally. Fer sure.

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i hope it worked out, i have a GE 8.0 CF, and it only can hold 2 Cornies and a 10 lb co2 tank. The interior dimensions were just too small to be able hold 4 cornies.....

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i hope it worked out, i have a GE 8.0 CF, and it only can hold 2 Cornies and a 10 lb co2 tank. The interior dimensions were just too small to be able hold 4 cornies.....
I'm drilling a hole in the side of my fridge and moving my CO2 tank to the outside.
That way I can fit a 3rd corny in it.
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I'm drilling a hole in the side of my fridge and moving my CO2 tank to the outside.
That way I can fit a 3rd corny in it.
Since mine is a chest freezer, i could put the co2 tank on the outisde, and just drill a hole in the collar. So far i havent found the need for a third keg yet, as i also keep 2-3 kinds in bottles, so i have a good amt of variety. i think if i were to add another keg to the system, it would be a stout, therefore i would need another gas tank to hold "beer gas" so i could properly serve it.
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Ok folks. Sears.com has a sale that is ending today on this bad boy:

Question: Will and 8.8 cubic foot fit two 6.5 gallon carboys? I would imagine that the measurements listed on the Sears site are external but I'm thinking that if they won't fit side by side that they'd fit a bit offset of each other.

Suggestions/experiences with temp controllers? I've got the bug, just tasted my first batch and, well, yum.

Thouhgts on this freezer in terms of size? Anybody else use an 8.8?

I bought my Frigidaire 8.8 at Best Buy for like $279. The measurements they list are outside measurements. I took a tape measure with me when I went shopping to make sure my stuff would fit. About the 6.5 gal carboys, they'll fit for sure. I use the mechanical controller from Johnson Controls. It works simply and flawlessly.
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