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Old 11-26-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I was hoping you guys could make a few suggestions that would help me out. My girlfriend wants to get me a $200 gift card to either Home Depot, Lowes or another appliance store to purchase a chest freezer!

Ultimately, I'd like to have a 3 keg set up. However, I won't be kegging for at least a few months so there is no rush to get things set up. For the time being I'd probably use it for fermentation temperature control. Ideally, I'd like to be able to fit a better bottle in there with the kegs. I have no problem building a collar. It's going to be a fun project!

I looked over the sizing your chest freezer thread but I was wondering if anyone had purchased a freezer recently.

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Old 11-26-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Holy crap! I hope you are not planning to spend the whole $2000 on a freezer.

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I wish it was $2,000, it's $200 that'll go towards the purchase.

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Certainly, buying new is an option, but there are usually very good values on craigslist and the like. I spent about a week checking and pounced on a 14.8 cu ft Maytag for $75. There were quite a few other viable options that were listed over that period also. Enjoy.

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Old 11-26-2009, 04:04 PM   #5
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+1 to Craigslist for the freezer. I got an ice cream cooler from a gas station off CL for $50. Just as wide as a chest freezer but no collar needed and it fits 7 cornies, gas tank, carboy and a couple bottles of beer.

You could get a gift certificate to Austin Homebrew.

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I considered going used, but would prefer something newer. It's a bit of luxury but I like knowing that it wasn't used for storing deer meat.

I was honestly leaning towards one of Home Depot's Magic Chef's but I can never find them in the store. Lowes seems to be more appliance orientated though.

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It's venison.... not deer meat....

And.... I went with the 7.2 Frigidaire from Lowes for about $240 because it was about the only smaller freezer in that size range that was black... which are nearly impossible to find on CL. It was an important option for me at the time.

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craigslist

27.5 cubic foot for $100

10 kegs, anyone? oh, and meat juice/smell can penetrate kegs? powerful stuff....

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It's not only the meat smell/odors and not knowing how it was previously cared for, but buying it new is the option that my girlfriend is offering. I'll have to check out the Fridgaire 7.2 at Lowes that you mentioned Hophead. I think it might just meet my needs. Plus if I get in black it'll save me some painting.
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