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Old 10-29-2007, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Kegorater - Cold Plate Freezing

My Kegorater is a HAIER.

Pretty standard looking machine.

The issue or problem I have is that the COLD plate in the back of the fridge freezes. If I turn it up to where it does not freeze the temp will only get to 50F.

Question: Is this a common problem and is there a fix.

2nd Q. I drink lagers when I buy them. I brew ales and put them in the soda style kegs.

What is a good temp to serve ales? I know I like lagers colder than 50 but I wonder if ales are ok @ 50. I think I just like colder beer.

anyway.. I like some of the pics I have seen turning chest freezers into kegs and a place to condition lagers. How does the beer not freeze in these units?

Thanks for your insight.

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Old 10-29-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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I am assuing you are using an external thrmometer for temperature control, if not try getting one they are about 50 bucks. Put the thermometer in a bottle of water, it will change temperature slower than the air around it, and keep the fridge from freezing.



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I am sorry I am not following.

There is a themastat on the outside of the keg that controls the internal temp.
I put an independent thermometer on the inside. One in a pitcher of water. which will only get to about 49 and the other one just for the inside air temp. It reads 50.

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Most of us who have chest freezers have one of these, an external thermostat.
http://pivo.northernbrewer.com/nbstore/action/search-do?searchTerm=thermostat&x=0&y=0
I was assuming you had one when I wrote my response, the probe end goes in a bottle of water to keep the temperature from fluxuating drastically.

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By freezing, do you mean ice is forming on the cold plate? If so, it's a common problem and all you can do is defrost the system occasionally.

50F is very good for ales.



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