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Old 02-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #741
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Been reading, but am somewhat confused. In the original posts by Ed he indicated one 5 cu. footer would hold three ball locks and a 20# co2 bottle I THOUGHT? Is there such an animal?
The Danby does. Check the link in my sig.

The Igloo might as well, but I haven't drawn it up yet. Keep getting side-tracked.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #742
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I bought a Johnson temp controller from northern brewer...works great...my keezer is the 19.8 Kenmore elite which I need to get specs posted to this thread for.
How exactly does that work? Do you have to wire it in to your freezer wiring? Or it just dangles inside the freezer and adjust your freezer accordingly ?
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #743
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External temp controllers work by plugging the controller into the outlet, and plugging your freezer or fridge's power cord into the controller. The controller has it's own temperature probe which goes into your freezer. You set the temperature at which you want the freezer to hold at, turn the freezer to it's max cooling setting, and the controller will turn on and off the freezer as needed to maintain the temperature you set. They're very necessary if you are turning a freezer into a keezer. I have the simple analog Johnson and it works great for my keezer. I use an STC-1000 (ebay temp controller bought from Amazon ) for my ferm chamber.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:51 AM   #744
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I haven't started kegging yet, but I have a "dorm fridge" that I was thinking about converting into a kegerator, so I was wondering what the diameter of your circles are considering I don't have corny kegs yet? That way I can get an idea on whether or not I want to convert the fridge

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Corny kegs are approx 9" in dia and 23" tall.
Check out the following link:
http://www.micromatic.com/beer-quest...le-aid-11.html
Most dorm fridge with the hump in back will only accept one corny without modifying. Search for setup's here on HBT.com.
Lots of info...just look for it.

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I just have to say i am pretty grateful for this and many other threads on this site.

I have a Frigidaire 7cuft freezer and i can get 6 ball lock kegs in it with my 2x8 (or 2x10) collar. I only have three taps, so it gives me storage space for my replacement kegs. I can post pics if there is any interest.

Three sit staggered on the floor and three staggered on the hump. One of the ones on the hump is only mostly on the hump but the other kegs help keep it in place just fine. I have the collar hinged as well as the lid and moving things in and out is not an issue.

I followed the advice at the beginning of the thread and had circles cut out for the foot print of my kegs. The guy selling the freezer looked at me funny when i went to look at it.

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:39 PM   #746
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I just have to say i am pretty grateful for this and many other threads on this site.

I have a Frigidaire 7cuft freezer and i can get 6 ball lock kegs in it with my 2x8 (or 2x10) collar. I only have three taps, so it gives me storage space for my replacement kegs. I can post pics if there is any interest.

Three sit staggered on the floor and three staggered on the hump. One of the ones on the hump is only mostly on the hump but the other kegs help keep it in place just fine. I have the collar hinged as well as the lid and moving things in and out is not an issue.

I followed the advice at the beginning of the thread and had circles cut out for the foot print of my kegs. The guy selling the freezer looked at me funny when i went to look at it.

Thanks for all the help guys
I have the same freezer and I can squeeze 4 on the floor. If I had a big enough collar I would be able to put 2 more on the hump. I bet that third one on the hump is just on the hump a little bit. Might be more stable if you put 4 on the floor?
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I have the same freezer and I can squeeze 4 on the floor. If I had a big enough collar I would be able to put 2 more on the hump. I bet that third one on the hump is just on the hump a little bit. Might be more stable if you put 4 on the floor?
I'm really not too worried about the one that is not all the way on the hump. It really has nowhere to go.

Though now i kinda have to go back and see if i can get four on the floor. the little extra space might come in handy.

Thanks for the info/challenge
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Found a Kenmore on CL and have the OD and ID (the guys doesn't know the cubic ft) and the model # he gave me is useless search-wise.

1) If I have the inner dimensions in inches, what's the best way to determine the cubic feet? Just cause...

2) Do any of you guys ever move your freezers for parties and whatnot? Should I even consider portability that when considering size? This one will be primarily stationed in my basement.

3) What's a reasonable height without a collar? The one I'm considering has an ID height of 29".

4) Finally, do any of you have any luck compartmentalizing your chest freezers, i.e., one side keezer temp, one side ferm temp?

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Found a Kenmore on CL and have the OD and ID (the guys doesn't know the cubic ft) and the model # he gave me is useless search-wise.

1) If I have the inner dimensions in inches, what's the best way to determine the cubic feet? Just cause...

2) Do any of you guys ever move your freezers for parties and whatnot? Should I even consider portability that when considering size? This one will be primarily stationed in my basement.

3) What's a reasonable height without a collar? The one I'm considering has an ID height of 29".

4) Finally, do any of you have any luck compartmentalizing your chest freezers, i.e., one side keezer temp, one side ferm temp?

TYIA!
1) Length (in.) * Width (in.) * Height (in.) / 1728 = cu. ft.

2) I don't, for a number of reasons.
A) It's easier to take a growler or make a jockey box.
B) Can't plug it in for a few hours after tipping it on it's back or side.
C) Every time you move a freezer you run a risk (very slight) of damaging a coil.
D) Moving full cornies disturbs the sediment.

3) Mine is 34" as delivered. I added a 6" collar and put it on a dolly that makes it 43" overall.

4) With coils all around the sides of the freezer it wouldn't be too easy to keep part of it at ale fermentation temperatures and the rest at beer serving temperatures.

What ever you end up doing, think it through before starting, it's better than doing it again to correct problems.
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I just have to say i am pretty grateful for this and many other threads on this site.

I have a Frigidaire 7cuft freezer and i can get 6 ball lock kegs in it with my 2x8 (or 2x10) collar. I only have three taps, so it gives me storage space for my replacement kegs. I can post pics if there is any interest.

Three sit staggered on the floor and three staggered on the hump. One of the ones on the hump is only mostly on the hump but the other kegs help keep it in place just fine. I have the collar hinged as well as the lid and moving things in and out is not an issue.

I followed the advice at the beginning of the thread and had circles cut out for the foot print of my kegs. The guy selling the freezer looked at me funny when i went to look at it.

Thanks for all the help guys
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I have the same freezer and I can squeeze 4 on the floor. If I had a big enough collar I would be able to put 2 more on the hump. I bet that third one on the hump is just on the hump a little bit. Might be more stable if you put 4 on the floor?
I'm very interested in this model you two have. I've never seen a 7 cf model fit 6 kegs, save one model that's no longer in production. Can you post the measurements to the thread in my sig? I'd love to add it and draw it up.

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1) Length (in.) * Width (in.) * Height (in.) / 1728 = cu. ft.
Or check the specs in my sig thread for comparison.
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