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Old 05-16-2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Will 6 cornies fit in this one?

I am ready to pull the trigger and buy the 8.8 cf chest freezer, the black sears kenmore model which is on sale for $299 until next week.

I measured the inside dimensions (discounting the hump) and it is 16-3/16" by 24-7/8". If the cornies I buy are 8" diameter, it will 6.

I saw on the WIKI that cornies can be 8" dia and 8-1/2" dia.

I also plan to buy the 2 keg starter kit at midwestern, and their notes say 8" dia.

I plan to pick up 4 more kegs in time, but not sure I can I can gaurantee 8" dia.

What do you think?

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Old 05-17-2008, 12:55 AM   #2
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Take some paper plates and cut them to the diameter size of the corny and go visit the store again.

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I have not purchased any cornies yet. The sale ends on the 20th so I need to make a decision.

Also, I am planning a furniture style keezer like jester is making.
I have some leftover granite from our kitchen and would like to have a custom fabbed surface.

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I doubt it. Here's a 10 cu. ft. Amana. It might take 6. 5 for sure.

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Here's an 8.9 Whirlpool.

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I better get my cornies first. I do not want to undersize my keezer. I think a minumum tap count should be 5 or six.

How much corny space for conditioning is reasonable if I have 5 taps? I'm thinking 1 or 2.

Also, I use a side by side fridge freezer for my fermentation chamber with a temp controller. It runs 67º on refer side and 48º on the freezer side on warm days. Probably warmer on the freezer side during cooler weather. Would the freezer side work well for conditioning instead of a keezer or will the temp swings be a bad thing?

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Don't be bullied by a sale. I'd seriously look on Craigslist for the biggest chest freezer you can find. I'd hate to see you spend $300 for a freezer that will limit you. I find that storage space is a challenge for beers I want to condition for long periods of time. It pretty much requires 2 chest freezers because you can't usually hold more than 6 in your average freezer. If you want 6 taps, there'll be no room left for cold storage. Me, I've got a chest freezer that has 4 taps/holds 4 cornies +1 carboy on the hump. I've almost never had all 4 taps on at once, and if I do, the beer gets old. Some people brew more than others, but 6 taps is quite a lot. Unless you've got people coming over all the time and you brew a lot, you probably don't need that many. Keep in mind that just the faucets go for $40/ea. and that doesn't include the shanks, handles, lines, qd's, etc. It's a small fortune in itself! Make SURE you buy a manifold that can be upgraded (or just build one) or you'll be forced into upgrading later. Maybe this is TMI, but hopefully it helps. If I could do it all over again, I'd just get a massive chest freezer and have a small ferm cabinet. As of now, I've got a collection of fridges, and it's kinda janky

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A few weeks ago a purchased a 15 cubic foot freezer on craigslist for $175. It is only 5 years old with very few scratches or anything on it. It took me a while to find the right one, but it was definitely worth the wait. I think it will hold 7-9 cornies with no problem.

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Don't be bullied by a sale. I'd seriously look on Craigslist for the biggest chest freezer you can find. I'd hate to see you spend $300 for a freezer that will limit you. I find that storage space is a challenge for beers I want to condition for long periods of time. It pretty much requires 2 chest freezers because you can't usually hold more than 6 in your average freezer. If you want 6 taps, there'll be no room left for cold storage. Me, I've got a chest freezer that has 4 taps/holds 4 cornies +1 carboy on the hump. I've almost never had all 4 taps on at once, and if I do, the beer gets old. Some people brew more than others, but 6 taps is quite a lot. Unless you've got people coming over all the time and you brew a lot, you probably don't need that many. Keep in mind that just the faucets go for $40/ea. and that doesn't include the shanks, handles, lines, qd's, etc. It's a small fortune in itself! Make SURE you buy a manifold that can be upgraded (or just build one) or you'll be forced into upgrading later. Maybe this is TMI, but hopefully it helps. If I could do it all over again, I'd just get a massive chest freezer and have a small ferm cabinet. As of now, I've got a collection of fridges, and it's kinda janky
This is great info. You are probably right, 6 taps is alot. I know what you mean about a collection of fridges. I have one standard garage fridge (water, soda overflow from house fridge and bottled beer). A second garage fridge for fermentation (can hold 2 carboys). I don't really want to get 3 more chest freezers.

I don't know why, but my SWMBO is pushing for a new chest freezer instead of a used one, ergo the sears sale.

I do brew 10-15 gallons a month as I give a lot away in bottles (got to stop this). We also entertain and I seem to run out quikly. I've brewed 140 gallons in the last 10 months.

What about a 8.8cf keezer with 4 taps (room for 2 in cold storage). Space for 2 carboys in fermetation fridge. Can throw one more carboy in garage fridge if needed. Would this be sufficient for the average homebrewer?

I'm just tired of bottling.
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Here's some free advice. Don't think that a few positions for conditioning but not pouring is going to satisfy you. I thought that I'd leave one of my 5 spots "unpourable" for conditioning figuring that I'll always kick a keg by the time it's ready. Nope.. That fifth position will be ready to drink and the other ones that have dedicated faucets will still be half full. You'll end up swapping one of the beer lines back and forth.

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