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Old 07-31-2009, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default freezer or fridge???

I have the choice of either converting a freezer or a small fullsize fridge into my new dispensing rig what are the pros and cons of each. which one to choose? thanks jason

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Old 07-31-2009, 12:59 AM   #2
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I've had both. Started with a fridge and went to the freezer.

Freezer is preferred in my opinion. Easier to access the kegs, connect lines, etc...

My refrigerator was jam packed, my keezer has room for 4 kegs plus a bunch of bottled beer.

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Old 07-31-2009, 04:56 AM   #3
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I have four fridges and three freezer. I prefer the freezer by far. IMO they have more usable space and they seem to operate more efficiently. More versatility with the freezers. I would not have any refrigerators if they weren't acquired at no cost.

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:09 AM   #4
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Freezers:
1. Can holds many kegs/bottles
2. Freezers are meant to be constantly running at very low temps...using an external temperature control unit to shut off the freezer and turn it on is very hard on the compressor and shortens its life span.
3. Good on-line sources for kegerator conversions
4. Relatively cheap for a brand new unit
5. Short, compact units

Fridge:
1. Fridge easily holds temps that are more in line for the homebrewer
2. Easy to find used units...I found a 2 year old full sized fridge for $150.
3. Large, takes up more vertical space
4. The bottom shelf area is sometimes smaller depending on the unit and can hold only a few kegs and CO2 bottle
5. Can use the freezer part of the fridge to store beer glasses or supplies
6. I was able to keep the top shelf in and use it to store hops and yeast packages.

That's a short list...

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:13 AM   #5
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Ive had both, and one of the problem with the freezer chest, is they are not designed to deal with condensation so they tend to develop moisture problems if you don't take steps to keep them dry, but its true you can put lots of stuff in them.

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Old 07-31-2009, 08:30 AM   #6
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Freezers:
1. Can holds many kegs/bottles
2. Freezers are meant to be constantly running at very low temps...using an external temperature control unit to shut off the freezer and turn it on is very hard on the compressor and shortens its life span.
3. Good on-line sources for kegerator conversions
4. Relatively cheap for a brand new unit
5. Short, compact units.
I disagree with No. 2 above. Freezers do not run constantly when used as freezers. They run intermittently just like a refrigerator does. Operating at warmer temperatures won't shorten it's life span at all. The compressor will run less often and for shorter durations which will actually lengthen it's life span. It's not working as hard as it would if it had to maintain very cold temperatures. You do want to avoid setting the controller differential too tight though. That could cause longevity problems.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:54 PM   #7
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I've had both. Started with a fridge and went to the freezer.

Freezer is preferred in my opinion. Easier to access the kegs, connect lines, etc...
+1

And the freezer longevity BS is BS. There is no difference between the technology used in a freezer and a fridge.
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Freezer, more space efficient. I have not owned a keg fridge, but they look like a pain as far as manuevering kegs. In my freezer, when a keg is empty I just pull it straight out and put the next in. With a fridge...say the back keg got empty, you have to move all of them out to get to it...

Just feels like everything is more accessible in the freezer. And I think they are generally cheaper. I put mugs and beer ingredients in my food fridge, but I don't have a SWMBO lol so I guess that could change in the future.

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Freezers will be cheaper to operate as well.

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few years ago I had a fridge and it was a pain to switch kegs in and out. Would not go back after having a freezer

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