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Old 02-04-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Need to tap into the knowledge pool on keezer build.

Heres what I got, I brew/store my homebrew in my shed (20X12) I currently have a full size fridge out there that i hold two corneys in with simple cobra (picnic) taps. Well, I'm ready to upgrade and have already found a chest freezer to convert and then convert the fridge into a fermentation chamber. The shed is not heated or cooled, no insulation either. What obstacles will I have to deal with, I assume I will need to heat the fermentation fridge for those cold winter days, and I don't think a heating belt will be enough. On the keezer, I assume I'll need a fan to circulate cool air to minimize compressor usage. Anything else I need to think about before I start this project? I know someone out there must have used a shed before.... cheers.

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Old 02-04-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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My chest freezer sits in my uninsulated garage. I need to have 2 controllers in it during the winter. One for the freezer part to cool it in the middle of the day, and another when the temps crash at night or during winter storms to run the tiny space heater I have in it.

I know that there are dual controllers out there, but I'm an electronic wiring moron and prefer to just set two thermostats to keep it in the acceptable carbing/serving range.

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no issues with a space heater? what size did you use? are there other options? I was thinking of using a light bulb like I do under the house to prevent pipes from freezing, but this I got worried the light would harm the beer. Although I don't think a light bulb emits UV does it? yeah yeah I know, I worry too much!...lol

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You could use one of the heaters made for snake and lizard terrariums.

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wait, you said freezer, you mean I might have to heat my keezer also? geez, I was thinking only the fermentation chamber. Dang!

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You could use one of the heaters made for snake and lizard terrariums.
Would you use that in addition to a heating belt?
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Would you use that in addition to a heating belt?
One or the other. You just need enough heat output to keep the temps where you want them. Some on here use a light bulb. What controller are you planning on using? Something like the Love Tss2 would allow you to control both the freezer and a heat source.
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You can use most any controller for heating or cooling. IMO, you probably won't need to rig for both at the same time. Most of the time you will either need to heating or cooling and the rest of the time neither.

IME, using a fan in a freezer will increase the compressor run time, but it will help provide more uniform temperatures throughout. I run a small muffin fan continuously in my serving freezer.

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I'm guessing something like a computer fan would be enough?

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