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Old 12-05-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default What to do with the top part of my fridge?

Ok so I got a cheap upright fridge (freezer on the top style) off CL. I have 4 cornys and my CO2 in the fridge portion, what do people do with the top portion? I could store some hops and such in there. Any other ideas?

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Old 12-05-2011, 10:38 AM   #2
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If you've got some technical ability and the testicular fortitude to mess around with the fridge's internal wiring, you could possibly set it up with two controllers so that the freezer part also works at 32°F or above (still needs to be colder than the bottom part in most fridge designs I'm aware of though) for chilling bottles, or perhaps lagering.

More realistically though... for a yeast bank, and/or for freeze distillation. Or maybe for freezing lots of ice if you need ice for cooling wort (for either a prechiller, a setup that pumps ice-water through an IC or CFC, or just an icebath), maintaining ferm temps (eg a swamp cooler), or a portable keg setup. And obviously, you can just use it for extra freezer space.

Really, I don't think there's going to be much outside the obvious that you can do with a freezer. Personally, I'd use it for hops and for maintaining a yeast bank.

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Please don't freeze beer mugs. Don't EVER freeze beer mugs.

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Please don't freeze beer mugs. Don't EVER freeze beer mugs.
Why?
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:52 PM   #6
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Explain? I know stacking em is bad!

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If you're running the fridge at normal temps, just use it for whatever you normally use a freezer for. My wife fills it with stuff she buys at Costco.

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Meat.

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If the beer is served too cold, you run the risk of numbing taste buds and not tasting the beer you've crafted. Ultra cold serving temps are a trick for making low quality beer drinkable. Think of the flavor rich cask ales served at cellar temps, not freezer temps.

Use the top part for whatever needs to be kept that cold.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #10
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Thank you, thank you so much. Taste your beer, don't freeze it...I mean, unless you're brewing with adjuncts or something....lol
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