I would like to start off by saying that there are a number of "great people" on this website that give great information on the hobby of home brewing. I'm new to the site and it has already inspired me to start brewing once again. The downside however, is the fact that seven years ago when I "got out" of the hobby. I sold off all the equipment. So at the present time. I've started collecting equipment here and there. I'm looking forward to the future to brew my first batch after many moons and empty kegs!
So with that being said. I was on craigslist several nights ago and came across this ad for a "freezer/keg holder". The guy was asking $25 bucks for it. In the ad was the fact it was "old" but in good working condition. The front had been repainted a metallic blue. It only had two pictures of the freezer showing the door closed and then open with three Corny's sitting in it and a twelve pack of "bud". So, I replied to the ad. Two days later the guy replied back and several questions later I agreed to buy the freezer from him with the purpose of turning it into a upright keezer or even a fermentor for Lagers. The following day, I backed my truck up to his carport where the freezer had been sitting against a wall. Long story short..he picked up the freezer which use to belong to a little old lady. (I didn't even ask what ever happened to her) and he repainted the front since it was in pretty rough looking shape.
I went "wow" that's an "old looking" freezer. He said "yep" and re-adjusted his Johnson temp control he had hooked up on the outside of the freezer to show that it would "kick" on and was working right.
Upon going to move the freezer to the bed of my truck. I made the comment "is this heavy?" All I can say is "wow" this freezer weighs a ton...like an old battle tank!
Later that night upon doing a "Google search" of the GE Hotpoint freezer. Google let me down, there was nothing on this freezer. I did however find GE Hotpoint website. So I shot them an email asking for there help on the age of the freezer. I was curious of how old the freezer was and when it was manufactured. Within a day I received a reply from there Appliance Consumer Specialist asking for more information on the freezer (serial number). With this I got a response.
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: Other feedback [T200912150028S010Z199064]
Thank you for getting back to us with the requested information. I will be glad to further assist.
According to the serial number, your freezer was manufactured in December 1971.
I hope this information is helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us whenever you need assistance in the future. We are always glad to help. Have a Merry Christmas, Jeff.
Appliances Consumer Specialist
Internet Response Team
GE Consumer & Industrial
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So there you have it. A 38 year old freezer still Freezing just like the day it was born!
Now being as anal as I am. I wanted to re-do the freezer. I just can't let it sit there looking a little rusted and all it needs is a good "makeover" to remove some of the rust etc..
Here are several pictures of the progress. Start date 12/15/2009. Currently un-complete.