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Old 06-02-2011, 03:19 PM   #1
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I've decided that needs to be the next purchase. I can have fancy pots, fancy fermentation vessels but if I can't keep the temperature consistant none of it will matter. I was looking online but it's hard to tell, has anyone had good luck with ones that I can pickup at sears/lowers/home depot? I want it to hold two 6 gallon buckets/carboys. I was thinking of just bringing a bucket into the store to measure them out. :-)



 
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:22 PM   #2
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http://www.lowes.com/pd_279057-2251-...=#BVRRWidgetID


Would this be too small?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_75729-33112-...d|1&facetInfo=



 
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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I have the black 7.2 cu ft chest freezer from Lowes (first link in detz's post) and it holds only one 6.5 gal bucket in the bottom. However, it will hold a second bucket on the step above the compressor, but with an airlock the lid will not close. I haven't tried any alternative to an airlock, such as a blow off tube to see if the lid will close.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:35 PM   #4
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A typical 6.5 gallon fermentation bucket is 12" by 23" tall with the airlock and a 7.8 gallon is 14.5" by 23" tall with the airlock. So, you need your chest freezer to accomodate about a 30" depth and 30" width in the "non-hump" area by about 25" tall to comfortably fit two buckets.

It's hard to shop it without going out to physically measure, because the quoted specifications include the inside hump, which is useless for fermentation buckets.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:39 PM   #5
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And when you do go shopping, cut out 3-4 1ft circles out of cardboard so you can set them in the freezer and see if they'll fit.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:45 PM   #6
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I don't mind doing a collar, I just want to get the most space for the least amount of money! :-)

 
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
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I got a 5.2 cubic foot chest freezer on Craigslist for $30. It only holds one carboy but I usually only have one active fermentation going on at a time.
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #8
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If it's solely for fermentation, the 'son of' chamber is a lot less $. Too, a keezer can be used as a fermentation cooler, but it can't do double duty; that is, it can only do one task at a time. (unless you want to serve beer at fermentation temperatures)

Space considerations are a real problem, I admit.

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Old 06-02-2011, 05:42 PM   #9
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Yeah, I would rather not worry about changing ice out..set it and forget it. :-) I don't mind spending $300-$350 to get this up and running especially if I can keep two beers going at all times. I guess I'll just some cardboard circles and go test out some freezers.

 
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:48 PM   #10
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I have an upright fridge/freezer downstairs that isn't being used that was there when we bought our house. I would love to convert this into a kegerator but I'm not sure if I really know how to. In a case like this, considering I don't have much experience with minor construction, I'd think of myself as more of a visual learner. However, I've been looking online and this link makes it look rather easy. I get a little overwhelmed on this forum when I see tons of information flying around on how to convert a fridge into a kegerator. I just want something simple, with two, maybe three taps, nothing special at all.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2053042_conv...kegerator.html



 
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