Let me start out by saying I'm new to brewing (have only done 3 extract and 1 AG brews) and new to this forum - so, howdy!
Now, it's recently come to my attention that my fiancee is not a fan of having my empty bombers and fermenter in a water bath in the dining room. That's the bad news. The good news is that she doesn't care if I spend money upgrading to a kegging system. That's good news!
I'm going to preface my question by stating that I live in a townhouse with no garage in GA, so space is at a premium and temperature is a big consideration (house sits around 75-76). With that said, I was wondering if anyone has ever used a chest freezer to both ferment ales and also served kegs from it at the same time? Basically, a dual purpose keezer. I've been looking all over the internets and this forum and have only found 1 person who's done this. His setup was basically a ~10cf chest freezer run off 1 temp control and set to serving temps. Then a second temp control ran a fermwrap around his carboy and was set to the ~68 range and had a neoprene carboy parka on it. I'm thinking of running the same system (using 6 gall BB) but before I drop a chunk of money, I was wondering:
1) What are the odds this actually works well?
2) Think I could use a GE 7.0 instead and still get the fermenter to 68ish?
3) Would it just be better to use 2 5.0's instead (1 to ferment, 1 to serve)?
Any advice/pointers/ridicule would be greatly appreciated! (OK - maybe not the ridicule part...)