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Old 02-11-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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My FIL mentioned that I can have his still operational, 28 yr old up right freezer to do with what I like to make this 'homemade beer' stuff I always bring to his house.

It's a 'regular' ?? freezer in that it lacks the 'frost-less' feature that modern units have, that's the prime reason he's getting rid of it.

It's not overly huge, maybe 5' tall so I thought I'd make a nice keezer.

I'm nearly confident that with temperature control for a keezer, the lack of 'frost-less' won't be an issue.

Any one care to shed some light???

PS--had a hard time searching since I can't think of the right words to describe 'non-frost-free'
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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Shouldn't be an issue with frost since you will keep the freezer above freezing temperatures. I read about this tool to remove moisture (here on HBT) and so far it appears to be working very effectively in my keezer. The bigger issue will be the electricity usage with an older unit compared to new (not sure how much...my new one is estimated at $38 per year)

http://www.amazon.com/Eva-dry-E-500-.../dp/B000H0XFD2
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Basically it lacks an auto-defrost option. Edit: derp obviously you won't be frosting up because you will be maintaining refrigerator temps. It should work well as long as it cools!
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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Just be careful and take note where the cooling coils are. In many (most?) upright freezers, the cooling elements run through the shelves, not just in the walls like a chest style freezer if I remember correctly.

 
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It certainly cools...it's packed full of wild game currently....

As for power usage....Maybe I'll have to get a watt-hr meter on it and check.

Any ball parks on run time to maintain serving temps in say a 65 degree climate ?
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It certainly cools...it's packed full of wild game currently....

As for power usage....Maybe I'll have to get a watt-hr meter on it and check.

Any ball parks on run time to maintain serving temps in say a 65 degree climate ?
No just use this formula: Volts X Amps = Watts X Hours run (average is 4) X Days in a year = Total Watts / (divided) 1000 = Kw X your cost per Kw = cost to run per year. Works on any electrical device
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:40 AM   #7
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Works if you know the specs on the motor...I'd have to check it out next time
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Works if you know the specs on the motor...I'd have to check it out next time
That information will be on the tag inside on the wall, or near bottom by the door, or on the back depending on the age of the unit
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My FIL mentioned that I can have his still operational, 28 yr old up right freezer to do with what I like to make this 'homemade beer' stuff I always bring to his house.

It's a 'regular' ?? freezer in that it lacks the 'frost-less' feature that modern units have, that's the prime reason he's getting rid of it.

It's not overly huge, maybe 5' tall so I thought I'd make a nice keezer.

I'm nearly confident that with temperature control for a keezer, the lack of 'frost-less' won't be an issue.

Any one care to shed some light???

PS--had a hard time searching since I can't think of the right words to describe 'non-frost-free'

I'm a little confused. You want to make a Keezer out of an upright freezer? An ebay control would work just fine but you can't lay the unit down on its back or side. That will plug up the system and kill the compressor.

If it is a manual defrost unit then the cooling coils are a part of the shelves and generally cannot be moved easily. The tubing in the coils is made of aluminum and is very thin. It can kink and tear easily. I'm not trying to discourage you just make sure that you approach those coils carefully. You may be able to fold them back against the wall to allow space for your kegs.
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Not so older shelf coils a are galvanized steel a b#$ch to bend but can be done I helped a friend do one for a keezer couple of months ago.
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