I'm a new brewer who just relocated from a nice, cool environment in CA, where I didn't need a cooler all year, to Phoenix, AZ. So yes, it's going to get VERY hot pretty soon here. I'll be brewing in the garage, which is not temperature controlled, so I will definitely need some sort of fermentation cooler for all of my batches from here on out.
I've been doing single batches thus far, in a 6.5 gallon carboy (5 gallon for secondary of course), but I'm pretty sure I'll be wanting to do either double batches or two simultaneous batches pretty soon here.
I don't keg yet, but I'm sure I will at some point in the next year or so.
Space is not an issue in my new house at all. Cost is a bit of a factor, but not too bad - if I can do something for under $300 that would be great, but could probably handle up to $500.
What are your recommendations given all of these facts? I know there are chest freezers and upright - it seems like chest freezers would have more space and accommodate two 6.5 gallon carboys more easily, but it seems to me like it would be difficult to get them in and out of there. Any tips would be greatly appreciated, including specific brands of fridge/freezer and temperature controllers...