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Old 01-18-2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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A mini-fridge isn't quite right for me, and I don't currently have space for a whole new fridge. I'm hoping a chest freezer has enough control to actually pull it above freezing temps and let me store my beer in it as if it were a fridge. Anyone else doing this or know if it is possible?

I also like the idea of getting a full size fridge in the future and using this chest freezer for kegging/beer on tap.

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Old 01-18-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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search temperature controllers...Johnson and Ranco

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Old 01-18-2008, 11:15 PM   #3
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No thanks, I'm just wondering if a chest freezer can be go above 32F with its stock controller and no additional expense.

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Old 01-18-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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Don't think so, but it probably depends on the model what the high temp setting is.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:21 PM   #5
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some might be able to, but you can pick up Johnson controllers for ~$25 on ebay, much better option IMHO.

Are you talking about just storing beer for serving? That's all the stock controller would be good for, it allows too much variation for anything else.

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Old 01-18-2008, 11:51 PM   #6
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Yeah, I have two chest freezers, one for fermentation and one for my kegs. I needed temp controllers for both.
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:53 AM   #7
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No, chest freezers are designed to run even colder than a standard freezer on a combo unit. The stock thermo on mine only went as warm as 20F.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:04 AM   #8
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I picked up one of these at my local hardware store for about $25, and use it to control my freezer, and it works perfect.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:39 AM   #9
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I use a chest freezer to store and serve my tasty brew.

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Old 01-19-2008, 04:50 AM   #10
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I use a freezer. get a controller. the only other way you could do it is with a household timer, lots of experimenting, and only sub-standard results at maintaining a stable temp.

even if you don't look hard, you can get a controller for $30-$40...its worth it.
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