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Old 02-12-2008, 08:30 PM   #11
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:44 PM   #12
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You can always convert the Sanyo into a 2-tap kegerator if you decide you want to ferment more than one batch at a time.

Still, I'd consider getting a larger chest freezer for fermentation if you have the room for it. I have a 10 cubic foot chest freezer and it comfortably fits two carboys with plenty of room left over for other stuff (grain, etc.).
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:34 PM   #13
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:58 PM   #14
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Exactly what I thought, too. Most likely, that 7.2 cu. ft. one will hold up to two carboys (but no more than one 6-6.5 one) or three corny kegs. That'll get you fairly far, actually. Bigger is nice, too.

Chest freezers are great in this area because they are so efficient and need to cycle less often. Look around Home Dept, Lowes, Conn's, Best Buy, and wherever else for returned and scratch & dent items. You do need to look inside the thing, though, to see how it is laid out. That compressor will make a hump somewhere that will limit your floor space.

The bad part about chest freezers in this area is that they will hold moisture, so you either need to keep them cold or clean them often. When fermenting at ale temperatures, you may have mold start in a week or less. That is less of a problem at lager fermenting temperatures, and it barely is an issue at below 40F. I empty mine out, dry it with a towel, and wipe it down with StarSan or iodophor from time to time, and that helps when fermenting. Spraying it down would be even easier and better, but I keep forgetting to pick up another spray bottle.


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Old 02-12-2008, 10:17 PM   #15
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The bad part about chest freezers in this area is that they will hold moisture, so you either need to keep them cold or clean them often.
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I have the same problem
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:21 PM   #16
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I have the same problem
What about using some Damp-Rid? I had a huge moisture problem in the old dorm fridge I use as a lagerator, but I put in a container of that and it's bone-dry.
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What about using some Damp-Rid? I had a huge moisture problem in the old dorm fridge I use as a lagerator, but I put in a container of that and it's bone-dry.
Never thought of that, I'll have to give it shot! Thanks for the idea.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:27 PM   #18
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It took me FOREVER to find the stuff; it's in with the painting supplies at Home Depot.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:09 PM   #19
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I use a 4912 with a 6gal carboy, fits well in there on the left side. Plan to convert to kegerator at some point. Dont tell my wife though, had to fight hard enough to get the fridge, the kegerator is the next battle!

 
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:08 AM   #20
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I purchased the 4912 as temporary solution. I have a Ranco controlling it and use it exclusively for my ale primary fermentations in the winter and the hottest parts of the summer. Ambient temps in my garage are good for most of the year. I bought it with the intention of converting it to a kegerator at a later date. I just got my Lowes 10% discount card and am going to get a 14 cu ft freezer. I want to start doing lagers and so I will have multiple lagerings going at one time. The Sanyo should still work well for the shorter lager primary. The Sanyo, if you can get a good deal on it and realize the limitations is certainly not a waste of money IMHO.
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