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Old 03-05-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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I can't decide whether to get a freezer or a fridge to do my fermenting in. On one hand freezers are typically cheaper/cubic foot, but with a fridge I can use it as an actual fridge down the road when I'm not fermenting. What are the +/-'s of each? Which do you guys prefer?

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Old 03-05-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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I like a fridge because there's less modifications to make. But in the end I'd go for whatever is the least expensive.

I also like a fridge because like you said other uses. Plus with a fridge you have a freezer unit for storing hops, wort ect.

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Old 03-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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I have a fridge (a big dorm fridge) for lagering, only because it was free. If I were buying, I'd get a freezer. Trust me, you will ALWAYS have something in it, you won't be using it as a regular fridge or freezer. You'll either be lagering, or you'll be using it to keep temps in the mid-60s for your ales, or cold-conditioning something... it'll never *not* have at least one carboy in it...

I'm actually thinking about replacing my little dorm fridge, I just know that it's MUCH less efficient than a chest freezer (it seems to run constantly).
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:49 PM   #4
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+1 on the freezer, their also a lot cheaper to run than a fridge.

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Old 03-05-2008, 02:55 PM   #5
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Fridge for fermenting, chest freezer for kegger.
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:51 PM   #6
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A freezer with temp controller can be a fridge when not lagering. It work great as a kegerator and if no longer used for beer chest freezers are always useful for storing food.
In addition a chest freezer is a much more efficient cooling unit because the insulation is much more effective.


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