Freezer or fridge for lagering? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Freezer or fridge for lagering?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-20-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
darkstar79
 
darkstar79's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Lake in the Hills, IL
Posts: 136


I want to start making lagers as well and am wondering if it would be better to get a small chest freezer or a refridgerator? I would think the smaller the better since you can only do one at a time and the freezer wouldnt be used for any ther purpose. what does everyone else use?
__________________
Primary 1: Jumping Monkey IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
Drunkensatyr
 
Drunkensatyr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Posts: 1,997
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts


I use my 15 cubic foot chest freezer that just happens to be my kegerator. There are usually 2 or 3 carboys in there, some lagering some cold crashing before kegging.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 01:09 PM   #3
Kegerator
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Kegerator's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Michigan
Posts: 118

+1 on the 15 cubic foot chest freezer.
__________________
www.TechnologyAndBeer.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 02:53 PM   #4
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,599
Liked 158 Times on 148 Posts


If you are only planning to have 1 at a time, a refrigerator would be good. You could set the temperature properly for fermentation, then lower it for lagering.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 03:31 PM   #5
Soperbrew
Who rated my beer?
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Soperbrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Chandler, Arizona
Posts: 2,480
Liked 96 Times on 89 Posts


This is a quandry for me as well. I would have a huge chest freezer by now, but I don't want to be lifting a full carboy in & out of one. Still undecided.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #6
FireBrewer
 
FireBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Fallston, MD
Posts: 1,961
Liked 14 Times on 12 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Drunkensatyr View Post
I use my 15 cubic foot chest freezer that just happens to be my kegerator. There are usually 2 or 3 carboys in there, some lagering some cold crashing before kegging.
Same here.

I'd go with the chest freezer and a larger one if you can. You'll be suprised how fast you find use for a bigger one.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 04:10 PM   #7
Kaiser
 
Kaiser's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2005
Pepperell, MA
Posts: 3,895
Liked 131 Times on 76 Posts


chest freezer is the way to go. There are so much more efficient that fridges since the cold air doesn't fall out when you open it. I lager in kegs. Especially since I can fit more of them into the chest freezer.

Kai

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #8
bwitt
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 97

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaiser View Post
chest freezer is the way to go. There are so much more efficient that fridges since the cold air doesn't fall out when you open it. I lager in kegs. Especially since I can fit more of them into the chest freezer.

Kai
+1 I can only get my fridge down to 41F with a full 5 gal carboy in it. You should have no problem getting to the low 30's with a chest freezer.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Lagering Freezer anthrobe Equipment/Sanitation 9 07-26-2007 03:15 AM
will a freezer work for lagering? turfguy1969 Equipment/Sanitation 2 06-27-2007 04:46 PM
convert box freezer for lagering? megavites Equipment/Sanitation 5 03-18-2007 12:42 AM
Lagering, {fridge-freezer?} JacktheKnife Equipment/Sanitation 3 11-14-2006 01:07 PM
Lagering/Kegerator fridge/freezer suggestions Drunk Monkey Equipment/Sanitation 3 12-27-2005 05:09 PM


Forum Jump