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Old 09-11-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Hello, all.

I have been doing a little lurking here lately since I am thinking of getting back into homebrewing.

I got tired of messing with bottles, then moved to a house with no basement, so gave it up.

Kegging looks interesting, so I am going to give it another whirl.

How do you keep a freezer from freezing your kegs and carboys? Do freezers allow that degree of temperature control, or do you have to use an external controller?

 
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:15 PM   #2
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Welcome! You have to use an external controller, I don't know of any freezers that will keep it warm enough not to freeze your beer. External controllers are relatively cheap (you can get one for $50 or less), and they work great.
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:52 PM   #3
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external temp controller, or i think you can bypass the thermostat and install a new internal controll/bypass.

most deep freezes dont' get warmer than 20F or so since their purpose is to freeze.
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:03 AM   #4
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Thanks. That was what I thought.

I was just playing with the digital control on the freezer on our big fridge and it only goes up to 22 degrees.

Since asking, I have done some googleing and all the freezer projects I found used controllers. One guy had a heater wired in too. He lives way up north and has his modified freezer in the garage.

 
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:13 AM   #5
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Prowling craigslist, looking at fridges and freezers.

I wonder what would be best?

I have room for a large dorm fridge, a small house size fridge or one of those corner size freezers.

I would be nice to have room for two or three corny kegs, plus a carboy or bucket for Lager. Some room for bottles would be a plus.

 
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:26 AM   #6
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I personally like chest freezers, I think you get more bang for your buck. I have a 7 cu ft. one, and it holds 4 cornies and a CO2 tank, or 3 cornies, a carboy, and a tank, or numerous other combinations.
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:56 AM   #7
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Also, look at EdWort's sticky in this section about chest freezer sizing for corny kegs.
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