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Old 09-27-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
Sep 2008
Lafayette, CO
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I was thinking about keeping an eye on craigslist over the winter to find a cheap small fridge that I could put one or two buckets in so that I don't have to worry about high fermentation temperatures next summer. I could even try something with a lager yeast if something evil were to possess me. I might even be able to save a few bucks and get an old temperature controller from work.

Will a freezer work just as well as a fridge with a temp controller? Should I look for a chest type with a lid on top? Any input from anyone else with a similar setup is greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-27-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
Jan 2008
Northern KY
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A freezer will work just fine. Pretty much anything that will fit your fermenter will work for an ale. For lagering, a freezer might have an easier time keeping the really low temps.

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Old 09-27-2008, 08:56 PM   #3
Aug 2007
Hermon, Maine
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I have a small chest freezer with a temp controller that I use as a fermentation chest. It works great.

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Old 09-29-2008, 05:25 PM   #4
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I like chest freezer because they are more efficient, but I now use an upright deep freeze for my fermenting. Whatever works best for you.

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