Anyone using a chest freezer to store their beer? Temp control?

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NitrouStang96

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A mini-fridge isn't quite right for me, and I don't currently have space for a whole new fridge. I'm hoping a chest freezer has enough control to actually pull it above freezing temps and let me store my beer in it as if it were a fridge. Anyone else doing this or know if it is possible?

I also like the idea of getting a full size fridge in the future and using this chest freezer for kegging/beer on tap.
 
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No thanks, I'm just wondering if a chest freezer can be go above 32F with its stock controller and no additional expense.
 

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some might be able to, but you can pick up Johnson controllers for ~$25 on ebay, much better option IMHO.

Are you talking about just storing beer for serving? That's all the stock controller would be good for, it allows too much variation for anything else.
 

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Yeah, I have two chest freezers, one for fermentation and one for my kegs. I needed temp controllers for both.
 

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No, chest freezers are designed to run even colder than a standard freezer on a combo unit. The stock thermo on mine only went as warm as 20ºF.
 

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I use a freezer. get a controller. the only other way you could do it is with a household timer, lots of experimenting, and only sub-standard results at maintaining a stable temp.

even if you don't look hard, you can get a controller for $30-$40...its worth it.
 
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