I'm planning on building a 4 tap keezer. I have everything I need except the appliance. I think I would prefer a refrigerator over a chest freezer. Are there any serious pitfalls that I may not be aware of using a fridge?
the reasons I think I would prefer a fridge:I just took off the lid of a freezer built a collar, reattached the collar and lid, and put my gas and tap hardware through the collar. a fridge is going to be more limiting in the number of kegs you can handle. I can fit 3 kegs into my 7 CU FT freezer and it work great. your gonna need a MONSTER fridge to fit 4 kegs into it. You are also generally keeping a larger empty area to temp, as kegs aren't that tall... It can also be tough to drill through the door, do to both depth and cracking plastic....
keezars are way simpler IMHO....
Not argumentative at all. It's a matter of opinion. If you are using it for additional storage it can be totally useful.the reasons I think I would prefer a fridge:
With a freezer, I need to build a collar - don't with fridge
I also need another temp controller - don't with fridge
I would limit storage (for hops, ageing beer, grains, etc) in a freezer
with a fridge, I also get a little extra freezer space for meat and pizza
as you can see in the picture, 4 kegs fit nicely in my ferm chamber and it is tiny (like 12 cu ft)
since i am using 2.5 gallon kegs, i can build a shelf above those and have room for 4 more
all of these reasons are appealing, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking something.
I'm seriously not trying to sound like a butthole but I couldn't figure out how to word this without sounding argumentative. Thanks for your input