What if you don't have a keezer?

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heywolfie1015

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Just something I've been wondering, but how many folks out there keg and don't have a keezer? I've been thinking about switching to kegs, but I don't have an extra fridge. How do you keep your brew cold? I life in Southern California, so keeping the keg outdoors or in the garage isn't going to cool it much.
 

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I started with kegging out of the gates, but luckily I had an extra fridge. I have bottled but kegging is sooo much easier. I suggest lookin around on craigslist for moving sales for a fridge, can find em really cheap. I am actually looking at chest freezers and planning on making a 'keezer' just because my carboys don't fit in my fridge very well so I can't really make any lagers. I have found some chest freezers on craigslist for like $150 or so, but just haven't pulled the trigger.
 

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OK... I took a chance... it's gtg. Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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Heh. I can back up that the jockey boxes are gtg. Interesting concept and would be great, but SWMBO would probably kill me if I put another cooler in the guest bathroom...
 

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I have never used one, but they definately look like they work. But for the price to buy or even build one, you could probably find a cheap fridge. Plus with a temp controller, you could lager in that thing too.

SWMBO --- hahaha... if you haven't seen it already... https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/swmbo-139326/
 
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But for the price to buy or even build one, you could probably find a cheap fridge. Plus with a temp controller, you could lager in that thing too.
Yeah, that is my thought, too. Man, I justified this hobby as cutting down my beer costs. Good thing the wife has enjoyed my first few batches.
 

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Brewing to save money only works if you don't look at equipment costs, because you'll always be buying new toys :)

If you want to keg, you need a way to chill it. The end. Depending on where you are and the time of year, sitting in the basement may be fine, but a fridge/freezer is generally one of the costs involved in kegging.
 
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