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Todd Metcalf
Username: Todd_emt

Post Number: 127
Registered: 05-2002
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Posted on Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My old kegerator/refrigerator died last weekend. Luckily there wasn't anything worth saving in the freezer part.

I'm debating between getting a new refrigerator for the kitchen and converting the old kitchen fridge. This would be nice, but not something I was planning to do. The current kitchen fridge isn't that new, so I could see upgrading between 5-10 years.

Because of cost though, I've been pondering just getting a freezer. There is also the advantage to us it for lagering, as long as I don't mind drinking beer at various temps. (I brew mostly ales anyway) I already have an external temp controller that is not currently being used.

Any downsides using a freezer? Is condensation a problem?

Bob Wall
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Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 911
Registered: 11-2004
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If you do the chest freezer, you might want to consider the collar method. The best part of this method is that you don't have to cut any holes into the actual freezer or the lid, you simply un-bolt the lid from the bottom and bolt it to the collar. 2-sided foam insulated tape and gravity take care of the rest.

I don't know who this particular freezer belongs to, the photo was passed around a few years ago, but you get the idea.

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Username: Pizzaman

Post Number: 665
Registered: 02-2003
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I have both. There is advantages to each.

My fridge I did as you are thinking. Got the wife a new fridge and converted the old one.
Advantages- Wife loves her new double door SS fridge and honestly so don't I
You can store hops and ice in the freezer, beer and yeast above the kegs, easy to convert going thru the door, no temperature controller required
Disadvantages-Only holds 4 kegs and tougher to move kegs in and out
Chest freezer advantages-Fairly cheap new, Holds 8 kegs. 4 taps and 4 lagering. Easy to move kegs in and out. Some room on the "hump" for storage of other items.
Disadvantages-Collar had to be built and tempature controller wired. Takes up more floor space

Brad Petit
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Username: Voodoobrew

Post Number: 253
Registered: 06-2005
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I notice that a fair amount of water collects in the bottom of my freezer. (I live in a fairly humid environment.) I've tried DampRid but I don't think it helped too much. But I sealed up all the seams so I'm not real worried about rust in that regard. I just figure I'll pull the kegs out every now and then and mop it up with a towel.