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pilznbeenthere
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Post Number: 26
Registered: 12-2002
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Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 09:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I live in the desert. Root cellar gets to 67F and 90% humidity in summer. As opposed to my normal fermenting space, the 90F garage.

I'd like to put a small temperature regulated freezer in the root cellar for summer lagering purposes. The concern I have is regarding the humidity. Will the high humidity pose problems with the average small (Haier type) chest freezer?

Thanks for any comments.

Innkeeper Vaclav Mirwald..."There is one thing we really need in Pilsn...good, cheap beer! (~1839)"
 

Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 6650
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Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Those are hardly extreme conditions if you lived in a humid climate. The freezer itself will do fine. Yes, of course you will have more condensation inside the freezer during the summer, especially if it is used at above freezing temperatures. You can coat the seams (do it when it's dry) with silicone tub and tile caulk. There is also desiccant (usually calcium chloride and/or silica gel) sold under various names (DampRid is one) that you can place in a pan in the bottom of the freezer and periodically change when it gets wet. The desiccant can be recharged in a warm oven.

(Message edited by BillPierce on March 04, 2007)
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1836
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Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 10:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it really 90% ??? hmmm.
Just to clarify what I think Bill was caulking about. Usually the bottom and side have an open joint in them and the moisture will get in there and that is hwere yu will see your first rust spots. If you were to caulk it when its dry and warm it would handle hte condensation better or at least be easier to sop up and not look so bad. The only summer I ran my freezer as a lager room here with probably a 20-30% humidity level I got a large amount of water in the bottom and would just towel it out every week or so. You sure wouldn't want to lager above a nice wood floor.
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pilznbeenthere
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Post Number: 27
Registered: 12-2002
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 12:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the comments. I was thinking more along the lines of the motor being in a humid environment. Our area is actually quite dry in the summer, but the cellar is quite humid.

Innkeeper Vaclav Mirwald..."There is one thing we really need in Pilsn...good, cheap beer! (~1839)"
 

John Jacox
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Post Number: 218
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 01:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Living here in Central Florida (Lakeland), we usually have high humidity, especially in the summer. The last year I haven't had much time for brewing, so I have been using my chest freezer as a beer cooler. I've been using a product by DampRid called "Hanging Moisture Absorber". It's meant to be hung in a closet to keep moisture out. It has a hanger on top, then a pouch of dessicant below, then a pouch below that where the water drains into after the dessicant becomes saturated. They last for months before the dessicant goes bad and the water pouch gets full. I never even have to wipe any water from the bottom of the freezer and have no rust spots. NAYYYY
Oops, just read that your concerns are about the motor. It regularly gets very humid here, and I have not had any problems with any of my freezers or refrigerators, but of course they are inside the air conditioned house where the humidity is much lower than outside.

(Message edited by johnj on March 05, 2007)
 

ELK
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Post Number: 1837
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 03:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I dont think the humidity is a problem for the compressor motor. It is a closed sealed compressor.
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pilznbeenthere
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Post Number: 28
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Elk, and to all! I'm going to try it. Our spring megabrew is a Marzen, lager all summer for our Octoberfest party.

Innkeeper Vaclav Mirwald..."There is one thing we really need in Pilsn...good, cheap beer! (~1839)"