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I have converted all three at one time or another and am currently using a chest freezer for the following reasons: Chest freezers are larger inside. Chest freezers are better insulated and use less energy. My current kegerator is the smallest chest freezer I could find at Lowes. It fits 3 soda kegs and a 5lb CO2 cylinder. My taps are on the front of ...


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Get a freezer on craigslist. Find one cheap. 50-300 bucks depending on size, the deal, and condition. I see them for 100-150$ for the huge ones all the time. I have a 20 cu ft stand up. It's the biggest one you can get. Buy a temp controller online, a brewshop, or at a beverage supply place (~50-60$), and set it to desired temp. I use 55ยบ, that's a good ...


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Jim makes good comments. Especially regarding chest freezer efficiency at staying cold, even when open. I'll add that I like a standing fridge for ease of loading and unloading. However, its tough sometimes to reach in and add/remove the connectors from the top of the kegs. Unless you have a full standing fridge (without a freezer portion) it got a little ...


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Since fermentation is done, you don't need an airlock at all. I use a stopper to seal buckets, or some plastic wrap and a rubber band to seal carboys. Don't over think this! And even though the yeast will tend to drop out, there will still be plenty left for bottle conditioning. I've had no trouble bottling beers that have been lagering for months.


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I learned this the hard way, and you are correct; the cooling beer will create a vacuum and suck the air lock fluid into the carboy. What I do is put either a solid bung or a carboy cap on the carboy before crash cooling. I kind of prefer the cap because the vacuum won't pull it into the neck of the carboy, whereas there's a chance that could happen with a ...


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Yep. Seal it up with some plastic wrap and a rubber band. Or, better, in air-tight tupperware and keep it in the refrigerator. Limit exposure to oxygen and you should be okay. Taste it before using again to check if it's stale or off.


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I recently bought the "Danby 4.4 cu. ft. Designer Series Compact All-Refrigerator" from hhgregg (http://www.hhgregg.com/ProductDetail.asp?SID=n&ProductID=16331). It works well but be advised you can only fit 2 kegs if you're using the taller/skinnier ones (8.5" diameter). Typically the ball lock kegs are this size. Someone posted some details for ...


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John Palmer says that Cleaning Plastics should be done with Percarbonates. A good application of elbow grease also works. :)


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A fridge is fine if you don't plan to use a temp controller with it. My first keg fridge was a normal standing fridge. Worked great. But now I use a small chest freezer with a temp controller. If you were planning on using a temp controller then I'd go with a chest freezer. Its just a little neater with the lines running around. I find it easier to ...


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I use an S-bubbler type airlock when crash cooling. I fill it with vodka or grain alcohol (Everclear). The S-bubbler tends to let air in without sucking back much fluid. Whatever does get sucked in is just neutral spirits.


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Just fill your airlock with something that living microbes can't survive in, like vodka or sulfite solution and don't fill it up so high that any will be pulled into the carboy by negative pressure. And RDWHAHB about the scary oxygen that will be pulled in, it's negligible and also it will stay above the cushion of CO2 that already in the neck of the carboy. ...


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In my opinion, not much at all. Make sure it seals OK, make sure it cools & make sure you have room for all the kegs you want to fit (many fridges have sloped bottoms). I found a working but nasty-looking fridge to save cash, it lives out of sight but a lick of paint covered up any "beauty spots" it had. When I got it I cleaned the inside quite ...


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No you can't save it. You really can't limit the Oxygen exposure very well and it will eventually stale. Not to mention is somewhat hyrgoscopic so its going to try and absorb moisture from your fridge thereby sucking up odors from your fridge as well. The best bet is to be using a mix of liquid and dry. Use LME for the bulk of your extract needs until ...


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Foodsaver makes tupperware-type containers with vacuum valves that allow you to suck all the air out of the container. Put your LME in one of these, sucky-thing it, then store it in the fridge for a little while.


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I went on Craigslist and bought a Vinotemp wine cabinet. It is supposed to hold around 400 bottles of wine. I'm not positive but I think it was about $500 used. The whole setup was meant to store wine on its side obviously, and this is not optimal for beer. I went to the container store and bought some ventilated shelving. It's the kind of stuff you would ...



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