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Don't drill or use screws. Use magnets to hold drip trays etc. Chest freezers have refrigerant coils in the walls. Lids & doors are ok. Only risk hitting some electrical for the lights, but usually easy to trace and avoid. Probe wires are usually fine just cutting the lid seal a little so they have a channel. Mine seal just fine without any ...


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If your beer really is stale, that would mean that you have a problem with the caps on your bottles because of the low temperature, and that somehow your CO2 escapes and oxygen enters. However, at lower temperatures, more CO2 dissolves in your beer. If you keep your beer really at 4° C, that is very low. My experience is that keeping a beer for a couple of ...


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I doubt this is a case of "stale beer" - I suppose it is just not very carbonated for service at a cold temperature. The metal cap of a beer bottle tends to shrink faster than the glass so the cap becomes more firmly attached as the temp drops. It is possible that the cap is badly fitted and that may affect gas tightness, but this is rare. Crown corks are ...


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Hops stored in a sealed packet in a fridge should be alright to use - even if the rest of the fridge is "crawling" with bugs. I say this because the hops grew in the open air and since picking have not been treated with anything "antibacterial" or "anti-fungal" (or should not have been). They are just dried and stored and sold. So the hops themselves are not ...


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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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Assuming it is a chest freezer, you can inspire yourself by looking how people build a keezer: HOW TO BUILD A KEEZER by Northern Brewer So you could add a wood rim between the chest and the lid, so that way, you can drill the wood without damaging the freezer.


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Check if it has any kind of drain hole to allow defrosting liquid to drain out. In that case, and assuming you can remove any plugs from your cables, you could route them through there.


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I am with barking.pete and chthon on this but would go even further in assuming that something with the carbonation process itself is off. In my (for obvious reasons limited) experience of opening warm beer bottles, there should be much more than just foam and some carbonation if you open a well carbonated homebrew at room temperature. So I assume that the ...


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I'm afraid there is no simple answer. Some refrigerators are made in a way that prevent moisture and frost. it generally consist of wall coating that makes water flow easier, and draining ducts. And also periodic heating of cooling elements to melt frost. If your refrigerator is not built with these, your options are limited: Buy anti-frost freezer mat. ...


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No, length is not a problem. Just coil your beerline and tape it together so that it is not a mess whenever you open the door. CO2 should be outside the fridge. Yes, you can drill through the side, but the door is usually the safest. When drilling through the side, avoid the 5cm around the sides as there are cooling tubes running there. An even better idea ...


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I wouldn't be worried to use them - they're pretty pungent little fellows and I've never seen them pick up off-aromas. If they smell good to you, they're probably good. ESPECIALLY if they're going to hit the boil kettle. They do well with anti-bacterial problems as well, so infection shouldn't be a big risk. I'd use them.


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A good humidity control for a fermentor is a mason jar of rice. Air circulation helps a lot to facilitate contact with the rice. Change it out when the rice doesn't appear dry anymore. Pillow packs are good too. Silica moisture packs are a must have in homebrewing, for grain storage too. I save them from sneakers, pillows etc. They are also reusable, once ...


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I like to use PBW (or the home made version) to clean hard surfaces like that. Dissolve in some hot water and scrub. It will remove most anything and is safe for brewing when rinsed properly. Follow up with a thorough rinsing and then use a no-rinse sanitizer to ensure it's all clean. Home made PBW recipes can be found online, but the base is Oxiclean Free (...


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I use a freezer and instead of getting one of those fancy external temperature controllers I changed the major adjustment on the built in thermostat to get in the range of a refrigerator (the lowest it can now get is around 33 degrees Fahrenheit.) I also drilled a hole though the top so I could keep the gas bottle outside. (I don’t have a collar.) This ...


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I converted a dorm sized fridge simply because that's what I had. All of the cooling is provided by the freezer box. I successfully bent it into the area above the 'shelf' in the back. Works great but I am building a temperature controller from an stc-1000 to cycle it on and off to prevent freezing. I have a dual tap tower and a drip tray and it looks ...


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