I have a 5cf freezer that held ice-packs, hops and food. The original intent was to make ice for wort chilling and to keep my fermentations cool. The fermentation aspect has worked quite well with a little trial and error, but involves a twice daily ice-pack swap.
Therefore, I can't brew and then go out of town. Have to monitor the temps.
Thus, I tried the TEC approach, but also involves ice-packs at least once a day as the weather has warmed up. This is OK in a pinch, but still relates to the original problem.
So I emptied and cleaned out my little freezer with the intent of fermenting in it. The hops and food went into my fridge's freezer. Jammed full, I almost can't open he door without sh!t falling out and it's difficult to access my food.
I WANT MY FREEZER BACK!
So, I've tentatively decided to buy another freezer. The goal is to fit two 7.9 gallon buckets in there side by side. They measure 14" across and 16" tall. So the space needs to be at least 29" wide. Can't fit 2 in the 5cf freezer without modifying with a collar, and I'm not so keen about stacking my fermenters on top of each other.
Do ya'll think a 7cf fridge will do the trick? Experiences with this? Advice?