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Title: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on June 24, 2011, 01:53:29 PM
After years of going without temperature control & never making lagers, I have finally made a step in the right direction.
I had purchased a Johnson digital controller, last week (planning ahead).
Then, 2 days ago, I got a free (YES...FREE) 10 cu ft chest freezer, on craigslist.
Last night, I added a 2x6 cedar collar.
(Incidently, my house & garage smell freakin' marvelous, right now.)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz294/kitbutterfield/brewing/2.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz294/kitbutterfield/brewing/3-1.jpg)

It's very plain, but I'm extremely happy & excited.
Maybe some day I'll get around to making it pretty.

This afternoon, I'm brewing an American Lager.
Can't wait!!!
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Mark G on June 24, 2011, 01:56:58 PM
Maybe some day I'll get around to making it pretty.
If it dispenses beer, it's pretty.  ;)
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on June 24, 2011, 02:02:14 PM
It's just silly that it took me over 15 years to get this ball rolling.

I'm reluctant to add taps, because I can just imagine my 15 month-old son taking an IPA shower.
...Better to have them in a safer place, out of reach.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: beersk on June 24, 2011, 02:51:04 PM
Damn, I am jealous.  I'm planning to purchase a chest freezer and Johnson controller this fall as well to start with fermentation temperature control.  But free for the freezer!  That's insane.  I wish I could be so lucky...
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: JKL on June 24, 2011, 02:58:43 PM
It's just silly that it took me over 15 years to get this ball rolling.


+1!  15 years of off 'n' on brewing and I also finally got a chest freezer a few months ago.  WOW! what a difference.  I'm drinking on a keg of brown ale that I fermented at 60 deg with US-05.  It is so clean tasting that it's hard to believe that an 8% beer can be this drinkable.  Congrats on your new equipment!
-J.K.L.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: gmac on June 24, 2011, 03:53:02 PM
Are you going to add a liner of styrofoam insulation on the cedar?  I'm not sure if you need to but I've seen that before.  Looks like you have room so it might not hurt.  I just bought a brand new freezer so I can make my older one into a beer freezer.  Not quite the deal you got.  Gets delivered today.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on June 24, 2011, 04:10:21 PM
Are you going to add a liner of styrofoam insulation on the cedar?  I'm not sure if you need to but I've seen that before.  Looks like you have room so it might not hurt.  I just bought a brand new freezer so I can make my older one into a beer freezer.  Not quite the deal you got.  Gets delivered today.

It holds the temperature pretty well, so I may not bother...Time will tell.

Damn, I am jealous.  I'm planning to purchase a chest freezer and Johnson controller this fall as well to start with fermentation temperature control.  But free for the freezer!  That's insane.  I wish I could be so lucky...

It actually took me a few weeks of very intense searching, to find this one.
I called & emailed so many, I started to seriously confuse myself as to which ones were which.
I was just about to give up & buy one from Menard's, when I saw the ad for this one.
Persistence pays off.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: euge on June 24, 2011, 05:30:51 PM
Awesome! This will revolutionize your brewing. It'll take getting used to but I love just putting the fermenter(s) in and walking away. No fiddling with ice-packs or watching the thermometer. No real temp swings that the controller can't take care of. I have mine set at 65F for now. Fluctuates between 62-65 and the batches that have been coming out have been exceptional.

Wish I had done this years ago.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: tschmidlin on June 24, 2011, 06:24:35 PM
Awesome.  It looks plenty pretty to me. :)
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Tristan on June 25, 2011, 06:07:52 PM
Congrats!  That looks great man!  Good luck with your American Lager.  You'll be very very pleased with the results!
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: beersk on June 27, 2011, 03:21:23 PM


Damn, I am jealous.  I'm planning to purchase a chest freezer and Johnson controller this fall as well to start with fermentation temperature control.  But free for the freezer!  That's insane.  I wish I could be so lucky...

It actually took me a few weeks of very intense searching, to find this one.
I called & emailed so many, I started to seriously confuse myself as to which ones were which.
I was just about to give up & buy one from Menard's, when I saw the ad for this one.
Persistence pays off.

Funnily enough, my stepdad told me that a friend of his has two 5 cf chest freezers he's trying to get rid of, both in good shape and free.  I was planning to downsize my batches to 3 gallon batches and ferment in 5 gallon kegs anyway, so this sounds like I scored a deal also.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on June 27, 2011, 04:04:27 PM
My first lager is happily bubbling.
 ;D
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: beersk on June 27, 2011, 04:08:52 PM
Cool.  What was your method for chilling to pitching temp?
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on June 27, 2011, 05:27:23 PM
My water comes out of the tap, quite cold...Like roughly 45-50.
So, I just chilled with my immersion chiller, transferred to the carboy, placed it into the freezer & pitched.

Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: beersk on June 27, 2011, 06:43:51 PM
Ah, that's cool.  Perhaps I should only brew lagers in the winter and spring months when the water coming out of the tap is sure to be colder.  Otherwise, I can't do that in the summer as I'm pretty sure the water doesn't get that cold.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: euge on June 27, 2011, 06:58:47 PM
In this season at it's coldest my tap is 86F. That's the summer for ya! But I cooled 6 gallons last evening to 62 in 35 minutes total with an ice-water recirc after the wort hit 88. It went into the fermenteezer. :D A few more minutes with the ice-recirc and the wort would have been at lager pitching temps.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on June 27, 2011, 07:02:46 PM
Ah, that's cool.  Perhaps I should only brew lagers in the winter and spring months when the water coming out of the tap is sure to be colder.  Otherwise, I can't do that in the summer as I'm pretty sure the water doesn't get that cold.
I didn't actually get my wort down to 50...I just got down to about 68, then let the freezer take care of the rest.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Kit B on July 27, 2011, 09:37:07 PM
I added some parts:

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz294/kitbutterfield/brewing/10037163476326_ORIG.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: euge on July 28, 2011, 12:31:07 AM
Nice. That makes me thirsty.
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: lazydog79 on August 03, 2011, 03:32:58 PM
A solid pickup!  Adding a freezer and a controller was probably the best thing I could have done for my beer!  I can't believe I went without it.  Now I just need to get another one to set up for kegs like you did!
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: bluesman on August 03, 2011, 04:47:14 PM
Nice. I just added a second chest for fermentation. I have one for lagering but needed a dedicated chest for fermentation to facilitate my process. Welcome to the obsession.  :)
Title: Re: Finally got a chest freezer
Post by: Pinski on August 03, 2011, 04:53:22 PM
Just got a 15 CF freezer to ferment with last Saturday.  Last night my temp controller arrived and it turned out to be the model that doesn't come pre-wired :( . I can't wait to try my hand at some lagers.