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blatz:
So in trying to diagnose a mysterious CO2 'leak' in my kegerator, I come to discover that I don't have a leak at all, my kegerator is in fact freezing the kegs in the rear of the unit 

Over the past several weeks I had noticed that my beer had turned slightly hazy and tasted 'thicker' than usual. Now it all makes sense

I've de-iced the cold plate, but am also thinking that I should just buy a digital temp controller and override the dial thermostat on the unit to prevent this from occurring.

I'm just hoping that my now 5 year old kegerator isn't working its way toward an early grave.

Any thoughts or advice out there?

weithman5:
I don't think you need to jump to the new controller right away (though it is always cool to get new stuff).  If it has been doing well until now, see how it performs now that you have de-iced.  also you can get a cheap thermometer, or even a digital thermometer/probe that you can put in the back and run the wire out and watch temp.  may just need to adjust the dial a little.  That said you may have created some new "eis-" varieties.

blatz:
thanks for the reply.  yeah - I adjusted the dial down further and will check later to see the progress.

I may just go ahead and get another ranco - I'm a precision guy, and just turning a knob somewhere between cold and coldest has always irked me.

its funny, I was drinking my vienna on sunday and was thinking "god this has picked up a much richer body" and proceeded to get a strong buzz on after only 2 pints. eis-vienna.

bluesman:
I had a similiar problem when my thermocouple from my Johnson controller came loose from the keg and enabled the freezer to continure to run and freeze all three kegs solid.  :o

I'm all about the precision too. I would go with a Ranco or Johnson controller. I attach the thermocouple directly to the outside of the keg. My chest freezer runs at setpoint +/- 2 degrees.

weithman5:
eis-vienna

crap, i just bottled my vienna, and to think i could have been a step ahead....

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