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Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« on: September 23, 2015, 01:10:22 AM »
I was lucky enough to pick up a nice Kenmore Elite Freezer for $100. I currently do not have a fermentation chamber or a keezer. Initially I would like to use this as a fermentation chamber but possibly use it as a keezer if i am not fermenting or convert it to a keezer down the road.

This freezer has a digital thermostat but the max temperature I can set is 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Is there a way to easily override this max temperature?  I really would rather not take apart this freezer and risk ruining it. I saw some plug in temperature controllers that are an option. Does anyone have any suggestions for a plug and play temperature controller or another easy solution?




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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2015, 01:17:21 AM »
Plenty of plug in options. Inkbird, Johnson, Ranco, plus many others. I have an analog Johnson on my keezer as I don't care what temp the dial says, I only care what temp the beer is.

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ Sensor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011296704/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_IZFawb7HC3AAG

Johnson Controls A19AAT-2C Freezer Temperature Controller https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002EAL58/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_c0FawbBKNGDRD

RANCO ETC-111000 Digital Cold Temperature Control NEW https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015NV5BE/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_Q1Fawb45RBDSZ

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2015, 01:47:22 AM »
I have the Johnson A419. Super easy to set up and has worked great for me. At first I just used it for my keezer but have now started using my keezer as my lager chamber too. I am very pleased with the product and the price is worth the ease to me. Set it to the temp you want and forget it. Can't recommend it enough.

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2015, 02:18:44 AM »
I have the Johnson A419. Super easy to set up and has worked great for me. At first I just used it for my keezer but have now started using my keezer as my lager chamber too. I am very pleased with the product and the price is worth the ease to me. Set it to the temp you want and forget it. Can't recommend it enough.
+1 - I use mine on my chest freezer that is a lager chamber/keezer, and it works perfectly. Set the thermostat on the freezer as low as it will go and the external controller will turn it on/off as needed to maintain temp. Easy as pie.
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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2015, 02:59:39 AM »
Thankso so much for the suggestions everyone!

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2015, 11:02:45 PM »
Good luck and enjoy!


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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2015, 01:32:36 AM »
Is that a frost-free freezer with removable shelves?  If so, you made a major score.

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2015, 03:26:34 AM »
There's also this guy: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=334

I like it better than the Johnson A419 I used to use, and it's dual stage as well.
It's too close to home
And it's too near the bone

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2015, 06:38:40 AM »
Yes it is a frost free freezer with removable shelves :) it can easily fit four 6.5 gallon buckets in it.

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2015, 01:40:44 AM »
That's great! Cool idea, thanks for the post!

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Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2015, 05:17:04 PM »
If youre into DIY, STC 1000's can be had for super cheap.  I think I paid $32 for a two pack with free shipping from china lol...
Anyone got a lighter??

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