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Brewing fridge advice

Post by gr_baker » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:09 pm

Hi,

I'm looking for some advice on buying a fridge or freezer suitable for brewing ales and lagers. I've got an Inkpen controller and a heating belt that I've used successfully during the winter in my kitchen, I'd like to add the cooling side to my control and I'm wondering if a fridge will give me enough cooling to be able to lager a beer for a month or so or if I should get a freezer?

Any advice appreciated.

Russell

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by Ulsterman » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:57 pm

I use a tall fridge for fermenters and a chest freezer set at 1 degree for lagering, both on inkbirds. Bought both cheap on gumtree. Not sure you can get a fridge down low enough for lagering temps. Freezer is also good place to store your hops.

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by gr_baker » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:42 pm

Thanks. I suspected that might be the case. I'll probably have look at under the counter freezers. I think a chest freezer would present difficulties lifting a full FV out and I don't have the room for a tall freezer like yours unfortunately.

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by jaroporter » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:28 pm

Ulsterman wrote: Bought both cheap on gumtree. Not sure you can get a fridge down low enough for lagering temps.
well i've frozen a beer in a fridge, so i guess where there's a will there's a way!
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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by Jocky » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:41 pm

Indeed, you can definitely get fridges cold enough to lager. A chest freezer might be more efficient though.
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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by JonoT » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:32 pm

I have had several fridges... The Beko is deffentally the best one i've had. I've had a bosch and that wouldn't go down below about 3.5oC I use my Beko tall larder fridge to larger.

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by Fil » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:41 pm

the best fridge is a free one scour freecycle gum tree and pester family n friends, anyone upgrading the kitchen fridge will be glad of a free removal service.

Its a lot cheaper and sensible imho to get a new FV to sit in your fridge than buy a new fridge to fit your £5-10 bucket..
when brewbuckets were to wide to fit inside my 'new' brewfridge i switched to using the 4" neck wine fermentors and jerrycans..
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by JonoT » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:48 pm

|I found mine on GumTree, paid £10 for it as they could sell it as there was a huge dent in the door and no handle. Its worked fine for 7 years :)

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by gr_baker » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:29 pm

All good advice, thanks. Unfortunately fridges don't come with a minimum temperature specification so it looks like it'll be a freezer.

I agree with the comments about Bosch. I replaced my integrated fridge freezer with a Bosch a couple of years ago. It's more noisy, more expensive and smaller than the Neff it replaced.

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by AnthonyUK » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:50 am

gr_baker wrote:All good advice, thanks. Unfortunately fridges don't come with a minimum temperature specification so it looks like it'll be a freezer.

I agree with the comments about Bosch. I replaced my integrated fridge freezer with a Bosch a couple of years ago. It's more noisy, more expensive and smaller than the Neff it replaced.

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Bosch, Neff and Siemens are fundamentally the same at least for ovens, hobs and dishwashers.
Just check any appliance part site and look at the supported models :wink:

If you have issues getting a fridge temperature low enough just bypass the thermostat at it will likely be that which is stopping it.

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Re: Brewing fridge advice

Post by Fil » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:22 am

+1 for bypasing the fridges internal thermostat, a simple mod and you can chill well below 0C..
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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