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Boom. My new cellar.

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by LuisQ, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. LuisQ

    LuisQ Aficionado (145) Florida Jan 9, 2013

    Snagged up a deal for a freezer on CL and purchased a Johnson Control temp controller. Happy as a pig in shit.
  2. vthippie

    vthippie Aficionado (180) Vermont Dec 18, 2012

    I hear Invisible Beer cellars with the best of them.

    Door shelves look too short for 22s, as do the top 2 shelves, you going to do any renovation to that thing or just use as is?
  3. yojimbo1

    yojimbo1 Initiate (0) Kansas Feb 26, 2012

    Now you just need some beer. :)
  4. This looks like Manti Te'o's beer cellar.
    brikelly, xanok, powz87 and 40 others like this.
  5. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Savant (475) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    What you have there my friend is a refrigerator.
  6. LuisQ

    LuisQ Aficionado (145) Florida Jan 9, 2013

    Lol. Just picked it up. Shelves are adjustable. What? You guys don't see all the beer in there?!
  7. sweet come up buddy! How much did you snag it for? I have been searching CL for a good deal lately. My parents were nice enough to get me a good little fridge for my garage, but unfortunately it only fits like 14 of my bottles.... so I have the tough decision of looking through all of mine and keeping the ones I know I will drink within a month outside of the fridge and the biggies inside.
  8. beerborn

    beerborn Savant (345) Georgia Jan 22, 2012

    Looks like I'll have to start finding some cellar-able beers for our next trade!
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  9. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (835) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Really? Looks like a freezer to me. I used to have one just like it.
    TomClem likes this.
  10. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Savant (475) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    The point is its not a cellar until it is stocked with goods.
  11. damn i give up trying to post a picture it just wont work
  12. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (835) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Why doesn't he just buy a house with a cellar? That's what I did.
    crushedvol likes this.
  13. LuisQ

    LuisQ Aficionado (145) Florida Jan 9, 2013

    i live in florida, dude. everything is hot and at sea level. When it gets cold, it's still hot outside. I'll post a pic with my beers in it when i receive my temp controller to relieve some criticism.
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  14. i feel your pain. Also near the coast... it really ruins my hobby haha. But i guess that is the price we pay. although I really want to build a cellar and just install a bilge pump, I want a dungeon full of beer to show off damnit!
  15. I need to do this but fear it freezing. Whats the humidity levels like in these?
  16. LuisQ

    LuisQ Aficionado (145) Florida Jan 9, 2013

    From what I hear, if the temp control fails, it cuts off power to the fridge/freezer. I could be wrong, but I sure hope I'm not. I may just shoot am email over to Johnson Controls to verify.
  17. with these make shift beer fridge cellars, i worry about humidity and corks. wine fridges have a higher humidity level to keep the corks moist. most fridges suck the humidity out
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  18. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (835) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    This is true because the way it works is fridge plugs in to temp controller -> temp controller plugs in to wall.
  19. LuisQ

    LuisQ Aficionado (145) Florida Jan 9, 2013

    Threw some of my beers that have been laying around in. Question for anyone who has a freezer setup like this. The thermostat instructions assume that a fridge will be used. It states to set the fridge to the highest temp setting. Does this same rule apply to freezers? I set it to the highest freezer setting, but I feel that's affecting the temperature fluctuations greatly, ie. 45-55. If I want a tighter variance, I should be setting it at the lowest setting, correct? Comments or help?
  20. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (470) California Dec 11, 2010

    What do you mean by "variance?" I don't think it matters either way - once your Johnson controller or whatever goes above your desired setting, it'll turn on the freezer. Your freezer will then utilize its own thermostat and kick on the cooling system. Once the desired temp is reached, the Johnson controller turns everything off.

    I don't know whether or not some refrigerators can cool "faster" if you set the thermostat lower, but I don't think it makes a big difference.
  21. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (470) California Dec 11, 2010

    I think you're confused. Refrigerators and freezers are usually build up moisture inside due to condensation (depending on where the condensor is.) Mini fridges have a big problem with this, as do many freezers. Some fridges are "frost free" which may include a dehumidifying feature, but for the most part, you need to watch out for excess water.

    Wine refrigerators don't usually have ways to control humidity. Expensive models may have humidity control, but you have to add water (or a water line) to them.
  22. solid material right there.
  23. LuisQ

    LuisQ Aficionado (145) Florida Jan 9, 2013

    I understand, but maybe if I put it on the lowest setting, it'll cool slower since the air isn't as cold, therefore reaching my desired temp at a slower, more gradual pace-no overkill or getting into the mid-low 40s.
    I'm gonna set it to the middle setting and see the temp fluctuations with that. Its a frost-free freezer, but the humidity still stays around 60-70.
  24. searsclone

    searsclone Savant (325) Arizona Sep 7, 2006

    A freezer/refrigerator does not actually cool, it removes the heat. The temperature setting in the unit will not cause it to "cool slower", or actually, remove heat faster. The heat removal speed will be the same regardless of where you have the dial set. The Johnson controller just turns the power on or off according to it's own thermostat, so it won't change the "cooling" of the unit at all.
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  25. salzar

    salzar Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2008

    In addition to this, humiditiy control chambers for laboratories, are increadibly exspensive and prone to breaking down. I dont see good humidty control comming to a cellar unless its somthing you can walk into, or justify the $10k+ plus repairs

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