What kind of Cellar/fridge/wine chiller do you use?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by JPick, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. JPick

    JPick Initiate (126) Sep 7, 2013 Missouri
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    So my very small, very old wine chiller that I was using for my big stouts crapped out this week. That being the case, I'm looking at potentially buying a new one. Anyone have a fridge/chiller that they particularly love? Thanks in advance!
  2. BigIslandfarmer

    BigIslandfarmer Disciple (322) Sep 30, 2016 Minnesota

    IMO a chest freezer with a temp controller is they way to go.
  3. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Disciple (372) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    If I had the room, I'd like this idea a lot.
  4. the_ceeeeg

    the_ceeeeg Initiate (132) May 10, 2016 Illinois
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  5. the_ceeeeg

    the_ceeeeg Initiate (132) May 10, 2016 Illinois
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    I've been using it for a little over a year now and haven't had any complaints besides wishing it had more storage room. I've got a good amount of storage but its filled completely.
  6. kylenabilcy

    kylenabilcy Initiate (147) Aug 10, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I've got a Frigidaire Beverage Center similar to this one, and I like its capacity. I'm not super crazy about how the compressor hasn't really pulled enough moisture out of the interior; I've gotten a little mildew here and there. I think this might be a defect with my specific fridge, though, as I haven't seen any substantial negative reviews speaking to the same issue.
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  7. skeevn

    skeevn Initiate (127) Sep 25, 2016 Belgium
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    2x liebherr wkt 6451 ( GRANDCRU )
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  8. MrDell

    MrDell Disciple (370) Nov 20, 2014 Switzerland
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    Good choice.

    I also have 2 Liebherr - a WK4176 Grand Cru and a WT4212 Vinotek.

    Im really pleased with them. They are both fairly full at the moment (have around 415 bottles, mix of 330 & 750s)
  9. FonyBones

    FonyBones Initiate (22) Dec 19, 2015 New York

    I've had the Wine Enthusiast silent 28 Bottle wine refrigerator for about a year and am happy with it. Keep both wine and beer in it. Worth noting that it only chills to about 20 degrees below room temperature and requires about 4 inches of clearance to operate efficiently.
  10. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (199) May 7, 2017 Utah
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  11. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (199) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    I have a unit similar to that :


    I use it for overflow when my fridge is full...I'm fairly disappointed in it. I too get condensation and the temp controller doesn't work for crap. Its suppose to have range from 42 f - 57 f. But adjusting the control does nothing.
  12. Lazhal

    Lazhal Disciple (364) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    Some things to keep in mind when purchasing a fridge:
    1. Most beers DO NOT age well. Keeping beer cold, rather than in a box in a basement in the summer is a much better investment in this long term hobby.
    2. Is something going to go on top of the mini-fridge? If not, get a full size fridge as the space is otherwise wasted.
    3. Most beers DO NOT age well.
    4. Full size fridges can fit 4x-8x times the capacity of a mini-fridge.
    5. Chest freezers do not lend themselves well to looking/admiring beer. It is difficult to tell many bottles by their caps alone. Really annoying, especially when hovering over it trying to decide what to grab!
    6. Have I mentioned most beers DO NOT age well!
    7. Remember, this is an expensive hobby. Don't let your $ sit in a box in the basement during a Missouri summer!
  13. BigIslandfarmer

    BigIslandfarmer Disciple (322) Sep 30, 2016 Minnesota

    I have my bottles in boxes that I numbered and use a site that lets me keep track of what box they are in. Never had a problem knowing exactly where the beer I want to drink is... I am very happy with my $200 chest freezer/temp controller combo.
  14. Lazhal

    Lazhal Disciple (364) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    So your saying, you can
    • Number all the bottles
    • Make a spreadsheet
    • Write down the location of every bottle in spreadsheet
    • Refer to said spreadsheet
    • Open door
    • Drool
    • Pick bottle
    I think I'll stick with the full size fridge, but hey, whatever works right! I'm just here to offer the OP my opinion.
  15. BigIslandfarmer

    BigIslandfarmer Disciple (322) Sep 30, 2016 Minnesota

    $200 vs $400-$600+... plus all that opening and drooling exposes the bottles to light & temperature changes.
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  16. BeerGlassesCollector

    BeerGlassesCollector Devotee (469) Nov 11, 2002 Cyprus
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    I use the Midea double zone wine fridge. I removed the bottom shelves to be able to store aging beers upright. I use the top shelves to store the short-term-life beers. It has temperature control in both zones and keeps humidity between 40%-60%. The front glass door is filtered to protect from light. I am very pleased with it.



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