What size freezer should I get for a keezer conversion?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by Jesse14, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (149) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I want to buy a freezer and eventually convert it over to a keezer. However, I also want enough room in it to keep some of my bottles that I have been cellaring. Just trying to maximize the space. Is it worth trying to find a freezer that can satisfy both those needs or just get one tailored for the kegs.

    In a perfect world, I would like to have a freezer for kegs, one for cellaring beer, and one for fermentation. I don't have the space or money for that though. Any recommendations on sizes or ways to maximize one or two freezers for all those uses?
  2. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    How many kegs do you want to rock?

    You won't want to double up on the tasks of cellaring and fermenting. Too much fluctuation of temp.

    Edit, I think it would be fine to cellar some of your beers alongside your kegs in your keezer. You'll want a secondary fridge or another small freezer to do your fermenting. Take note that it's a lot easier to lift a fermenter out of a fridge than a freezer. :slight_smile:
  3. billandsuz

    billandsuz Disciple (300) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    how big a freezer? that depends on how many kegs you want.
    keep in mind that lifting a half barrel into a chest freezer is not very easy. a keezer is much better suited to sixtels or homebrew corny kegs.

    Micromatic has all keg dimensions. you can make a cardboard cutout of the diameter of the keg and bring those to the appliance store. it will give you a good idea of what fits. there are alot of photos and dimensions online as well. spend some time searching and youll find many chest freezer conversions with dimensions.

    cellaring and draft beer don't mix well. the temps are quite different. and you will not really enjoy moving around steel kegs and 10 year old RIS. it only takes one careless move and you can lose alot of glass.
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  4. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (149) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I guess I would be looking at a keezer for 2-3 corny kegs. Would that be a 5.0 cu.ft?
    What about a fermentation upright freezer/frige? What's the smallest I could go? Just big enough for a carboy?
  5. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Probably works for 2, I'm guessing not for 3.

    I have a 7.0 cu.ft. chest freezer. I carefully measured all the dimensions and did a bunch of geometry, designed and built a collar and was sure I could fit 4 kegs in there. And I can. But, I can't serve 4 kegs. Why? Because I forgot to include the height of the quick-connects and once I hook up the keg that sits on the shelf, the lid won't actually close. I'm thinking about picking up a 3-gal keg to use in that spot, and I can still lager / store a keg there, but I definitely kick myself about messing that up :slight_frown:
  6. PJHealy

    PJHealy Initiate (21) Jun 14, 2012 Ohio

    Build a collar for the freezer to gain more height and to give you an easy place to drill holes for tubing to go in and out. Pretty easy project, and instructions can be found online (try the homebrewtalk forums if not here).
  7. humalupa

    humalupa Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2010 Michigan

    Decide on the perfect size. Then go out and buy something bigger. Eventually, you'll want that extra space. To serve more beers, ferment a lager, store some bottles, etc... It's nice if you can fit the CO2 tank and regulator in there as well, although it can also live on the outside.
  8. jbair

    jbair Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 Colorado

    I used a 5 cubic foot Freezer for mine and really like it because it doesn't take up to much space in my apartment. It fit's 2 five gallon Soda kegs, and a 2.5 or 3 gallon, plus the CO2 tank. I actually didn't really like the the 2.5 gal keg I got, if you do it I would recommend the old fashioned soda keg style ones. So I usually use 2 five gallon kegs and put some bottled beers in it as well. I don't use it for lagering beer either. Here is a video of what I did
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