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I have taps mounted in a chest freezer, connected to an inkbird temp controller.

If I were to temporarily repurpose this as a fermenting environment, would any ready-to-drink kegs inside it (which would obv need to be removed and sit at room temp for that period) be negatively affected? i.e. a half-drunk keg, disconnected and sitting at room temp for a week or so, then put back in the fridge - is that okay?
 

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In the current climate we are experiencing bduza it won't hurt at all if you put them out in the shed, just to keep the temperature down.
 

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Gotcha, but come summer I will need a plan B, which is pretty much when I will need to ferment in some form of cooler the most.
 

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So a few options for the coming summer. A fridge for fermentation chamber, chest freezers are not good for lifting into/out of, unless you are pushing beer around with a pump or CO2. To use less power keep the ale brewing to warmer months and pils etc. in the colder months. I generally try not to brew in Jan-Feb as it's hard on my fermenting fridge.
 

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The current freezer with taps was given to me.
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In a moment of brilliance, I stupidly didn't even notice it is a freezer, and yesterday hooked up a full keg and turned it on.

The keg came full with everything else. The guy said it was ok to drink but that was a while ago so l was expecting it to be buggered. However, I was just trying to learn how it all goes together, do the lines leak, did I reassemble the taps correctly etc.

A really nice smelling, but flat, dark ale came out, so I figured what the hell? I left the gas at 15psi, and turned on what I was still assuming was a fridge.

This morning everything was frozen and I felt like an idiot... but it does give me options. My wife is fine with this hobby but doesn't want that thing in the house unless I build a nice looking timber surround for it. Which is fair enough because it is ugly.

So rather than buying an old fridge for fermentation, I can buy a fridge, move the taps across, and use this freezer for fermentation. Lifting in and out isn't ideal I know, but I can always hook up a pulley if I need it.
 

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Keep it for kegs. Adjust the temp on the ink bird to 4 degrees, fix the ink bird sensor to the side of a keg and cover with something like sponge and then some heavy duty tape. DON'T let the kegs touch the walls in the freezer, that's how they get frozen.
 

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Yeah I've set the inkbird up like that, and it'll just have to stay in the shed for now. I don't have to decide soon anyway.
 
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