Fermentation and Serving


Here are some pictures of my homebrew fermentation and serving setup. The majority of my homebrewing appliances are in the garage, and an additional kegorator is in the house.


Here is a picture of the corner of the garage where the appliances reside.



Keep in mind I still park two cars in the garage all the time except when I back them out to brew.




For fermentation I use a converted upright freezer on a Ranco electronic thermostat with removable shelves (on the right in the picture below). For cold storage and lagering I use an old fridge with the shelving removed. The fridge can hold two 5-gallon kegs with the shelving removed, one 6.5-gallon fermenter, or two 5-gallon fermenters. I paid $65 for the fridge and $35 for the freezer.



Below is a picture of the inside of the fermentation freezer. I removed the shelves and build a new shelf of wood. When I first set it up it was being used for serving, and it would hold eight 5-gallon kegs and two 3-gallon kegs, but it was a real pain to switch out kegs and hoses.



Here is an inside view of the lagering fridge. I had just removed two beers that had been lagering for a couple of months, so the shelves had not been put back in.






For serving I use an 8 long bottle cooler I got when a bar went out of business for about $200. It does not need an exterior temp controller, and can keep any temp from about 65F to below freezing.



It will hold a maximum of sixteen 5-gallon kegs plus bottles on the shelf above the compressor. It weighs over 400 lb, and began life as a Pepsi cooler. I have the capability of 4 different pressures inside the cooler for carbonating and/or dispensing. In this picture there are 12 kegs in the bottle cooler, and 2 cases of wine.




Inside the house I have a kegorator that will hold 2 kegs, a 5 lb CO2 tank, and about 2 cases of beer.




I tend to make beers that will keep for a decent period of time, and I like to keep 8-10 different beers tapped at any given time. If I were to convert the fermentation area back to a serving kegorator I would have a total capacity of twenty-six 5-gallon kegs, and two 3-gallon kegs.