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  • Quite possibly the best storage method for cuttings

    So i thought i would like to share where i plan on storing my cuttings till i begin rooting them in mid winter. Hopefully this gives others some ideas of the options for storage, not sure i have seen this mentioned prior.

    This is a chest freezer that i converted into a keezer (keg freezer) about 2 years ago for my home brewing activities. This allows me to store my cuttings at a cool 42-44 degrees without taking up precious fridge space that my wife is not going to appreciate. I built the chest freezer with a temperature controller that will cycle the chest freezer on/off with a few degree swing. There are currently 2 kegs in the freezer, i have it setup for 3 kegs but haven't brewed in months so i don't have the 3rd keg filled with beer, so i have more room for cuttings.

    I was thinking about using an air tight container to hold the cuttings as humidity becomes an issue due to the collar i built allowing air to escape in. I also use damprid inside the keezer to try and absorb humidity.
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    Nice kegerator. I'm keeping my cuttings in my kegerator as well. I went with a two tower, four tap system... I almost put a collar on mine, but I decided to take the risk and drill the holes through the lid.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by JohnnyK View Post
      Nice kegerator. I'm keeping my cuttings in my kegerator as well. I went with a two tower, four tap system... I almost put a collar on mine, but I decided to take the risk and drill the holes through the lid.

      Nice Johnny! I initially wanted to do the same setup you have, towers on top. I only went the collar route due to lifting the lid for access and i know cooling the tower is a little more difficult.

      Glad to hear someone else uses it for cuttings

      Whats on tap?
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      • JohnnyK
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        The only two I have on tap right now is an American Brown ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout. Both recipes came from the "Brewing Classic Styles" book. My brewing sessions have been few and far in between lately... I've been too busy out in the garden over the past couple of months. Now that the cold is coming, it's time to bust out the mash tun.

    • #4
      There are some whom have a full size upright refrigerator purchased solely for the purpose of storing cuttings.
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      • #5
        Originally posted by COGardener View Post
        There are some whom have a full size upright refrigerator purchased solely for the purpose of storing cuttings.

        Those are the people i want to make friends with and let them have full access to my kegs
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        • COGardener
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          Indeed!!!!

      • #6
        That is how I store my cuttings. Without the beer
        Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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        • COGardener
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          That's why we all want to roll with you Will!!!

      • #7
        I love those external thermostats......Plug the freezer in to the external, plug external thermostat cord in to the wall set the temp you want digitally, drop the temp probe in to the chest freezer and done. Small chest freezers make EXCELLENT coolers. We use one for our water and beer also set at 34 degrees. MUCH colder than you would have your refrigerator set at but sure makes for nice frosty beer. As a side benefit they use so much less electricity than a refrigerator because when you open a fridge door the cold rolls out, chest freezers that does not happen. So I have one for my cuttings cooler, one for the beverage cooler and two for the propagation room, one controls the fan and evaporative cooler to turn on and one for the heater. This is the one I use. http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Contro...nal+thermostat
        Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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        • BrooklynMatty
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          Yea, it is alot more efficient. The only thing you need to be careful is the compressor going on and off so much which can cause it to have a shortened lifespan. I actually built my thermostat homemade with an aquarium thermostat and outlet, i can actually use it to cool or heat if i ever need to repurpose for warming in the winter months. I used this tutorial.
          http://www.onemansbeer.com/keezer-bu...re-controller/
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