I have both and ferment in the fridge and serve out of the freezer with a collar and taps. To me it is easier to get two carboys in and out of the fridge and damn near impossible with the freezer. It is fairly easy to get corny kegs in and out of the freezer.
I also have a small 2nd chest freezer that I ferment lagers using a Sanke keg for the fermentation vessel (10gallon batches). There I use an engine hoist to get the keg in and out.
What do you use to heat the ferm fridge? Is a lightbulb enough?
I just scored a used whirlpool fridge, for free. I think that I am going to drill the fridge and move my faucets to it, and ferment in my chest freezer. The freezer is a 7.2 cu. ft. model. I have a collar on it already and I have wood on hand to make another. Seems to me, I would rather have the controller on the ferm chamber and just dial in the temps on the serving fridge over time,i.e. get temp readings and settings documented for future use.
I can lager in basement over winter, no problem. The challenge is what to use to heat the sucker to 65-70+
Any ideas? I like the homemade approach. I am handy, and cheap! That kinda sounds like I'm a dirty groper! HA!
Cheers All! Have a GREAT weekend!