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Old 05-30-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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just bought the GE GMR04AAMBB from a craigslist post. i have seen this version converted successfully into a keg fridge but can i use this to beat the summer heat and ferment in it? anyone have any advice on what i will need to achieve this dream of mine?

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Does your carboy fit in there?

If so, all you need is a temperature controller like the Johnson A419.

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I have a very similar fridge. Hooked up my Johnson A419 and set it to 62°. Pulled down the freezer portion and pushed it to the back (coolant lines run through it) and set the carboy inside. I do have a fan on order to help move the air around but so far I am able to maintain a nice 66° in the fermenting IPA.

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Does your carboy fit in there?

If so, all you need is a temperature controller like the Johnson A419.
not sure yet, i am going to attempt to bend the freezer today. should fit a bucket at least.
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You can take the door off and make a box insulated with the pink foam insulation. Make it so that the fridge fits in one end, and with the Johnson controller you have a fermentation chamber. You can make it large enough to hold a couple of fermenters.

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Does your carboy fit in there?

If so, all you need is a temperature controller like the Johnson A419.
yes, just bent the freezer and removed the molding on the door. its all set now. all i need now is a temp control system. also what did you do about putting the rubber that keeps the door shut back on? did you have to add anther piece to the door to keep it insulated and hold the magnetic rubber?
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yes, just bent the freezer and removed the molding on the door. its all set now. all i need now is a temp control system. also what did you do about putting the rubber that keeps the door shut back on? did you have to add anther piece to the door to keep it insulated and hold the magnetic rubber?
I'm not sure exactly what you mean. I don't have this fridge. You definitely need to have the rubber door guard between the door and the frame in place. Without seeing it, I'm not sure what the best approach would be.
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I'm not sure exactly what you mean. I don't have this fridge. You definitely need to have the rubber door guard between the door and the frame in place. Without seeing it, I'm not sure what the best approach would be.
thanks a bunch. ive got it figured out now. amazing what spending hours searching the internet for answers will do.
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now i need to add a temperature control mechanism to my mini fridge. anyone have any success with this brand of mini fridge? how did you do it? what kind of thermostat did you use? any help or pics would be great. thanks again.

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now i need to add a temperature control mechanism to my mini fridge. anyone have any success with this brand of mini fridge? how did you do it? what kind of thermostat did you use? any help or pics would be great. thanks again.
The Johnson A419 has been recommended twice so far. Is there any reason that isn't what you're looking for? For temp controllers like this, a fridge is a fridge. Brand, etc., don't really matter.
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