Originally Posted by Sam75
So what's your new username going to be?
I'll keep my name. I'll always be a landsailor at heart. The guy I sold it to lives in Vegas and said I could go out there any time and sail with him. I'll keep it in mind. In the meantime, brewing goes on.......
The first snag in the otherwise seamless fridge project has reared it's ugly head. I never thought to check the height of the fridge compartment. It was bigger, so surely it was as tall or taller than the current one, right? WRONG! There's less than an inch of clearance between the top of the keg and the ceiling. That won't do, especially with 6 kegs. Trying to reach the back kegs to disconnect anything is impossible with this little space at the top. Plus, I need space to mount the gas distribution manifold. Pin lock kegs are a bit shorter, but they are also bigger around which prevents 6 from fitting inside the space.
So, I tear out the shelves, including the bottom drawers which I was hoping to keep in tact, and see what can be done. Removing the drawers yields about 8 inches of vertical space, but just like most refrigs, there is a slope from the very bottom of the compartment under the bottom drawers that takes up about 1/3 of the depth and slopes up toward the back. The good news here is that removing the bottom shelf frees up at least an inch of vertical space in the very back, and I think I can stack the front row of kegs on the very bottom and the back row right above the slope. This gives a two tier configuration with enough vertical space to access the connectors on all the kegs and enough vertical space to mount the gas manifolds just above the front row of kegs. Not what I originally planned, but workable.
A picture says a thousand words, and I'll take those soon to show everyone what I have to work with. I just have to excercise my carpentry skills to build a new base for the interior to hold the kegs vertically where I need them. The bottom drawers would have made a great storage bin for other stuff, but the beer is more important, so the drawers must go. I still have all the shelves on the inside of the door.
So, despite the small set back, we are still a go for the project. I've put together the materials list and will begin ordering parts shortly. The conversion begins......