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Old 01-14-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default Best Kegerator Mini-Fridge?

From my research, the Sanyo4912 seemed to be the decisive mini-fridge to use to convert to a kegerator.

So, since the Sanyo 4912 seemingly isnt made anymore, whats the top model these days?

I'm looking to put 3 kegs inside (4 would be nice), and preferably have my co2 tank outside the kegerator.

Thoughts?

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Old 01-14-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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You won't be able to fit 3-4 kegs (5-gal) in any standard mini fridge. I believe to do that you would need to modify a store-brand kegerator. Most mini-fridges can fit 2 very tightly. My guess is you should look into a 5-7cf chest freezer if that is what you want.

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Old 01-14-2010, 02:41 PM   #3
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You could not have done 3 in the sanyo, unless one was a 3 gallon.

For 3 or 4 kegs, look for an actual kegerator. They will hold 2-4 cornies depending on the location of the compressor.

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Old 01-14-2010, 02:43 PM   #4
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Actual Kegerator... hummm... so I'm back to the $6-800 price range.

Chest freezer seems logical, but building the collar is something I just can't do in my small apartment.

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Either that or building 2 mini-fridge kegerators each to hold 2 kegs. It seems a little silly at first. But you can do both off the same co2 tank with a carefully placed hole in the back. So only additional cost is energy and cost of second minifridge. But this is what I plan on doing for a few reasons.

- I move almost yearly. Easier to move then a chest freezer especially if I move to a 2nd+floor apt.
- Don't feel like building and making a collar pretty enough to sit next to my TV.
- I like the idea of the front opening for the kegs so I don't have to lift them. I can barely move a full one from room to room.
- I want a tower instead of side taps.
- I can start with just 2 taps and grow from there as I get more $$.

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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i dont know about where you live, but the frys store around here still has 4912's

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If I were you, I would do a 7cf chest freezer. It will cost less than 2 mini fridges, use a ton less energy than two mini fridges, and can hold 5 kegs if you build a large collar, 4 without.

If you are fashion conscious like the guy above me, get a black one and drill two towers through the lid. Would look better than two mini-fridges IMO.

Also, just build the collar outside your apartment if you want one. Just need a drill, I had home depot cut all the pieces of wood for me in store.

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Only issue I have is building the collar.

I'm thinking it's going to be complex to make a collar in my small apartment-let alone one that looks decent.

Plus, I'm a fan of the top mount as opposed to the side mount... but.. I guess that's not a huge difference...

I definitely like the idea of the chest freezer however, for less electricity usage, better temps, and other uses.

Does a chest freezer necessitate a temp controller? I'd think so..

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Does a chest freezer necessitate a temp controller? I'd think so..
Yes, and see my comments above about a collar. You can also just not have one...
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:44 PM   #10
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I wonder if I can bang out a temp controller and a collar in a day?

Hummm.. so a collar isn't necessary for corneys to fit in the chest freezer... just pretty much if you want to shank it you need it? I was under the impression that the collar was for the corneys to fit... wouldn't be the first time I'm wrong.

How much of a bitch is it to get a temp controller installed... also... whats a good one? Ranco seems to be the way to go from a quick search...

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