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Old 05-16-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default Computer Fan In Kegerator (not for tower)?

So I have noticed that the plate at the back of my kegerator ices up (and is -3° F), but the beer in the keg is closer to 44°. Obviously, this is not optimal in the least, and is probably why my beer hasn't been carbing fully.

I did a search, but all I could find was posts about using fans to cool the tower. Has anyone had any experience using fans or something of the like to circulate air within the fridge?

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Old 05-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Subscribing because I've been contemplating the same thing.

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I think most people blow the warmer air from the top down toward the cooler air in the bottom of the kegerator.

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That could make sense...I'd assume any air blowing anywhere within the kegerator would get air moving around since it's such a small space.

It seems like the biggest issue for me is that it's cool at the back and warmer near the front. I may end up making a system that both circulates the air *and* cools the tower and post up what I end up doing.

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That could make sense...I'd assume any air blowing anywhere within the kegerator would get air moving around since it's such a small space.

It seems like the biggest issue for me is that it's cool at the back and warmer near the front. I may end up making a system that both circulates the air *and* cools the tower and post up what I end up doing.
You could use multiple fans that kick on when the compressor kicks on and have them blowing in multiple directions.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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I have a computer fan taped to a piece of PVC pipe. I drilled holes on one end and put that end in the bottom of my keezer. The fan is taped to the top end. I have the air circulating from the bottom to the top.

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I use a bilge fan to blow the air from the bottom up into my coffin box (it's a keezer rather than a kegerator). The advantage to this type of fan is that it's designed to run in a damper environment than a PC fan. Also it's a lot more powerful and therefore better able to push the air.
I use an Atwood 4" Quiet blower. The only challenge was that it requires a 12 volt 3 amp DC Power source. If you've got a rudimentary knowledge of electronics all you need to do is wire it up to a stepdown transformer from Radioshack (110v to 12v 3A) then added 4 diodes to convert it to DC power. It runs like a champ and keeps my coffin box cold.

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Bridge rectifier! I teach this stuff daily.

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Bridge rectifier! I teach this stuff daily.
I didn't know that's what it was called but looking at a wiring diagram for one that sure is what it is.
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thanks a ton for the input. I'm absolutely going to check out that route!

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