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Old 11-06-2012, 04:06 PM   #11
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Here's mine.

I don't think I'll be able to fit a corny and a commercial log but by the looks of it, 2 Corny's fit fine.

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I'll have to take a pic of it inside.

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:15 PM   #12
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Thanks! I have been looking all around. Made a mistake of buying a beverage fridge that was mistakenly sold on Living Direct/Compact Appliance as a kegerator (Edgestar Slim is a cheap Danby hole drilled drink holder) that said it would hold a brewing bucket which was said to be 13" wide and more than enough height and width for a 6.5 G carboy. When received it only had 9" total of ground clearance and no way to fit such a general carboy for lagering. I was furious. Major bummer experienced heavily and had to send it back.
My main reason for getting it to begin with was that it was a low profile next to my Beermeister (or so I thought) and it had the advantage of clear glass door so I could see the yeast at work.
Moral as it stands now: Awaiting a refund from that fiasco; beware of actual interior dimensions and false claims.
With all of the ideas about getting a freezer/ keezer setup and having to go through the most cost effective route of a temp controller and the prices of scratch and dent models/pairing up a sight unseen solution and the versatility/having to construct openings (getting what I paid for), not finding a great useable (mostly broken fridges/overpriced used kegerators that claimed to be refurbished) on Craigslist or eBay, I finally had to make a big wallet decision.
So, I bought another Beermeister. It had the temperature down to 32 degrees and has room for a carboy and a corny keg at the same time (or up to three corny kegs on its own). It worked great out of the box and I don't have to add the tap if I don't want to do so (yet). I admitted impatient defeat by $150 more (ouch, but didn't have to selll my blood) than the setups I was seeing/pricing out there.
Unfortunately, no company seems to be innovative enough to be going after marketing lagering fridges specifically for homebrewers at this time; there is obviously a market. It would be nice to remove the hump from these dorm fridges to give us all a more cost effective chance.
Alas, this is the only way I could fathom to get a tried and true temperature and fit: buying another Beermeister. Thanks for the advices and pictures.

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:42 PM   #13
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Did you have any issues cutting or drilling the top to install the tower?

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:55 PM   #14
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I havnt done that yet. I did drill a hole in the back for my co2 line. I will post more pics when i get my tower. As far as i know the power wires for the thermostat run through the top so be careful.

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Old 11-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #15
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Here's the inside of mine. I'm ordering the commercial to homebrew conversion so I can have SN celebration on tap between home brews

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did you have any issues cutting the whole in the top for the tower?

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Old 11-23-2012, 08:20 PM   #18
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did you have any issues cutting the whole in the top for the tower?
Not at all. The lines are in the side. I just drilled a 1/2" hole and ran the line through. Works fine for me. I will need to expand if I want 2 lines.
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Not at all. The lines are in the side. I just drilled a 1/2" hole and ran the line through. Works fine for me. I will need to expand if I want 2 lines.
Great thanks for the update, I am getting ready to take on this project with the same fridge.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #20
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Awesome job guys, glad I stumbled upon this thread as I just ordered the Igloo FR465. From what I understand it's identical to the FR464 but stainless.

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