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Old 01-28-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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So just got my fridge that I will be converting to a kegerator soon and I have the temp controller turned almost to the off position and my thermometer is reading about 36F. I'm worried about the temp dropping too low and freezing my lines and also about not being able to o much warmer to serve certain styles at temp. I know I can always let the beer sit for a few min. To warm in the glass, but it's not ideal. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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Is it the stock thermostat in the fridge or are you using an external one?

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Is it the stock thermostat in the fridge or are you using an external one?
This is pretty much what I was wondering. The stock thermostat on my Danby kegerator sucks the big one. If I set it at 40 it would usually drop to 36 or go up to 42-43. I didn't mind the warmer end, but I don't like ice cold beer unless it's pilsner.

Get an external thermostat and you'll be much happier.

By the way...beer doesn't freeze until 28F I believe. The water probably seperates and freezes at 32 though. 36 isn't going to freeze it, but I understand where you're coming from wanting a warmer beer.
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This is pretty much what I was wondering. The stock thermostat on my Danby kegerator sucks the big one. If I set it at 40 it would usually drop to 36 or go up to 42-43. I didn't mind the warmer end, but I don't like ice cold beer unless it's pilsner.

Get an external thermostat and you'll be much happier.

By the way...beer doesn't freeze until 28F I believe. The water probably seperates and freezes at 32 though. 36 isn't going to freeze it, but I understand where you're coming from wanting a warmer beer.
The commercial Vissani kegerator that I bought has been very good in that regard . I had to adjust a little screw on the thermostat to get it to go lower but it now holds a steady 40°
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Yeah it's the stock thermostat and on the lowest setting it's still too cold. Any recommendations on external thermostats? I'm kind short on money at the moment. Also is it just a straight hookup, meaning do I disconnect the existing control knob and connect those wires to the external thermostat??

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You can go with a ranco/Johnson/Love. These are teh most popular around here. THere are other options of course.

Basically you need the following
Needs to be in the temp range you're looking for
Needs to be powered by 110-120VAC
Needs to be able to hand 16 or more Amps at 110-120VAC on the output.

Analog is cheaper, Digital is easier to set to a certain Degree.

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http://www.climatedoctors.com/items/...?itemid=429705

will this work ok? any instructions on wiring? How easy it to wire this thing?
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It also depends on where you're reading your temp. The walls with coils in them will be colder than beer would be. You can put a bottle of water in there overnight then check the temp of the liquid.

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get a temp controller like a Ronco ETC and use that to control the on/off of the fridge.

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It also depends on where you're reading your temp. The walls with coils in them will be colder than beer would be. You can put a bottle of water in there overnight then check the temp of the liquid.
Yep did that and that's where my temp is sitting, it's a mini frige with a freezer that I removed.
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