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Old 02-17-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Okay guys...my Sanyo 4912 is half way there

Check out the pics click here. When the window opens, click on the "slide show" button. You can slow the timing down if necessary. Maximize your browser for the best pics.

I was amazed how easy this phase was. Next week I will get to building the tower but for now...my Sanyo is gassed and ready to go.

By the way...KEGGING IS AWESOME. I have a Sweet Porter that was in the secondary less than 24 hours ago and after chilling (in my Sanyo) over night and force carbing this AM...by lunch time today it was a perfect pour. I can swear this beer actually cascaded like a stout when I poured it.


Oh yes, the beer Gods are smiling on me today.

PS -Samplng a 6.3% Porter at 11:49AM...priceless.

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Old 02-17-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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Yep...best $149 I ever spent. I'd give anything if these things held 3 cornys.

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I thought at one time I read that you can fit a 3rd one in there, but it has to be the small 2.5 gallon size, but I sure would love it if someone can verify that before I build/buy a tower.
KALVINEDDIE: are you doing a PVC homemade tower, or buying parts. Also, if you can share your list for parts and suppliers, it'd be a huge help for me, I'm in midst of same project (just bought 4912 fridge today).

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I thought at one time I read that you can fit a 3rd one in there, but it has to be the small 2.5 gallon size, but I sure would love it if someone can verify that before I build/buy a tower.
KALVINEDDIE: are you doing a PVC homemade tower, or buying parts. Also, if you can share your list for parts and suppliers, it'd be a huge help for me, I'm in midst of same project (just bought 4912 fridge today).
Lou,

I save a penny ever chance I can so it's off to Lowes tomorrow for some PVC...etc.

Jester's post click here (scroll to the pics at the bottom) was my inspiration. I'll do some sort of version of the T-tower or perhaps two single towers. I'm not sure, but the PVC is so cheap I can dry fit a model and decide then.

PS - There is no room for another keg that I can see...regardless of the size.

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Your slide show is awesome!
Yeah, when I thought about the $270 it takes to do it up "right" with nice stainless tower, two perlick faucettes, and nice stainless drip tray, I second guessed my decision to do this 4912 vs. the $500 kegerator that's ready to go. On the other hand, I like NICE stuff. I'm worried a bit about doing the PVC tower for now and then later having some ugly screw holes in the top of the fridge that don't match up with a purchased stainless tower.
I like Jester's setup, but I won't even think about a plastic "T" setup for just 2 faucettes, especially with 10 and 14 year old boys, it's just damage waiting to happen...
About to plug in the fridge and do temp checks to be sure there's no defect or problem before I start drilling & stuff.

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By the way, here's a link for the installing of a poly sheet in place of the shelves inside the door: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=24249
There's also a link in this forum explaining the removal of the door liner, if you haven't seen it -- I noticed you still have the door liner in your fridge. With it removed there MIGHT be room for another (small) keg...

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So you're just using the basic "party" tap right away then, right? Real nice setup, and great pics!

I know most people build towers on these... but is there any known issues with installing shanks and faucets thru the doors like you see on larger refrigerators? It probably wouldn't be practical unless the 4912 was on a shelf or something, but I'm curious if there are any issues with a setup like that?

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Had one other thought...

What issues, if any, are there with the holes you drilled not being airtight. Do you lose much cooling out the holes and/or does it run all the time? Would it be practical and worth one's time to find a couple grommets to snug the holes up some?

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Door's ok to put tap through, but would be low (dog or toddler height) and inconvenient unless the entire fridge is on top of a counter.
I'd do grommets if I cut holes into keg.
Right now I'm looking for a setup to mount/hide the CO2 tank outside of the kegerator, since mine is going to be in a corner of our dining room & I want it to look decent.
Not wanting to put CO2 tank inside the fridge since I just found out that I can fit a 3rd keg (2.5 gal) into the fridge if I remove the door liner and it's shelves.
Anyone have any links showing clean mounting/hiding setups for 5 gal C02 tank & dual reg with the 4912 (or other) kegerators?

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Had one other thought...

What issues, if any, are there with the holes you drilled not being airtight. Do you lose much cooling out the holes and/or does it run all the time? Would it be practical and worth one's time to find a couple grommets to snug the holes up some?
I use a 3/8" auger drill bit which is too small...but was able to kind of rotate the drill around and around to widen it enough. It is a nice snug fit and required a slight push on one side while pulling on the other. I satisfied that the fitting is air tight.

I don't know that I'll remove the inner door just yet. It is handy for storing yeast...etc.
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