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Old 08-12-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Sanyo 4.9 Cubic Feet Fridge Questions - Kegs

I see Best Buy has a Sanyo 4.9 cu. ft. refrigerator (SR-4912m) for sale this week. I remember reading here that some people use this for their kegs.

I'm wondering what exactly you can fit in there. How many kegs with/without your CO2 canister work?

Has anyone converted this fridge to a kegerator? How easy/effective is it?

I'm seriously considering picking this up tomorrow. I have a gift card and it's on sale for $170.

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So I did a google search on this very fridge and guess what.. google brought me to a forum posting about my fridge from a year ago. It seems the Sanyo SR-4912M on sale now at Best Buy will accomodate two corny kegs and a CO2 canister in the fridge. It easily converts into a kegerator as well.

I'm going to be using it as is for a while (until my wife gets over the hundreds of dollars I've invested into my hobby already.)

If I want to go cheap. Can I have two different kegs, a cobra tap, and just switch the CO2 line and cobra tap to whatever keg I want to drink from at the moment?
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Old 08-12-2006, 06:14 PM   #3
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yes. That setup will work in to despense beer with the minor inconvienece you noted.

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Very cool! Thanks! It looks like I'm set up and good to go!

I'm sure it will become more of an inconvenience after I've been drinking the homebrew for several hours and have to close on eye to find the right tube.

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I have the sanyo 4912 and have converted it to a kegerator. Its great! It was very easy and there are quite a few places on the net that show ya how to do it. Yes, it fits 2 5 gal cornies and a 5 lb CO2 tank.... but its a tight fit. I also started with just a cobra tap but that didn't last long as I hated opening the door and letting out all the cold air. you'll be very happy with it I'm sure.

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I converted a 4912 as well, I love it. I fit 2 cornies and a 10 lb. CO2 tank. I put a tower on it and that was a really easy build, there's lots of good sites on the internet on how to do it as well as some threads on this forum. With the CO2, I recently found out (the hard way) that there is 2 sizes of 10 lb. tanks. One is shorter and fatter and will fit if you build a little support for it. The other is taller and thinner and does NOT fit. My CO2 sits between the kegs and all the way back against the cooling plate. Its a very minor inconventince to get to as you have to take out a keg, but not bad at all.

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Being in a small apt and owning next to no tools, I just bought a kegerator a few months ago, Its based off a sanyo..
Here is the link
http://www.beveragefactory.com/refri...bc1206-2.shtml

I love it, kind of wish it was bigger already!

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For your viewing pleasure:

My kegerator with dual taps


Kegerator open to show two cornies and CO2 canister tucked behind



I love this compact setup, but I must admit, adjusting the regs can be a pain when you're not in the mood for it. Some people use the drain hole in the back to run the CO2 line in and store the bottle outside the unit, but I like the neatness of having it self contained.

Here's a website that shows you how to add the tap tower:
How To Drill Your Brand New Fridge



Here's a thread that might help as well:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=10307

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Thank you very much for all the info. This will make converting mine so much easier!

I notice in the pictures the guy fit his CO2 into the fridge door. That looks like the way to go for quick access.

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I wouldn't count on fitting the CO2 in the door unless you have a funny one like the guy in the picture. I have a standard tank and there was no way to get it in the door and get the door closed. Then I went and added another regulator and sealed my fate.

It's really not bad unless you like to play around with your reg settings alot. Even then, you just lean one keg out a little to adjust them.

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