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Old 08-18-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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I scored a Sanyo 4912 on craigslist for $90 to use for fermentation, and on the way home I mentioned to SWMBO that all I need is one more for a kegerator. She got really upset with me because our apartment is small, and my beer stuff is taking over.

I guess this raises a few questions:

Once the kegs are in the fridge, and being consumed, can I disconnect them for a few days to use the fridge for fermentation? I think this is the only way I can make this situation work in my limited space. I can be without draft beer for a few days at a time, but I don't want to harm the beer. Will this work? I have a temp controller already, and my plan was, to use the first fridge for fermentation and crash cooling.

I've been dealing with damage control all afternoon, and trying to diffuse the situation.

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Old 08-18-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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Well...this is the perfect time to ask yourself if this woman is really worth this hassle. If the answer is yes, you may need to keg later. I'd rather have the cool fermentation chamber than the beer on tap.

You could always knock her up...then you'd need to get a bigger place.

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You could always knock her up...then you'd need to get a bigger place.
I'll second that!
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I'll second that!
Ok guys, I appreciate the replies and she IS worth the hassle, but kids are out of the question for a fews years, so let's get back to the beer!
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It won't hurt to disconnect the kegs for a few days to use the fridge for fermentation. Then after fermentation has stopped you could condition outside of the fridge (assuming you have someplace that is not terribly warm). hook the kegs back up and unless they leak they'll still be carbed.

The only issue with this is that you will want to have really clear beer going into your kegs, I'd suggest a secondary, or use a keg as secondary and do a pressure transfer, with all the moving of your kegs you'll kick up sediment.

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I asked mine about getting a kegerator and there was a nasty look and she got upset.

Mine mentioned space requirements also. I have a two bedroom and the spare room has 5 bikes, 4 skateboards and lots of tools and spare bike parts... there is two computer desks in the apartment and we dont have a lot of room.

I'm going to collect the parts for my kegerator and then just get a fridge one day and let her deal with it.

Keep her happy by getting rid of stuff you don't need / use... thus freeing up room. Don't hit her up for getting it again till you've had time to clean up, let the dust settle and then just get it.

Option B is to buy her a nice pair of shoes and order the kegerator.

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This is exactly what happened to me! I scored a Sanyo 4912 on Craigslist for 80 bucks and two weeks later I find one for $50!! That crazy seller left me no choice but to buy it and deal with the consequences later. I tried to explain to her that I would only be plugging the second one in for fermentation only, forgot to mention that I still need to buy a temp controller. I figure I can stash it somewhere out of the way whenever its not being used to ferment.

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Eyes are bigger than the stomach eh?

I am not sure what stage you are at. So I take it you have been bottling? If that is the case, then get rid of all your bottle stock. You'll lose flexibility, but will gain space. Kegs take up much less space than bottles. Limit yourself to 2 in the fridge and then have 2 more for conditioning/storage. That way you only ever have 2 out. 2 fermentation vessels max...maybe look into just keeping 6 gallon BB, that way they can serve either fermentation or conditioning. How bad is temperature control in the apartment?

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I'm not so sure you can fit a carboy into a 4912, what with the compressor hump and everything...

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Best thing to do, is let her brew with you. SWMBO and I brew together, and it is really fun. She used to ony like wine and hard alcohol but I showed her the light.

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