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buzzbromp 07-01-2012 01:43 AM

Kegerator temperature fluctuations
I had previously purchased a rebuilt fridge and converted it to a kegerator. The temperature fluctuated between 20 and 55 degrees. I wasnt sure how long it was staying around 20 so I continued to use the fridge. Then my kegged pale ale froze. I just got rid of that fridge and purchased a cheap new one. Annoyingly the min/max thermometer has it between 21 and 44. Do I need to purchase a temp controller? I had a small kegerator awhile ago and never monitored the temp and my beer never froze.

Anyone have experience with this or suggestions?

MalFet 07-01-2012 01:49 AM

Most cheap fridges have a fair bit of swing to them, though 21 to 44 is more than I'd expect. If you are getting that much variation, you might indeed need a temp controller to make that fridge work.

brewn00b4 07-01-2012 02:05 AM

My fridge didn't have much control either. I picked up this bad boy http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Contro...t+Control+Unit

I set my fridge's themostat to it's lowest setting, then plugged this thing in. Exact temperature controls, and the device has nice settings.

ShinyBuddha 07-01-2012 02:11 AM

+1 to a temperature controller. Should be a great investment to keep your other investment from freezing.

buzzbromp 07-01-2012 05:55 PM

Looks like I'll be going out to purchase a temp controller. Thanks!

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