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Old 10-25-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Well, I'm sick to death of swapping out frozen water bottles, so that means it's time to annoy SWMBO with another beer project.

I had an old dorm fridge that I used to use for beer bottles and a bunch of left over 2x4's from a previous project. My plan is to put some sort of table/counter top on it and use it for racking and general beer work instead of the kitchen, where there's just not enough room.

I've still got to pick up some foam insulation for the interior and order a temp controller. I also have to come up with some kind of counter top for it too. But now that all the cutting and nailing is done, I can move it out of the garage and into the house where it's supposed to be.











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Old 10-27-2009, 05:17 PM   #2
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Awesome project to get past SWMBO - congrats. What's the recommended temp controller?

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Old 10-27-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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I like RANCO. I got mine unwired for I think 40-50 dollars new. if you need the link I'll look it up when I get home

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Old 10-27-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
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little late to ask now...but why no insulation??

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I'm planning on ordering a Ranco in the next few weeks and wiring it myself.

There's no insulation because I haven't made it to Home Depot to pick any up yet. My goal at the moment was to get everything built so I could get it into the house and out of the garage. SWMBO was tired of parking outside

I also want to come up with some sort of table top or counter for it. My whole goal was to do this as cheaply as possible. So far it's cost me a couple of boxes of wood screws and a sheet of ply. So if I can come up with a piece of used counter that my father-in-law has pulled out of a house, all the better. I'd rather not go down and drop $40 at HD. Plywood is always an option, but since it's going in the house and not the garage I'd like to keep things looking as nice as possible.

I'll put up more pics once I get some insulation.

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What are your dimensions on this? I'm thinking about doing something similar, but need to see how much room it will take up.

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What are your dimensions on this? I'm thinking about doing something similar, but need to see how much room it will take up.
Off the top of my head, something like 41 inches long x 22 wide x 37 high. I'd have to measure when I get home, but that's in the ball park. Basically, the width of two carboy's side by side plus the width of the fridge plus a few extra inches for for insulation.
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At that point I wonder if it is cheaper and more economical (energy wise) to get a used 15.0 CF chest freezer and temp control it...that is my next purchase.

I sized one the other day...it can hold 3 carboys and a few cornies easy

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At that point I wonder if it is cheaper and more economical (energy wise) to get a used 15.0 CF chest freezer and temp control it...that is my next purchase.

I sized one the other day...it can hold 3 carboys and a few cornies easy
It's entirely possible. In my case, I already had the fridge and the lumber. So it's only costing me what the temp controller would cost, which I'd have to buy for the freezer anyway, and a sheet of insulation. Plus, I just like building things.
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Just finished building mine over the weekend, the temp controller will be here tomorrow.

I like your design, wish I had seen it before I did mine. I built mine to hold two fermenters but I made it where the top opens up, not a door on the side. I may have to change that so that I can make use of the top and leave stuff on there when I need to access the inside.

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