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bstux 12-31-2011 12:01 AM

Fermentation Chamber / Kegerator / Kitchen Table
 
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Originally I started with a dorm refrigerator that I wanted to fit a carboy in, so I could ferment a lager. After changing my mind may times it snowballed into what it is now. I have been working on building an insulated cabinet that is big enough to hold multiple cornies(4-5), a carboy and some bottled beer. I added a tap box, and a lip to make it useful as a kitchen table. Also I plan on using the guts from the original mini-frige to keep it cold.

In case the pictures don't show
1) "dismantling" the refrigerator
2) frame
3) frame
4) frame & refrigerator guts
5) frame & refrigerator guts

Lucky_Chicken 12-31-2011 12:11 AM

looks like something I have done! Have fun with it... and watch out for those sharp pieces off the old fridge!

bstux 12-31-2011 12:12 AM

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Some more recent pictures.

bstux 12-31-2011 12:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jtsims21 (Post 3614121)
... and watch out for those sharp pieces off the old fridge!

Yep I cut myself twice on that metal flashing/tape before I had the epiphany to put on gloves.

Lucky_Chicken 12-31-2011 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bstux (Post 3614129)
Yep I cut myself twice on that metal flashing/tape before I had the epiphany to put on gloves.

the sad part.. I put gloves on while working with it and didnt cut myself, but I left it sitting in the garage for a week or two before taking it to the dump and sliced my leg wide open walking by it.... left a pretty wicked scar

bstux 01-12-2012 05:29 AM

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Just a progress update after finishing the trim on the top section.

1) Full view of the build so far.
2) Closer view of tap box and shelves.
3) Closer view of trim on tap box.
4) View from above, the set in space will be filled with my collection of bottle caps and covered with resin.
5) Trim on the underside of the lip.

Lancer033 01-12-2012 08:14 PM

how well do the refrigerator parts work with the larger volume? is there a point where they can't keep up or does it just take longer to cool things down?

Djlunchbox 01-12-2012 09:09 PM

subbing, looks like an awesome project!

JoshuaW 01-13-2012 04:48 PM

Looking good!

I wish I was more handy, this is the exact sort of thing I want to do, I just dont think I have the skills to handle it (and have it come out looking like something I would actually be allowed to keep in the house)

Hoppopotomus 01-13-2012 06:11 PM

Looking great man! Let me know how the dorm fridge compressor holds up on keeping that much cubic volume cold. I already have a nice keezer for dispensing, but was considering an oversized fermentation chamber as another project. I have an old Absocold dorm fridge that I was going to cannibalize like you did for your build for cooling an oversized fermentation cabinet for lagering. I was warned by a few people that if the cubic volume of space was too large, despite how well it is sealed/insulated, that the compressor would run non-stop and burn out. I'm curious how yours holds up with cooling the chamber and the coffin on your masterpiece. Keep us posted! :mug:


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