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Old 02-11-2011, 02:56 AM   #1
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First, I'll start out by saying that I am already well aware of how jury rigged this conversion and setup are. However, I set out to build my kegerator with what I had around me and a little ingenuity and I feel like I've accomplished that. I'm posting this because I've had a few people message me about how I converted the Haier HNSE05VS-01 mini fridge.



So, anyway, about 2 years ago, I hastily picked up a Haier mini fridge (pictured above) from Best Buy with out really considering the difficulty involved in converting it to a kegerator. At 4.6 cubic ft. it would fit two kegs but the problem was that it had a freezer compartment as the cooling unit, like a lot of other mini fridges out there. Also, the temp controller was mounted on the front part of the ceiling of the fridge, creating 0 head room. (Pictured below).


So, after about 2 years of using a picnic tap I decided I didn't have much to lose so I turned off the fridge, let everything inside warm up, and slowly (let me emphasize SLOWLY) bent the freon tube/cooling unit to the back.

You can see it here: (sorry, HBT rotated the image even though it is right side up in photoshop)

Because the temp controller killed the head space, and because it is connected to the freezer unit, I had to move it back, first just by unscrewing it and moving it and then, later, by repulling the wires through the top of the fridge like so:

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Old 02-11-2011, 03:02 AM   #2
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And that becomes, this:




Once the wiring, temp control and freezer were safely out of the way, I could drill the hole for the tap line (I made it big enough for two).



I followed Biermuncher and Brew-ta-saurus' style of making a tap tower out of PVC. Brew-ta-saurus' here: (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-fa...-tower-102986/)

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And then?

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Once I had the tower complete I mounted everything on top:


Like Biermuncher, I cemented the base/flange to the tower but left the cap unglued for easy access in the future. The insulation is just some foam I had laying around (the stuff used for film equipment cases).

Once that was mounted I had to deal with the door, which had shelves molded in the foam insulation.


My fix was to tear off the thin plastic convering of the shelves and then cut them off with an old serrated paring knife.

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Once I had it so it was flat enough, I cut out a piece of plexi glass to fit and sealed that with silicon sealant to the door.



Currently, that's curing/drying. I'll put that back on tomorrow night and pour my first pint and see what happens.

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Pretty cool man.

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Thanks.

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Anyway to fit 2 kegs in this? I have the same exact fridge and wanted to do a single tower dual tap.

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Here it is, bad iphone photo, but its finished. Just put my Belgian Pale Ale with local hops on tap.
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Anyway to fit 2 kegs in this? I have the same exact fridge and wanted to do a single tower dual tap.
If you remove the shelves from the door like I did, then yes there is just enough room for two cornies.
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