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Old 01-10-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Need Help Expanding a Wine Fridge

I posted this on another forum as well. . .

Here's the deal:
I have two small wine fridges that I've used for fermenting chambers and/or cold storage. Each will hold one better bottle or two corny kegs.

I'd like to expand one of the fridges to hold either two carboys, four cornies, or perhaps a sanke keg for fermentation, and I'm in need of ideas.

I'm thinking about putting a collar on it. The space is exactly 12" deep, so I'd need to add another 10 or 12 inches of depth to get two better bottles in there. If I ferment in a sanke, I'd only need to add about 4-6". However, I'd also have to acquire a sanke! They've been hard to find thus far.

I'm not sure how to get a collar to attach to the front of a wine fridge, hold it in place, support the collar off the floor, etc. I need ideas!!

Let's talk limitations. I DO NOT have:
-Space for a bigger fridge
-Space for a chest freezer
-Additional space to build a big "fermenter box"
-A ton of $$$$ to spend on this.
-A lot of tools (I have a circular saw and a jig saw)

I will add that it doesn't really matter if it looks good.

Give me your ideas! Show me what you got!!

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:05 AM   #2
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hi howie, here are a few threads that deal with using a small fridge to power a larger fermentation chamber that should give you a good idea of where to go with your project:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-...-build-102846/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/show...hamber-147790/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-6-...version-88554/

there are others, but those should give you a good start.

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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i would try something like this (except to front mount the door):

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-6-...version-88554/

use foam board as insulation (usually runs about $26 for a 4x8 sheet) and plywood. you would want a good box cutter or better to cut the foam.

good luck!

edit: beat me to it!

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i would try something like this (except to front mount the door):

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-6-...version-88554/

use foam board as insulation (usually runs about $26 for a 4x8 sheet) and plywood. you would want a good box cutter or better to cut the foam.

good luck!

edit: beat me to it!
That could work well as is!! Side door mounting never occurred to me in the configuration my fridge is in! Could be a possibility!
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