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Old 10-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #11
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Start posting pics of the build
Right now, it'd just be pics of the stuff, which I'll do when I get the fridge unloaded. I have a feeling the progress might be a bit slow as I'm going to be pretty busy on the weekends through Thanksgiving.


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Old 10-20-2011, 10:49 PM   #12
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Wasn't trying to rush ya. I love watching a build in progress, that and it helps me refine my decisions as to what I'll do when it's finally my turn.
This was more of a way to prod ya to post pictures and get my subscribed to the thread



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Old 10-22-2011, 01:11 AM   #13
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Here is my fridge sans shelves and all loose internals except for the moveable shelves on the fridge side. Based on the paperwork, I'm thinking this jammer is from 1983.











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Old 12-07-2011, 10:01 PM   #14
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wow, thats almost exactly my fridge!!!(minus the water/ice door) if you need any help let me know.. I did a thread on my build. you can check it out.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/side-side-build-keezer-fermentation-276954/

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Old 12-07-2011, 11:17 PM   #15
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wow, thats almost exactly my fridge!!!(minus the water/ice door) if you need any help let me know.. I did a thread on my build. you can check it out.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/side-side-build-keezer-fermentation-276954/
Yeah, I need to get started on this project, right now I just have a ton of beer in bottles and a keg on the fridge side, but I'm going to have two more kegs to put in there shortly.

Your thread looks great. That's really what I was looking to do. Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:40 PM   #16
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Time to work on this...took a break from most of the brewing hobby to deal with a bunch of other stuff and after getting very close to finishing my Brew Magic NG to e-HERMS conversion, I need to get after this as well.

Trying to decide how I want to chop this fridge as I picked up a vintage GE fridge for the kegerator. There's room for 3 ball locks in the GE, but no room for bottles.

The new system is going to produce 10-12 gallons of wort to ferment per batch, so...do I chop the fridge and make the freezer part a fridge for bottles and the fridge side for fermentation, or cut the center wall out and make the entire fridge a fermentation chamber?

I'm thinking I leave the two sides split. I was planning on having different temps on each side. That would allow me to ferment lagers and ales at the same time and/or keep some bottles cold on the lager side of the chamber.

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Old 05-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #17
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Alright...working on getting a plan for the wiring. I'm going to get the freezer side done first as I'm brewing tomorrow and I want to have temp control for the two weeks I'm going to be out of town without asking my very a lot pregnant wife to manage a swamp cooler.

I'm going to tap the hot incoming from the outlet prior to the compressor to power the PIDs. The freezer side PID (eventually used for lagering) will control the compressor using the internal relay. The fridge side, for fermenting ales, if I need separate temps between the two sides, will control two fans on the alarm high side to recirculate cooler air from the freezer side into the fridge side. The alarm low will power the light bulb to kick on and heat the fridge side.

Seems to make sense. I need to check the back of the fridge to find out what size fuse I need to use to protect the wiring and PIDs on the supply to power the PIDs.

Seem like that's a good way to accomplish this?

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Here are a couple pictures of the parts I need to deal with to get power and control cooling:

Power coming in...need to tap into this to power the PIDs. I'm going to pull that box out and see how the wiring is set up to power the fan that cools the compressor:


Compressor...easy, assuming red is hot, white is neutral. Going to check that shortly.


And the cooling fan. The wiring for this meets the power cord in a box on the underside of the fridge:

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Pictures of the wiring in that box...




I need to get to the back of the thermostat and see what color wires are being used for that and disconnect them.


Existing ventilation from the freezer to the fridge side at the top:


And at the bottom:


There's a manually adjustable baffle on the freezer side called "air control" and it has an effect on the frost level according to the label.

I'm going to plug the fridge back in and check for a blower in the top vent. I'm also going to check for continuity across the leads for the fan and the compressor to make sure they're tied together.

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Old 05-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #20
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Now that all of this extra nonsense is out of the way:


I'm left with an empty side-by-side and a lot more wiring in both sides than what appears RO come from the back side with all the power.



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