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Old 02-03-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Suitable mini fridge for kegging

Hey guys,

I'm new to the forums and am trying to get info on setting up my first keg system. I've found all the things I need locally and for a reasonable price, but selecting the right mini fridge to store it all in is sort of confusing me. I don't want to drill holes in the fridge, just using a picnic tap for now. I don't know very much about fridges and less about mini ones. I only want to put one keg in the fridge at a time for now..

I've got a few questions about this..

1) Will a corny keg setup fit in a 32" tall mini fridge that DOES have a small freezer at the top?

2) If not, can the freezer compartment be removed without screwing up the fridge too bad?

3) Finding a used fridge without a freezer compartment seems unlikely. None for sale locally that are in my price range.

Thanks for the help everyone!

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1) A corny is approximately 25" tall and will need a little extra wiggle room to get in and out and fit the connections. Each fridge is a little different, you will need to pocket a tape measure and confirm that your fridge will work.

2) Yes and no. I have read of a few people successfully bending the evaporator (the cooling "plate" that also makes up the freezer) to the back of the fridge. However, I recently was part of a thread where a guy attempted this and made a large paper weight. No word back yet as to whether or not he found a repair facility who could service it.

3) You have to look around to find any mini fridge that lacks the freezer, used or new. I would suggest looking at wine chillers. I found one at a local consignment store for like $170, it appeared as though it might hold 4 cornies (and had a neato-looking glass door) and already had a thermal controller built in (the question is how low it could be set). Keep your eyes peeled!

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Cornies are approximately 25" when they have the rubber tops and bottoms



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The size most people go with is a 44" I believe. Since corys are roughly 23" plus a few inches for your CO2 and tap line I don't think there is any way a 32" would work.
http://www.micromatic.com/beer-questions/sizes-keg-draft-beer-available-aid-11.html

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The size most people go with is a 44" I believe. Since corys are roughly 23" plus a few inches for your CO2 and tap line I don't think there is any way a 32" would work.
http://www.micromatic.com/beer-questions/sizes-keg-draft-beer-available-aid-11.html
Huh. I don't like their chart. The picture clearly has rubber handles on the keg, yet when I measure all 4 of mine, I get 24.75" with the handles. Maybe all of mine (different manufacturers too) are abnormally tall ;-)
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:56 PM   #5
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Wally world sells a Danby w/o a freezer. It is easy to put a tower on later if you want.

See this link:

http://www.kegkits.com/kegerator4.htm

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Huh. I don't like their chart. The picture clearly has rubber handles on the keg, yet when I measure all 4 of mine, I get 24.75" with the handles. Maybe all of mine (different manufacturers too) are abnormally tall ;-)
I'm sure there are a few variables out there. I have a few different kegs, I'll have to measure them to see the sizes and any differences.
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The freezerless models for conversion are mostly discontinued, but they still show up Craigslist, garage sales, etc. The two best freezerless models I've found are the Sanyo 4912 or Kenmore Elite 4.9. For general mini-fridge conversion I have some info here.

For bending the freezer tray I've had success with the conversion I did. Here's what it looks like, holler if you want more info...but pic pretty much shows it.

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Ebeer; I am curious about what I am seeing in that picture. Did you tug more line through? The unpainted part I am assuming used to be outside the of the fridge "box." If this is the case, did it require much force? Because the additional length would obviously make it easier to bend without resulting in a stress induced rupture.. Props, BTW.

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tj. what I did was unplug the fridge for a few days to make sure it was room temp that way you don't risk snapping that tubing in half. then carefully bend it with out kinking it.

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then carefully bend it with out kinking it.
That would be the secret I'm not sure the guy in the other thread understood. Years of bending brake lines for cars have taught me what you can get away with in the way of steel, but I know the aluminum used on AC lines also has a tendency to crack when stressed too far. I think this is what happened to the other guy as I suggested that he use a wooden dowel or something as a make shift bender to avoid kinking.


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