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Old 11-02-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default From trash heap Fridge to 1st class fermentation chamber

A friend gave me this piece of cr......I mean, wonderful and functional still useful refrigerator. Originally, I was going to make it into a kegerator but the generous friend that gave it to me took all of the kegerator parts before he let me haul it away.

To make a long story longer, I got a great deal on another kegerator and was stuck with this.....I mean, I needed to find another use for this wonderful and still useful refrigerator. I decided to turn it into a fermentation chamber for my 30 gallon conical fermenter. This is it's story.

It started with me taking the doors off and removing the partition between the fridge and freezer..

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:01 AM   #2
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Default Too shallow

In order for my 30 gallon fermenter to fit in the fridge, I needed to extend the depth out another 6 inches. How do you make a fridge 6 inches deeper?

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:03 AM   #3
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Default Attaching the "extension" to the fridge.

This was done with the help of Gorilla glue and cargo straps.

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:24 AM   #4
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Looks like its going to be a good one.

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:29 AM   #5
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I'll let you know. HA! I am going to build out the doors and hang them tomorrow. Then I need to install the temp controller and.....brew some beer.

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I'm anxious to see more.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:22 AM   #7
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Very cool. Can't wait to graduate and move me and the lady to our own place and expand my brewery.

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Old 11-03-2012, 12:28 AM   #8
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Default Removing the molded door panels

Since we wont be keeping eggs in the door, it's time to make more room inside our fermentation chamber. First thing is to remove the 30 or so screws that hold these on without damaging the rubber seal that will be re-installed when the panels are replaced with 1/4 in plywood.

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Default Front panel of large door

The front panel has been removed and will be used as a template to mark the new 1/4 inch plywood insert for size and for screw holes. The bottom photo shows what the door looks like with the panel removed.

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