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Old 07-17-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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I actually got into cellaring beer before I started brewing, and have been searching for a good cellar for some time. I came across the following, and it has worked perfectly. I was concerned about aging beer on its sides, and the nice thing about this model is that the racks are customizable - you can alter their height every 1/2''. I now have shelves that slide out and have been altered so that I can store all my brews upright. In addition, its got UV glass shielding, digital thermostat and a lock. It's pricey (I got mine for $800), but it has been phenomenal. I know there have been a couple of threads asking about cellars, and since I've been pleased with mine, I wanted to share.

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That's pretty sweet! Where did you get it? What is the make and model?

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Nice, but I don't think anyone needs to cellar any, much less three, Voodoo Doughnut.

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Nice, but I don't think anyone needs to cellar any, much less three, Voodoo Doughnut.
Voodoo doughnut was teeeeeeeeeeeerrible. Finally got rid of it!
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That's pretty sweet! Where did you get it? What is the make and model?
Dunno what the forum rules are for goods (delete this if necessary), but its the Allavino CWR271-1BB. Its actually a wine cellar that I've converted. I acquired it from beveragefactory.com.

A word on the conversion. This is rated for 107 wine bottles. The racks are rated to hold ~30-40lbs. As seen from the attached pic, I have upwards of 50-60lbs of beer on there (the main reason is b/c the bottles are stored upright, and thus more are on each rack). I do not know how the racks will hold up to the weight stresses in the long run, but what I have done was to take some thin plastic sheeting and placed it on each rack. In this manner, I've dispersed the forces across all the rack, rather than localize it (its not a solid bottom, but rather made up of strips). Also, the metal hinges that hold it in the fridge are bending, but after ~5 months I've not had any issues (knock on wood). I just make sure that whenever I roll the racking out, I hold on to it for support.

For those interested, here is my current cellar list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...UE&output=html

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Voodoo doughnut was teeeeeeeeeeeerrible. Finally got rid of it!
Clearly you drank it too early- needs more age .
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I would just load it up with Chimay and be done with it

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Hahaha this is cool! This is the Allavino CWR271-1BB from Beverage Factory. I only know since I have the same one for storing wine

Looks like Beverage Factory has it for $849.99 plus Free Shipping: http://www.beveragefactory.com/refri...ne_cellar.html

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Gosh I love basements! All i needed was a shelf

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This looks really nice, and if you don't have a basement or a garage, it's hard to find a nice-looking solution for this problem. This is definitely a nice-looking solution.

That being said, all I can think is how you could buy somewhere between four and six nice refrigerators on Craigslist for that $800. Granted: No glass door, no sliding shelves (not that you couldn't build them into a fridge), and definitely not half as much swagger. But I've landed barely-used brand name stainless fridges for under $200 more than once now. Just sayin!

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