So, I have a Frigidaire FRC445GB that will be converted to a kegerator soon.
In the meatime, I am planning on using it to ferment and lager a Pils. The fridge runs too cold for fermentation, and I would rather not drop the $75 on a new thermostat (i did just buy all of the hardware for a kegerator recently...), and would also rather not mess around with the swamp cooler thing.
Preparing for the conversion, I removed the factory thermostat from the side wall, and pushed it to the back (along with the copper tube temperature sensor). After doing this while brainstorming the best way to handle keeping a consistent ferment temp I had a thought:
since the fridge won't go warm enough, what happens if I just keep the copper temperature sensor in ice water? seems to me like that would trick the fridge into thinking it was cooler that it really is, and be easier to maintain 50ish degrees. There is no way that can damage the sensor, right?