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Old 08-17-2013, 02:08 PM   #4691
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:25 PM   #4692
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Has anyone converted a side by side fridge to a kegerator? My current kegerator is collecting water in the bottom after it was left open one night in a hot humid garage.

Why would water be collecting in the bottom?

I have a newish side by side fridge not being used. Please link me to some pics of a side by side kegerator if anyone has one.

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Please link me to some pics of a side by side kegerator if anyone has one.
There are several in this thread.
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Any idea on which of the 470 pages it is on?
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Side by side fridges use on average 2-3 time the electricity of a standard fridge. If the fridge was left open for a long time condensation from the humidity in the air will cause a water build up. Another possibility could be that the defrost drain line is clogged.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #4696
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Has anyone converted a side by side fridge to a kegerator? My current kegerator is collecting water in the bottom after it was left open one night in a hot humid garage.

Why would water be collecting in the bottom?

I have a newish side by side fridge not being used. Please link me to some pics of a side by side kegerator if anyone has one.

Thanks
Here is mine.

It holds eight kegs, with gas going to six, and room for a couple of cases of bottled beer. I used light gauge angle iron for the "freezer" side supports on the upper kegs, and staggered angle iron for the lower supports to accommodate the hump. The bottom back keg is a tight fit but I usually have a keg lagering there.

Two STC 1000"s maintain the temperature. The main is hard wired in place of the factory thermostat, and the temp probe on the "fridge"side. The other STC 1000 has its probe on the "freezer" side, and hooked up to the heat relay. This powers a fan installed in the connecting wall. The 'freezer" side is normally the colder side, so this fan runs whenever the "freezer" side gets too cold, even if the compressor is off. This keeps the two sides within a degree or two. On the "freezer" side there is a built in drain for the defrost cycle, but I have never seen any moisture build up.

The ice maker, door panel, and ice dispenser were removed, and the gas line enters the back where the water line once was.

I am currently using cobra taps, but plan to incorporate proper faucets in the "fridge" side door. I could conceivably serve six kegs at a time but plan to install only three faucets, with the cobra taps moving around inside as needed.

Before you tear up a fridge, be sure to measure the sides. I had another side by side that had a larger freezer space, so the fridge side would only fit three kegs. Also an older fridge is easier to wire up. I'm no sparky, but I have read that newer digital systems are a pain to wire correctly.
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Here is mine.

It holds eight kegs, with gas going to six, and room for a couple of cases of bottled beer. I used light gauge angle iron for the "freezer" side supports on the upper kegs, and staggered angle iron for the lower supports to accommodate the hump. The bottom back keg is a tight fit but I usually have a keg lagering there.

Two STC 1000"s maintain the temperature. The main is hard wired in place of the factory thermostat, and the temp probe on the "fridge"side. The other STC 1000 has its probe on the "freezer" side, and hooked up to the heat relay. This powers a fan installed in the connecting wall. The 'freezer" side is normally the colder side, so this fan runs whenever the "freezer" side gets too cold, even if the compressor is off. This keeps the two sides within a degree or two. On the "freezer" side there is a built in drain for the defrost cycle, but I have never seen any moisture build up.

The ice maker, door panel, and ice dispenser were removed, and the gas line enters the back where the water line once was.

I am currently using cobra taps, but plan to incorporate proper faucets in the "fridge" side door. I could conceivably serve six kegs at a time but plan to install only three faucets, with the cobra taps moving around inside as needed.

Before you tear up a fridge, be sure to measure the sides. I had another side by side that had a larger freezer space, so the fridge side would only fit three kegs. Also an older fridge is easier to wire up. I'm no sparky, but I have read that newer digital systems are a pain to wire correctly.
This is great, you should write up a thread on it.
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This is pretty premature, but I just couldn't wait any longer to share! Here's a picture from test fitting my collar last night.

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Just finished my kegerator and couldn't wait to show it off! holds four 5 gallon Korny kegs (only have three set up) currently on draught is an american ale (my first true home brew beer!), a cider (another first for me) and carbed water for soda making.


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