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Old 01-12-2014, 01:02 AM   #81
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I'm in the market for a fermentation chamber. I was leaning towards a small chest freezer, but the Igloo FR464 is $119 at Wal-mart right now, and I'm strongly considering it.

I've seen a couple of posts that indicate that this thing will do a 6.5 plastic fermenter with blow-off tube without modification. That would be great. I would like to do some lagering, so if anybody has successfully held this thing <40f with or without a temp controller that'd be great to hear.


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Old 01-13-2014, 01:15 PM   #82
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I use the Igloo 464 for my kegerator. I keep it at 41*F without a temperature controller and there is still room on the dial to go colder. So I think you'd be just fine keeping it <40*F for your purposes. Note that there isn't a way to dial in a specific temp on the unit itself - I put a thermometer in there and tweaked it until I got it where I wanted. Took a little patience but once it's done, it's done.

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Old 01-17-2014, 01:30 PM   #83
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Just placed an order for an FR464 stainless steel. I'm going to try the cornstarch and alcohol trick to make sure there's no coolant lines in the top.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #84
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Be careful! The line that I hit was very well hidden and it only took a slight push with a dull blade to break it. The coolant lines are just above the plastic so you need to be extremely careful when when you cut from the inside of the fridge.

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Old 01-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #85
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Be careful! The line that I hit was very well hidden and it only took a slight push with a dull blade to break it. The coolant lines are just above the plastic so you need to be extremely careful when when you cut from the inside of the fridge.

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Yeah... like I said, I"m going to try the cornstarch and rubbing alcohol to see if I can figure out where the coolant lines are. With luck I'll avoid 'em. But thanks for the reminder!
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Here are some pictures of where I planned to drill the hole. I cut the plastic from the inside of the fridge first and started to clear out insulation. I ruptured the coolant line while trying to expand the hole in the plastic. The coolant line that I hit was towards the front of the fridge.

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Old 01-18-2014, 01:52 AM   #87
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Being that the fr464 is a completely different fridge. I have no advice except don't hit the lines

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Well, like I said, I'm going to mix up some cornstarch and rubbing alcohol and spread it on the fridge after it's been running for awhile and hopefully that'll show me where the lines are.
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Here are a few pics of my igloo build. These igloo mini fridge have small violent lines both on top and bottom. Be extremely careful with the bottom lines. They seem to be two inches apart from each other. The top lines run vertically and the bottom lines run horizontally. Be extremely careful the bottom lines are close to the surface. I can keep this mini fridge at 40* with no controller. Click image for larger version

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What model is this?

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