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Old 06-11-2008, 05:44 AM   #1
Aug 2006
Madison, Wisconsin
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SWMBO is ok with me getting a small fridge to use as a fermentation chamber, so who am I to say no? I'm considering two options right now:
1. building some sort of insulated box and putting it near one of the window-unit air conditioners in my apartment.

OR (ideally)

2. a small fridge that will fit one carboy. I thought that I could find a dorm-size fridge that would work, but they all have the chiller on the bottom, which makes it too narrow at the bottom to use. So even if I build a shelf inside, then it's too tall... unless I figure out how to take out the freezer compartment. I swear I've measured a dozen different models of refrigerators and none of them are the right size.

Anyone know a model that might work?

I'd love to get a full size fridge or freezer, but I don't have space for it in my apartment.

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Old 06-11-2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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Jan 2007
Armpit of Dallas (Irving), TX
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Wine cooler. Damn boxes on the bottom rule out a lot of otherwise perfect fridges, but many wine coolers will have that extra depth because the bottles lay down, and it needs to be able to fit the taller wine bottles horizontally.

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Old 06-11-2008, 07:11 AM   #3
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Feb 2008
Chico, CA
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If you can find a dorm fridge for cheap, and have some basic woodworking skillz you can build one like mine for cheap. Check out my project HERE. I was lucky enough to have the fridge given to me by a friend who was moving, and I just needed to add a wooden collar for depth. Beware of the super tiny dorm fridges though, they will not have enough height inside for a carboy + airlock. That being said, there are a few people here who have taken the innards of a tiny fridge and built an entirely new box. Like this guy here, and this guy here.

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Old 06-11-2008, 08:41 AM   #4
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Jul 2007
Bryan, Texas
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I did a similar project as the links above, with much less woodworking skills

Link is in my sig.
"Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence." - Napoleon Bonaparte
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. - Ernest Hemingway

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