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Old 06-10-2009, 02:31 PM   #101
RDLJr
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I converted mine last night, but it doesn't seem to be very cold.

I put two kegs of water in the fridge and set the thermostat to about 3 and it was cool this morning, but not cold. Certainly not cold enough to serve beer.

Could the fact that it's in a garage be an issue?



 
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:21 PM   #102
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I converted mine last night, but it doesn't seem to be very cold.

I put two kegs of water in the fridge and set the thermostat to about 3 and it was cool this morning, but not cold. Certainly not cold enough to serve beer.

Could the fact that it's in a garage be an issue?
the higher the number the colder the fridge. My beer comes out at the serving temp that I like for a good ale...low 40s. I think it's at either 4 or 5.


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Old 06-10-2009, 03:41 PM   #103
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the higher the number the colder the fridge. My beer comes out at the serving temp that I like for a good ale...low 40s. I think it's at either 4 or 5.
I turned it up before I left for work this morning. I'm going to check it again this evening.

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:22 PM   #104
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I just tapped my first keg in this exact fridge, looks like a great idea to drill hole and run co2 line to the outside since the fridge does get a little tight with all the hoses. What size hole did you drill for the co2 line?

 
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:24 AM   #105
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Excellent step-by-step. do you have a finished picture w/ drip tray and tap?

 
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:32 AM   #106
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Here is a picture of mine finished, i actually have magnets holding my drip tray right now.



 
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:59 PM   #107
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I think I'm headed to lowes this weekend. haha

 
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:31 PM   #108
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its a good choice. Keep the shelves...they come in handy if you dont have anything on tap (i know...but it happens sometimes) you can still stack a couple 6ers in there for when you go downstairs to "check on the beer"

 
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:21 AM   #109
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Finally found the pics of this conversion. Basically, if anyone wants to convert this to a tower, but locate it towards the back, this is the way to go.
If you open the door and lift up the plastic top with minimal effort, it comes right off. You can see what the top looks like in this blurred image. just cheap plastic, and barely glued down.

In this image you can see what you have to remove next. It is foam insulation that seems like the expandable foam type so that it is pretty well stuck to the plastic liner of the fridge. In between the foam and the inside plastic contains the coolant lines. They are wrapped around the outside of the plastic fridge liner, and secured to it with what I remember to be metal-tape. You can see them in the next pic:


I basically used a filet knife and a spatchula to pull out the foam where I put the tower. The foam is a good two and a half inches deep, but be very careful not to push to hard or too deep with the knife, cause if you knick a coolant line your screwed.



After you get all the foam out of the way, pick a spot between the coolant lines, and drill with a holesaw. Then line up the plastic top, mark and drill the top out as well. After this step, its pretty much up to you how to proceed.

I elected to put a false top over the plastic. First I secured the plastic top back on with some heavy duty silicone. Then 5/8 plywood with the silicone. I finished up with some cultured slate tiles, oak and pine trim wrap. Custom fabbed tower screwed down to the plywood. Just have to install the second faucet next week.



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Old 06-15-2009, 11:29 AM   #110
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Nice! I like the top.


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