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I am looking to purchase a compact fridge for fermenting lagers in my 6.5 gal glass carboy. I am going to purchase a temperature regulator as well. I have read alot about this model for kegerators, and was wondering if it is good for what I need?
 

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I don't recall measurements offhand, but I don't think a carboy would fit in a 4912... corny kegs are only about 9" in diameter and even those are a tight fit when the door panel is in, and removing that panel would only gain you a few more inches.
 

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I just completed my kegerator conversion last night, so my fridge was still empty and I was able to check. My 6.5 gallon carboy just fits in there with the door panel removed.
 
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Thanks guys. I landed one today with my christmas money. Now I am not sure if I need an external thermostat override to lager correctly, or can it be done with just the fridge thermostat?
 

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I second that question. I recently purchased the Sanyo 4912, but I will be currently be using it to keep my bottled beer cool until I am ready to upgrade later on to a kegerator. I was also thinking about fitting a carboy in there for laggering, and I am curious about needing an external thermostat or not.
 

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I second that question. I recently purchased the Sanyo 4912, but I will be currently be using it to keep my bottled beer cool until I am ready to upgrade later on to a kegerator. I was also thinking about fitting a carboy in there for laggering, and I am curious about needing an external thermostat or not.
have carboy in my 4912 right now fits just fine
 

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If you remove the door panel, it will fit with no problem. In fact, even with the panel there, a 5 gal fits. I have 2 and used to use one for fermetation before I got my chest freezer and still use one for crash cooling.
 

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I have a six gallon Better Bottle cold crashing in mine now. I took some of the removable shelves out, but I haven't gotten around to taking out the door panel.

As for the temp controller, I just ordered one for mine. I can't get it to run any higher than about 43 -- 45 even at the min setting. Yours could be different, though, so you might want to check it out first.
 
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For lagering your fridge shouldn't have problems for temps, but would be a pain to finely adjust temps with stock thermostat. A Temp controller gives you more accurate control.
 

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i was under the impression that this fridge is no longer available...
 
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