wine fridge as kegerator?

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I just scored a wine fridge - its a avanti . 3' tall holds 1 corney not enough room for 2 ... not wide enough but plenty tall enough , but the temp only goes down to 45f , is there anyway to get it colder to make a kegorator out of this?
or will I burn the compressor out of it? any ideas thoughts?
 
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is 45f cold enough ... i don't mind cool beer. if I run 12-15' of beer line will that prevent it from foaming at 45? i don't want to drill any holes in this fridge if it's not going to work.
 

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it all depends on the style, 45 is cool enough for ales and i'm sure you could connect a temp controller to the fridge and get it down 4 more degrees. i think a lot of people keep their kegerators at 40ish. i keep mine at 40. i don't think you'll need the longer lines, you should be able to compensate with the regulator. but maybe someone else will chime in with a conclusive answer.
 

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as a side note, you could probably find a cheap or free old fridge on craigslist to get funky with and drill all the holes you want.
 
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this is a CL type score ... 50 bucks!!! :D - I'm charging my drill :cross:
- my Danby fridge kegorator is on its lowest temp possible i think 38ish ... and the beer comes out around 42 out of the tap - maybe my thermometer is off?
im affraid with this one's low of 45 beer will be around 50!
 

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as a side note, you could probably find a cheap or free old fridge on craigslist to get funky with and drill all the holes you want.
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You will pay as much for a good temperature controller as you would for a used fridge. Also, one corny just isn't enough. Less than fifteen minutes after you first tap is installed you will be thinking "damn, I wish I had a second tap".

Back to the original topic, it could probably work with a temperature controller, but I think you will be wasting a lot of energy. From what I have seen wine fridges aren't very well insulated, especially if it has a glass door.
 

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Is that model a compressor - normal type - or Peltier Type - the pelt type suck power and will not get as cold as a traditional compressor.
 

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I have used my wine fridge as a fermenting chamber, works well for that. I considered using it as a kegerator and decided against it. My testing showed that it would not stay cold enough without the coils/chill plate freezing up. It an old model so don't know how the newer ones will do.
 
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thanks for the replies , yes it has a compressor - but its really small.
 
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