DIY kegerator pt. 1

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DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by m_rawdin » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:17 am

Finally got my hands on a second hand fridge freezer to turn into a kegerator. Next step is to order my taps and CO2 splitter and to make sure there's so inner workings in the side of the fridge so I don't hit anything when I drill through.
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by tourer » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:03 pm

M-rawdin, i dont think you can use a fridge freezer, i believe it should be one or the other as you can't control the fridge seperate from the freezer? but i could be wrong. Someone on Jim's with experience will advise you.

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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by m_rawdin » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:58 pm

Sorry I meant to mention it's only the fridge bit that's gonna be the kegerator, the freezer is just being used as a freezer.
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by Fil » Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:15 am

you may have problems maintaining freezer temps when using the fridge element @ upto 20C if its fitted with a single compressor. a basic single compressor system may be balanced to maintain the freezing temps while maintaining 4-5c or lower in the fridge, make less demands on the fridge cooling and the freezer temp may also rise.

one simple mod that may help if you have such problems would be to increase the insulation between the two areas (freezer roof / fridge bottom)

perhaps running a few tests before committing ?
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by m_rawdin » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:55 am

I will only be keeping the fridge temp at normal fridge temp, wouldn't need to get the temp above that, especially not to 20 degrees, wouldn't be serving beer that warm!
Fermenting: wheat beer
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Drinking: caramel pale, Centennial SMASH, milk stout
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by bobsbeer » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:57 pm

I will assume you will be serving lager? Most beer temps need to be around 13c-16c so you will be serving very cold if you are going to keep the 4-5c. Go above that and the freezer will struggle to freeze.

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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by m_rawdin » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:51 pm

Yeah it will be mainly lager.
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by Fil » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:00 pm

m_rawdin wrote:I will only be keeping the fridge temp at normal fridge temp, wouldn't need to get the temp above that, especially not to 20 degrees, wouldn't be serving beer that warm!
my bad i was thinking fermentation fridge even when you clearly state keg fridge ;) you should be fine as long as you are mindful of limits of a single compressor fridge freezer

a 3-4 degree deviation above the optimum chilling temp for a fridge should be ok, tho i would be tempted to run tests to see the max temp the fridge can be heated to before the freezer temp suffers so you know in advance,, i will be happy to be proven wrong, but its gotta be better than finding out you have a freezer failure mid august ;)
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by m_rawdin » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:57 am

Kegerator taps arrived today, now to start drilling holes in my fridge, scary!
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by Hairybiker » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:30 am

Just remember that usually a door is removable, hence nothing bad on/in it. Drill holes in the door as you like.
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Re: DIY kegerator pt. 1

Post by m_rawdin » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:39 pm

And it's finally complete! Poured my first beer today, fantastic!
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Planning: kolsch

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