Best fridge for fermenting and cooling king keg/beerspheres?

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lord groan
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Best fridge for fermenting and cooling king keg/beerspheres?

Post by lord groan » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:40 pm

Hi folks,

Just the other day SWMBO asked if a beer fridge would make a good birthday present! Wooohoo! Now it may come to nothing but all of a sudden I felt an overpowering need for one. What I'd like is one I can modify the way Jim (and countless others) have done by fitting a heater for fermentation. I'd want to run it during the summer as a kingkeg or beersphere chiller too. Space and money are very limited so a standard undercounter 60cm wide jobbie is likely all I can manage/justify. So can I ask - has anyone identified any particular model or brand which seem destined for homebrewing adaptation? This Beko - http://www.tesco.com/direct/beko-ul584a ... d=594-1862 looks like it might do nicely but I'd rather rely on the collected experience of you good people before getting one.

thanks all
lg

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Re: Best fridge for fermenting and cooling king keg/beersphe

Post by Kev888 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:32 pm

I don't know specifically, but from my own experiences with cornies you really need to find it in a showroom somewhere and measure it. Allow for the keg to go on a shelf above the lump/intrusion caused by the compressor and take note of any light/switch/fan gubbins that may also add restrictions. I'd also say avoid if it has an inbuilt freezer/ice compartment towards the top - these 'can' be bent out of the way but thats with freecycle ones, it would be risky with a paid-for fridge.

Depending on how you intend to use it, also consider gas; there are various approaches like widget world systems injector bulbs and Jim has just made something for a corny disconnect but all take some clearance and its unlikely you'll get space for an S30 cylinder directly on top.

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Re: Best fridge for fermenting and cooling king keg/beersphe

Post by lord groan » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:06 pm

Cheers Kev888

Its still at the 'thinking about' stage. I've not got into cornies yet so I'm thinking about one with room for a pretty standard 25l FV or a mango barrel converted to fermenter. Then when not brewing in the summer using it to chill a keg - currently I've got a couple of beerspheres, a bottom tap king keg and an old boots bottom tap keg. A standard undercounter jobbie seems likely, good point about the freezer compartment tho, it'd need a larder style fridge with the chiller as a backplate.
thanks for the input!
lg

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