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“All Refrigerator” Keggerator Build
Recently my Craigslist Keezer buy started going down hill. It wasn’t maintaining temperature. While it had served me well for a couple of years, I was struggling a lot with juggling kegs and having loose items falling all over in there. It was time for something with capacity for more than 4 kegs, and room for more bottled beer and related items.
I started researching options for the build. I initially planned on building it around a larger chest freezer. Since I was going to be putting the work into customization, I planned on starting with a new appliance so I could count on it lasting a while. It was about this time I happened onto something called an “all refrigerator”. It is the form factor of a traditional upright refrigerator, but it doesn’t have a freezer compartment. This had several advantages over other options. One of the biggest is that it’s made to work at refrigerator temperatures. Not only does that elimante the need for an add on temperature controller, but it also means there are no condensation issues to deal with. As much as I liked my keezer, the messing around with fans and dehumidifier to try to keep it dry was a pain.
I settled on a Figidaire (Model FFRU17G8QWC) refrigerator similar to this one, but the model number is different for some reason. It has room for up to 12 corny kegs if need be, this would take a little modification including shaving off some of the door shelving and creating as stronger upper shelf to hold 6 kegs. For now I am happy with the 5 kegs fitting on th floor of the unit. This leaves two of the the factory glass shelves above for bottles and miscellaneous storage. (One of the big selling points for my CFO (wife) was that it could serve as overflow for our regular fridge for those extra large Costco trips.)
The build was pretty straight forward. It basically consisted of locating and drilling holes for the taps and gas lines. I also created a nice cherry wood panel to strengthen the tap mounting location, act as a backsplash, and hold the drip tray so I didn’t have to drill more holes in the door. It also really dresses up the front of the unit. I decided to size it for 4 taps for now. There would be room on the front for up to 8 taps if I want to expand to that some day.