A few posts ago I discussed how I made the decision to keg my homebrews. Here I will give you a few pointers on converting a mini fridge into a kegerator. When I started this project I knew that one mistake could ruin my fridge so I proceeded with caution. My biggest concern was avoiding damage to the cooling lines but thanks to the websites I used this was much easier than I thought. Here's my list of do's and don'ts for converting a mini fridge into a homebrew kegerator.
1.) Take your time.
Three years after buying my mini fridge I got around to converting it. I'm not sure what took me so long, but once I finally began buying all the equipment my excitement and anticipation began to build as though I was a human Corny keg preparing to be fully carbonated. Regardless of how much time it takes you to get there, don't rush it. A mini fridge that won't get cold is nothing more than an expensive paper weight.
2.) Plan ahead.
I spent a great deal of time searching homebrewing forums and other websites in order to find detailed plans on this project. I eventually decided on using a 4.4 cubic foot Frigidaire mini fridge because the two best websites I found used this exact model. It made my job very easy.
3.) Add drawer pulls to the top.
Only one of the conversion websites I used actually did this. In my opinion I think it looks much better with them and they are relatively cheap to add (see picture). Be cautious though, I nearly cracked the top while screwing the drawer pulls in....