If you buy a thermo-electric (Peltier type) mini fridge, be aware of
their limitations: they can only lower the ambient temperature by 40
(Don't expect cold beer when it's in a 90 deg. garage) : (
That was an implied sarcastic smiley, Bob.
I'm Dutch by origin, and Dad used to store the beer in the cool cellar.
Ice-cold beer was a nono. Here in the US, it's a different story,
probaby in part because of taste, partly because it is usually hotter
here. I'm easily adaptable (in some respects), and definitely NOT a beer
On Aug 5, 8:56 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller) wrote:
I don't find a lot of the high volume beers here or in europe to be
all that good. One exception I find decent personaly is Yuengling,
but that may not be something everyone agrees with. US microbeers are
another story, I find a number of them are pretty good. When in
europe I always inquire from the pub/bar owner and find that most
everywhere I can get good local beers. Sometimes not so in the big
cities like Paris, London, etc. but always in the countryside. I'm
not a fan of the real heavy beers like Guiness.
You obviously have never tried any of the many excellent American
microbrews that are out there.
Most of the mainstream European beers I've tried (and there have been many)
are about as bland and humdrum as most of the mainstream American beers.
Heineken? Becks? Blah.
re: "What is the efficency of those units"
I can't answer that directly, but I'll toss out this "tip"....
When I bought a small (5 cu ft) freezer I was told that they operate
most efficiently when filled to about 3/4 capacity. It's related to
I assume the same applies to any cooling device appliance.
I'd be inclined to think it was related to the stuff in it. It's the
stuff that stays cool, air doesn't hold a lot of heat. You only need
to remove .02 btus from a cubic foot of air to lower it a degree.
Little fridges are just a little bit better than nothing. I have one of the
smaller ones in my container, and it definitely does bring down the
temperature more than 40 degrees, so I must have a different type than you
are referring to. Temps inside reach the 120 range, and I can always go
pull a really cold bottle out. I have to watch it, and not set it too low,
or it freezes the water. I'll get a regular one soon as I start brewing
beer. Maybe five.
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There are two basic designs. The ones that use a heat source to
circulate the refrigerant and ones that use a small compressor. The
first style is a lot cheaper but not as effective. The second is just
a small version of your big fridge.
I have the later in my bar. I like the fact that I can put a ton of
stuff in it warm and not care about raising the temp of food stored in
it cause there is no food in it. When you load a bunch of drinks in
your home fridge it can raise the temp of the surrounding items for a
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