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(Some Guy)   How to build your own "kegerator"   ( divider line
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28478 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Jul 2004 at 4:40 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-07-13 11:47:47 AM  
There is not a finer link in the known internet universe that could possibly be approved that is better than this one.

/HUGS his home built kegerator made from this very information.
2004-07-13 12:27:30 PM  
I sincerely can't recommend a kegerator enough to keep the alcohol costs down. I am no binge drinker, I normally drink 1-2 glasses with dinner and that's it, but it is hard to beat the cost of a $70 half-keg full of Yuengling. It keeps it frosty cold and I only have to make a beer run every two months, once a month during football/hockey season.
2004-07-13 01:59:43 PM  
I am about to be down $5200 for that Craigerator devil may care. That thing, is the sw33tn3ss.
2004-07-13 02:32:59 PM  
That Craigerator is sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!

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2004-07-13 02:41:45 PM  
how long will the beer last?>
2004-07-13 04:44:48 PM  
Dr.Knockboots, I found this on a brewery website.

Q: How long is the shelf life of a properly stored keg of your beer in a home kegerator?

A: Assuming you are using a CO2 tap, your keg should last from 90-120 days. On the other hand if you are using a self pump tap, it will only last about 24 hours.
2004-07-13 05:23:13 PM  
I made one of these when i lived in S. Oakland (Pgh Farkers will know of this place). It saved us lots of money. Wdiddn't even have to worry about CO2 because the roomies "borrowed" tanks from their place of employment. Plus it was cool to have a bar with a beer tap in it.
2004-07-13 11:40:37 PM  
I don't have one (jealous) but do have a friend who has one stocked with both light and dark Yuengling. I try to visit all I can.
2004-07-14 12:00:32 AM  
oh dear god.. 3+ months it can hold it for?
oh yeah.
i'm shopping for my fridge right now.
2004-07-14 05:08:54 AM  
Is that an autographed "Golden Girls" photo I spy on the side of that kegerator?
2004-07-14 05:26:27 AM  
That's a sobriety test
2004-07-14 05:28:10 AM  
I don't understand the whole conversion thing... If you're crafty and into custom looking things I guess it's cool, but for $400 you can buy a new shiny ready to go beer dispenser
2004-07-14 05:30:41 AM  
Can someone plz give me a rough estimate of the supply costs for a top-notch setup?
(minus the fridge w/ sweet paint job and autographed pic of the golden hotties - both a must-have. after a few kegs, you'd hit it)

/Can't wait for American Kegerator on Discovery Channel
//Anyone else hear them called Kegulators, or is that just what Arnold calls them?
2004-07-14 05:31:59 AM  
My kegerator has homebrewed Imperial Pale Ale (7.5%) and Russian Imperial Stout (11%) in it. Five gallon cornelius kegs. I brew ten gallons per batch... Mine aint so fancy, but it's what comes out the tap that counts.
2004-07-14 05:36:33 AM  
I have about two hundred, including my corny kegs, but I homebrew. You pay a deposit on the Co2 bottle, and buy the plumming. Bring it home, take a 1" hole saw to the fridge and mount the tap. Run your hoses from the Co2, keg and etc... pretty easy.
2004-07-14 07:12:29 AM  
menace to sobriety
2004-07-14 07:30:28 AM  
To any interested Ontario Farkers...

My friends and I have built several of these... in fact, they are our typical housewarming project.

It's really easy in Ontario. Go to the main beer store in your city (you'll have to call to find out which one is the main depot) and tell them "me want keg fridge."

They have a kit right there... it has all the hardware, the regulator, plumbing, etc. You just need a hole saw, a fridge, a keg, CO2, and some patience... it takes a while to get a keg cold.
2004-07-14 07:41:04 AM  
anyone with one to sell in DC area, hit me up.
i'm lazy from drinking too much beer, and not
very creative.
2004-07-14 08:03:03 AM  
Just remember, if you are in PA, don't tell your doctor
about the "keg fridge"!
2004-07-14 08:03:33 AM  
i have the email address of
yuengling at gmail dot com
will trade for beer.
2004-07-14 08:40:15 AM  
The first keg in my kegerator lasted nine days. The second keg lasted 11 days. I think the longest a keg has lasted me is 21 days and I was out of town for 4 of those days.

The only thing that sucks is the mold problem in the tap. It sucks to have large black chunks floating around in your beer.

And what is up with all the Yuengling drinking farkers. I call those dead Chinese soldiers who ironically shop at Wal-Mart.

Shrub sucks.
2004-07-14 08:52:14 AM  
I had a kegerator in my old college house, it was really nice to have, but we drank the beer so fast we were constantly changing kegs. It eventually became a hassle. We also had a problem with mold in the tap, and being the lazy college students we were we never bothered to clean the hose. mmmmmm... beer mold.
We eventually stopped using it and went back to our old standard choices of Natty Ice and High Life.

Hint on kegerators: Put the tap on the side of the fridge like Arnold T Pants' kegerator. Whoever built the one I used put the tap on the door and it caused some problems.
2004-07-14 08:58:04 AM  
This is great, i wish there was a site dedicated to people showing off their home-built draft rigs. I'm planning one soon, myself, but can't decide if I should get a cheap, efficient, newer fridge or a power-hungry, but classicly rounded old one like that craigerator started as. Those vintage ones seem like muscle cars of the same era, but probably require a lot more work.

/How hard is it to change couplers, so i can switch to Guinness from time to time?
2004-07-14 09:18:34 AM  
My roommate and I built one, we got a $35 fridge from the Salvation Army and a kit off of Ebay for about $200 (it had everything including the CO2 tank) + shipping. Make sure you get the valve with the two gauges, so that you can see system pressure and the amount of CO2 left. That keeps you from running out.

Great investment. We average about a keg every 6 weeks, depending on how much hosting we do, and football season kicks up to about every 4 weeks. If we have a stretch where we know drinking will be down (i.e. one of us will be out of town for a while) we just get a 1/4 barrel.

The beer starts turning after about 60 days, and you do need to clean the lines to avoid "floaties" but that is it. Ours is set up right next to my M.A.M.E./Golden Tee cabinet so I can refill without leaving my game. Sweet!

The shiatty part is he is moving out in a few weeks and taking it with him.
2004-07-14 09:23:52 AM  
End Times are Here!: Black chunks in your beer? Unnacceptable. I like to call my little preventative measure "cleaning the tap". Before each keg I break down the whole system and clean it in baking's easy and works perfectly. If you do this then my guess is that you have a tower style tap and you're not getting enough cold air to the tower.

As for saving money this way (yes I have one) you're nuts. All it does is allow you to drink beer more quickly. (Not that there is anything wrong with that) Do not plan on saving money, just plan on falling in love with it.

For those seriously interested, I suggest a chest freezer conversion since chest freezers can easily hit the temperatures needed to keep the beer fresh while I've read about some of the older stand fridges having trouble staying there.

I went to and bought all of my stuff. I'm in it for about $300 not including the freezer which I got for free.

Yuengling rocks BTW.

2004-07-14 09:27:06 AM  
CabFwdFace If you're going Guinness then get a seperate setup since that's a nitrogen system. I recommend a chest freezer with a dual tap tower so that you can have 2 kegs: Guinness in one and regular beer in the other.
2004-07-14 09:39:17 AM  
Since I homebrew and keg in the 5 gal kegs that Coke/Pepsi used to use, the best way to go is just to get a large chest freezer (equipped with an external thermostat.) They run from 200-400 bux, and I can get 8 kegs of brew in them, along with a case or two of bottles on "the hump" where the compressor is. It is a delight to have 15+ gal of beer, but it is a horrible sound to hear when the keg goes dry.
2004-07-14 09:39:27 AM  
The only real difference in a nitrogen tank and a CO2 tank is that a nitrogen tank is made of steel while a CO2 tank is made of aluminum. Here's the interesting bit:

I am pretty sure that you can put either CO2 or nitrogen in a steel tank. You cannot put nitrogen in an aluminum tank. This means that if you ever think you would want to do a guinness keg, go ahead and spring for a steel tank early on. It's a bit more expensive, but you can use it for both, whereas if you have aluminum (as I do) you will have to buy a new tank before you can dispence "Irish Nectar."

I wrote a piece on this whole subject a couple of years ago. It's general but might save you some bucks. It's here if you want it. I also wrote a story about beer in general here.

I've been making beer for over 5 years (though not much in the past couple) and have had a kegerator for about 3, so ask questions if you have 'em. I like to do things on the cheap, so I am full of advice.
2004-07-14 09:41:50 AM  

I disagree re: saving money. I have found that by getting the beers I like (i.e., good american micro or foreign brews) I can save about 40-50% off buying the same amount of beer by the bottle.
2004-07-14 10:06:42 AM  
Looks fun, I just wish it was cheaper...
2004-07-14 10:13:10 AM  
My brother had one a few years ago. Damn, I should have took the thing when he got married. Fark would have been the place to make a profit on it!
2004-07-14 10:24:32 AM  
Of course, I forgot about the Nitro! thanks for the tip. But you reminded me of another question: Can you make any beer into a nitro-brew simply by substituting Nitro for CO2? Would it result in a given beer being smoother and creamier, as seems characteristic of nitro-brews like Guinness, Boddington's, Murphy's, Belhaven, and caffrey's?
2004-07-14 10:26:00 AM  
Welp, I only have one thing to contribute to this thread, but it's specific and useful.

Don't waste money on the dual gauge regulator. The CO2 tank will always be at the same pressure until it's empty, because there's liquid in the bottom - the liquid will continually 'boil' to keep the pressure in the tank at a given value, for a given temperature. The gauge will only start to go down when you have about 2 beers left to pour.

The most practical way to find out how much is left in your CO2 tank is to weigh it. But they're only $10 to fill, so you might as well just stop by and get it filled every 5 kegs or so.
2004-07-14 10:49:06 AM  
Hey Flan, another Texas farker here with a peach wheat in the secondary now.
2004-07-14 10:55:30 AM  
Best place for this stuff:
2004-07-14 10:58:05 AM  
if buying/building one is too expensive, you can always steal one from a country club like some of my friends did. $2000 setup for $0. i on the other had just sold the one that my roommates i used for $175. at our house of 8 guys we normally went through a keg a week and included the kegs in our house utilities log.
2004-07-14 11:16:00 AM  
I prefer the flexibility and commercial-quality refrigeration that a vending-machine based kegerator gives you. Plus, it solves the problem of who pays for the beer, and also vends bottles and cans of beer or other beverages for the non-drinkers (or for the people who want something other than what is in the kegs anyway)

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2004-07-14 11:21:17 AM  
Q: How long is the shelf life of a properly stored keg of your beer in a home kegerator?

A: Assuming you are using a CO2 tap, your keg should last from 90-120 days. On the other hand if you are using a self pump tap, it will only last about 24 hours.

90-120 days? You gotta be kidding! 90-120 hours i would have thought.

/me got paid 1 keg of Stella Artois for some web work he did for his local pub
/lasted me 4 weeks
2004-07-14 11:29:26 AM  
*some web work I did

Damn, talking about myself in the 3rd person again
2004-07-14 12:27:39 PM  
Currently off line, but I love that I can get it going again whenever I want.

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2004-07-14 12:43:38 PM  
This guy has definitely gone the extra mile:
2004-07-14 12:54:12 PM  

The guy who built that kegbot is one of my best friends. He recently added a new feature that plays audio files based on how much beer you pour. 12 oz. = "oh yeah" and 24 oz. = "holy shiat!".
2004-07-14 01:23:08 PM  
Kegerators are cool. My dream would be an old 1940's white and chrome fridge...but they are getting expensive and hard to find in working order. Just wouldn't be the same with a $80 dorm fridge.
2004-07-14 01:30:26 PM  
i'm genuinely impressed, inspired, and now, thirsty.

/was thinking of going the route of micro + digital scale = number of beers remaining and temperature log, since those are most important to me.
2004-07-14 01:53:13 PM  
You MUST be single.... You have insect foggers under yout toaster??!!??!
2004-07-14 02:12:24 PM first link to be approved...i'm tingling in special places.
2004-07-14 03:02:30 PM  
Kegs are effin' illegal in Utah!

2004-07-14 08:17:44 PM  
What kind of a retard couldn't figure this out all by his lonesome?
You've gotta be pretty stupid not to get this done!!
Drunk or stupid, both seem the same......................
2004-07-14 09:51:14 PM  
I have one of these and it is the greatest, especially during football season because Colorado doesn't sell beer on Sundays. It cost me $200 out the door. I scored the fridge free from a buddy (keep your ears and eyes open, one will turn up). The $200 is what the whole kit cost from Superior Products ( After that, your costs are filling the keg and re-filling the CO2. You will only have to deal with the CO2 about once a year... and it only costs about $15 to re-fill at a fire extinguisher place. You have your instructions, now go... do!

You will also save a lot of money and have some great parties when you can say "let's just go back to my place, the kegerator is full!"
2004-07-14 11:41:22 PM  
Isn't this a requirement class in college nowadays?
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