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  1. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    So I've been looking around at some of the Kegerator kits at Best Buy, Walmart, etc....

    Most of them have mixed reviews and I'm not sure if I should buy one of these or convert an old fridge from Craigslist.

    Has anybody bought one recently? Wondering what your experience has been.
     
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    get an old chest freezer, swap the thermostat. go from there. you can get the lines, fittings, taps, etc from a homebrew supply company like northern brewer
     
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    to clarify - swap the thermostat for a refrigerator thermostat. IIRC its like a $20 part. that will turn it from a freezer to a refrigerator essentially.

    chest style is more energy efficient since you don't lose the cold air every time you open the door.
     
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    Some chest freezers have a set screw in the thermostat that you can dial back to keep it around 40*F without swapping anything out.

    I've bought three off Craigslist, turned two into kegerators and one into a fermentation chamber. Haven't had any issues, usually spend $50-$75 for one in good shape. Chest freezers are the way to go and build a wooden collar for the taps.

    Check out www.homebrewtalk.com
     
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  5. stosh

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    Ok cool, thats what I'll look into then.

    Thanks for the recommendation guys!
     
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  8. stosh

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    Can you guys post pics of your setups?
     
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    i don't have a setup. i'm from the internet.
     
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    actually i'm hoping to get one setup over the winter.
     
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    I like the chest freezer idea but I don't want to build a collar. Seems like everybody builds collars for them.
     
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    i've seen a few (more advanced / larger) setups where people have bored through the chest freezer wall, ran the hoses through the hole, then configured an insulated plug for the hole. the hoses were all then run to a normal style tap built into a home bar.
     
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    Collars are only as hard to make as you want. Some people get real fancy, since I live in an apartment I just had Home Depot cut the wood to length, use L-brackets to make the collar. Drill, stain, then more L-brackets to screw directly into the lid and silicone in the gaps. Found some clear plastic corner bump protectors, spray painted them black and just nailed to make the edges look pretty. Get some of that squishy foam strips for insulation where the collar meets the fridge, original hinges screw directly into the collar. You can have this done in a few hours start to finish.

    My two kegerators. The fermentation fridge also has a collar so I can get 4 kegs in there to ferment in, but it's just plain wood covered in stickers, nothing fancy.

    I can take more pics of the inside if you'd like. Ive since replaced the tap handles with plain black ones from a homebrew store, the wood ones were kind of a PITA.

    4-tap




    3-tap

     
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    Yeah there ya go, forgot I posted all that up already.

    I'll take a pic of the inside of my ferm chamber that's not all dolled up when I get home, you'll see just how easy it is.
     
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    You probably don't want to mess with drilling through fridge walls and risk hitting a line, that's just me though. Whatever route you decide let me know and I can just price out all the parts you'd need on www.ritebrew.com , you'll save a good chunk of change over those all-in-one kits.
     
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    photo(2).JPG

    Gives you a better idea of how simple it is under there. The kegerators I used 1/4" foam insulation and some reflective tape around the wood on the inside, not sure if it is worth it or not, although the ferm chamber stays mid 60's vs high 30's.
     
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  19. stosh

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    Thanks bro!

    UPDATE: Facebook to the rescue, I put out a call for used fridges and chest freezers and one popped up that a friend has. It's a fridge/freezer.
     
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    "She's a beaut' Clarke"
     
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    It's cool that they sell they Perlick faucets. I'll price a setup through them too!
     
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    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    photo.JPG photo (1).JPG photo (2).JPG I looked at different options when I built my outdoor bar. Found this Danby online for $535 shipped, no tax. Its a one piece I converted to a built in. Better yet, this was the second one they sent me. The first one came in dented in the rear, called them and they sent out a new one. They were supposed to pick up the bad one, but the shipping company refused. Sat in the box for a year in the garage and sold it for $400 as it worked perfect. Total cost..... $135:thumb:
     
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    Didn't read your post after I noticed you had it stocked with Hard Cider.






    *where'd you buy it?*
     
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    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    I don't know if they stock them anymore, Buyersedge.com
     
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    Looks like you're right.
    My friend just told me he has a fridge with a kegerator built into it I can have for free. I figure it's something to start with to see if a kegerator works for our usage.
     
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    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    It's Kona Longboard, nice summer type beer.
     
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    Looks like "the goat" to me. :rofl:

     
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    One great movie thats been totally overlooked! Great reference!
     
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    Stealth how much harder is it to brew all grain? I have been using friends discarded and bad beer to distill. I am interested in trying out an all grain method for making the booze base?
     
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    While I would love a Kegerator, I want a still more. I want to make some moonshine for "home use". :D
     
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    Well, distilling is illegal and I for sure can't help you with anything that has to do with that.

    BUT, if you wanted to make your own wort, well that's easy. The biggest thing is having a good thermometer. Pretty much crush up grains, add hot water, let it sit for an hour at 150*-155*, then drain it through a manifold to seperate the liquid from the grains. Plenty of ways to skin a cat here, personally I use a cooler with a CPVC manifold on the bottom. Google search how to make a mash tun.
     
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    Making wort for distilling is EASY. fwiw....

    making wort for beer is also easy but if you want consistent results you need to be consistent and as mentioned, a thermometer is needed. I paid 20 bucks for my digital one but my dial cheapo is just as accurate. digital is just easier to read.

    You can do Brew In A Bag (the bag replaces the false bottom/manifold).

    As skyst3alt said, it's EASY to make all grain beer.

    homebrewtalk.com
     
  36. stosh

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    First keg is down. Dang a 1/6th keg doesn't last long.
     
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    I was brewing 5 gals every other week when I was keeping Kegerator stocked. That was also when I was freelancing.

    I wish I the time now-a-days to keep up with that kind of volume.
     
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    Working hard on a beer belly?
     
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    I accomplished that a few years ago..... :stosh: