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Were interested in picking one up for our house. We don't want a full fridge, just something big enough for a full or half keg. Any tips on where to get one? Is Craigslist a good idea, or should we go new? Are they difficult to make yourself, or is it best to go with a prepackaged setup? Thanks suque, and cheers!
I just bought a Summit from BeverageFactory.com and am about to get it installed. Two taps, drain on top, lined up through the counter top.
The biggest thing you have to decide on buying one is free standing vs under counter. Mine is under the counter, but it's much easier to install the tower with free standing. Mine can hold one full or half, or two 1/6 kegs. My niece's husband is a home brew guy, and they have a 7 tap bar in their basement. He told me what pulls, connectors, drain, etc. to get with the kegerator.
As far a make your own, I've seen them made from old dishwashers, washing machines, and freezers. Not sure how you keep the kegs cold in those setups, guess you pack them with ice.
We got one from home goods. Easy and cheap.
It depends on if space is an issue, where you want to put it, etc. New/used doesn't really matter, if you go used I'd probably replace the line at least though, because who knows how clean whoever you bought it from kept it.
I had to replace the whole line/coupler/tap system a couple months ago, cost around $100, but its back to operational again. Metro Wine and Spirits in Adams Morgan is my keg go-to, we've done Boulevard Tank 7, Great Lakes, Brooklyn Lager, etc over the past couple months. I do kinda wish I got a 2-tap system, maybe a future upgrade.
For those that have them, where do you go for CO2? I'd like to find a place in DC and avoid driving out to like Bladensburg or Rockville.
Any good tips on where to find a good, cheap 6-8 foot bar?
Go to your local lumber yard and buy a solid core door slab (it will be 6-8) in the wood specie of your choice, 1 3/4 or 1 3/8, doesn't matter. While you're there see if they have a sheet of matching plywood in a 4 x 8 sheet. Build a u-shaped frame out of 2 x 4 material, cut the plywood into three pieces 1 - 6 x 4 and 2 - 1 x 4. Wrap the frame with the plywood, put the door on top. Add any moulding you want or bar rail and apply finish. Wallah
I built a kegerator (http://maryland.247sports.com/Board/56/Official-Beer-Drinking-Thread-59238/56) and documented it in the beer thread...a few pages later there is a finished picture.
I think it cost me about $500 to build it myself (the freezer was free), but it's been worth every penny. I also used parts that are way overkill for the actual setup. There is a 0% chance I have to replace anything on thee except for the actual freezer in my lifetime.
The last 5 gallon brew we did cost me $17 in ingredients and it's about ~45 beers. If I were to buy a 5 gallon keg of commercial beer it would range from $45-120 depending on what brand I got.
@jburd any place that does welding will carry CO2 tanks. I have a small 5lb tank, which is all I need to power 3 taps.
I don't think we'd need anything to go under a counter. This is going to go in our basement, so a freestanding unit is ok. We are currently renting, so building an entire bar around the unit may not be necessary.
At what point is it worth it to get a kegerator? Currently, we go through about 3 30 packs a week. When we have parties (1-2 a month) that number goes up. Man, typing that out makes me feel like a drunk.
This doesn't sound like it would be for you, but i am going to through it out there. Build yourself a keezer. My friend and I just built one for his garage, and it is amazing. If you brew your own beer and do a lot of it that is the way to go. If you buy your own and like to have more than 2 on tap it is perfect. We have 6 taps total, with one being a stout tap which does make a world of difference.
I never heard the term keezer before but that's what I have. If I were to do it again, I would have had more than one tap. Do you have pics of yours?
I don't here at work. I will have to get some when i get home, but we built it with directions form northern brewer. It looks almost identical to the finish product here. I think others call them kreezer's??
That's looks really nice. I just cut a hole in the top of the freezer and mounted a tower tap. I have a really nice looking bar and a ghetto looking kegerator behind it (well 'had' a ghetto kegerator behind it. With a baby on the way, it was decided that we needed a chest freezer more than a kegerator).
Mine is also a Keezer...
Here's a pic, it's painted in chalk board paint so you can just write on it.
Wow, I wish I would have done that instead. Did you raise the top up and add a wood insert or wrap wood around the freezer?
i like the chalk board paint idea. We just have the dry erase tap handles.
Yeap, we built a 2' collar around the entire thing and then just mounted the top of the freezer onto the kegerator. He's different angles where you can see the collar
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