Hi all, this is my first thread on this forum and I hope I posted in the appropriate section. Anyway, I am new to home brewing and I have been kegging my beers so I wanted to find a nice kegerator to keep inside. I found a pre built one at Costco for $369 including a 5lb co2 tank and regulator. I started doing some research and I read some not so great reviews but I decided to purchase anyway because Costco will let you return anything.
My experience with this kegerator has been great so far. I ordered a new 2 faucet tower with ss perlicks from keg connection and I did the insulated tower mod with copper piping. It's been in service for 1 week so far, so this isn't a good long term review but I will update as it ages. One of the negative things I read is that it's not great at keeping the beer cold. This has not been my experience so far, I actually froze the beer lines the first 24 hours I had kegs in there.
I have invested about $600 into this kegerator with the new tower and I don't think I could have built one for much cheaper, plus this was new. I'm somewhat handy but I don't have a lot of tools so it was much easier for me to buy one rather than build it, and I can return it if I ever have any issues.
Anyway, I just wanted to pass along my 2 cents on this since I read a lot of negative reviews.
It does have a bracket to have the co2 mounted on the back of the fridge but there is only 1 port for the co2 line in. I may re-do my gas lines and T them after it runs into the fridge if I get sick of having the co2 in the way of my kegs. Are there any advantages to having the gas outside?
I started having all sorts of issues with my regulator, so I took it apart to rebuild it... and I found quite a bit of corrosion, and one of the gauges was stuck as well. It was a really cheap regulator, and I'm sure that had a hand in its demise, but I'm sure it would have lasted longer in a less humid environment. I'll be keeping my tank outside the fridge from now on...
As a former brewery employee that's handled a few regulators, I've found that they all suck and break.
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I purchased the same fridge from Costco. I had an issue with the compressor a few months back and the sent me a whole new fridge set up. Co2 tank and all. I only had to return the fridge. So now I have a spare co2 tank .
I would say the fridge serves it's propose and keeps the beer cold. I will be upgrading to a 1 faucet tower in the future same as OP did.
You would be able to fit 3 corny kegs at most if you store the co2 tank on the outside.