Originally Posted by JamieScanlon
I've been looking into kegerators lately but I have two problems with them. The only space I have for one is in my basement but I don't want to run down there every time I want to have a beer. And, it seems like an awful waste of energy to keep my kegs refrigerated 24/7.
So I was thinking what I really needed was a fridge-less beer chiller, something like a tankless water heater, only for cooling liquid rather than heating it. It would be small so could mount it anywhere I want to put the tap and run a line down to the kegs in the basement. It would also be a ton more energy efficient if it only cooled the beer as I poured it.
Does anybody know if anybody has tried to make something like this? It does not seem like it would be all that difficult, but I'm wondering if there would be any drawbacks to chilling beer this way or if anybody has any ideas about how I would go about building one?
What you would save on energy use you would spend on co2, cold liquids carbonate better then warm, if you check around freezers use about 1.2-4.2 amps the lower the amps the cheaper it is to run. Volts x Amps= Watts so 110 volts at 3 amps =330 watts. Now take that times Hours times days divided by 1000. 330x24x365=2890.80 so roughly 3kw. so check your electric bill and see what you pay per Kw, Mine is .08 per so less then $40 a year for cold beer SUPER CHEAP IN MINE WORLD.