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60sd 07-30-2012 04:49 AM

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Here we go:

The Fridge is a POS, but it works and it stays cold. I mostly bought this one because I got all the parts I need with it.

The pics show what it looked like when I got it. I had to take the shank and faucet off to get it through the door at the house where I bought it. Today, I took a swing at stripping the paint. (Yes, thats silver spray paint on one side, I have no idea why anyone would do that...) I had a can of spray on paint stripper, but that was proving to be messier and more labor intensive than I wanted. I picked up a can of brush on gel stripper and applied that. The label says it takes 30 min to 24 hours to fully lift the paint. I'm gonna let it sit overnight and check it in the morning.

Regarding the low pressure regulators, it just seems like they are expensive... I would have guessed it would be around $100, but it would have been a shot in the dark guess, I had no idea.

Regarding the 20 lb tank, how do you guys plumb the gas line? I have seen set ups with the 5lb tank on the top shelf of the fridge, so everything is contained inside. With a 20lb tank, it would cut into the keg capacity if I put it inside the fridge. If I keep it, which is sounding like the recommendation, should I drill another hole in the side of the fridge and run the gas line in from the outside?

Thanks again for the help!


60sd 07-30-2012 04:49 AM

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Here we go:

The Fridge is a POS, but it works and it stays cold. I mostly bought this one because I got all the parts I need with it.

The pics show what it looked like when I got it. I had to take the shank and faucet off to get it through the door at the house where I bought it. Today, I took a swing at stripping the paint. (Yes, thats silver spray paint on one side, I have no idea why anyone would do that...) I had a can of spray on paint stripper, but that was proving to be messier and more labor intensive than I wanted. I picked up a can of brush on gel stripper and applied that. The label says it takes 30 min to 24 hours to fully lift the paint. I'm gonna let it sit overnight and check it in the morning.

Regarding the low pressure regulators, it just seems like they are expensive... I would have guessed it would be around $100, but it would have been a shot in the dark guess, I had no idea.

Regarding the 20 lb tank, how do you guys plumb the gas line? I have seen set ups with the 5lb tank on the top shelf of the fridge, so everything is contained inside. With a 20lb tank, it would cut into the keg capacity if I put it inside the fridge. If I keep it, which is sounding like the recommendation, should I drill another hole in the side of the fridge and run the gas line in from the outside?

Thanks again for the help!


nasty_rabbit 08-05-2012 11:05 PM

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+ 1 on the dead mouse especially if the fridge was stored in a garage. As for the harbor freight regulators, I have a 20 pounder hooked to the kegerator with a good 2 gauge regulator but got a HF cheapo for my 5 pound back up. I had to change out the tank fitting as they are argon/ CC2 regulators and are set up for argon. The replacement fitting comes with the regulator. Also, the low pressure gauge from HF is a flow gauge, that needs swapped for a 0 to 60 psi gauge. You may be able to find that at a pool supply store. Multiple regulators are nice but not necessary if serving similar styles of beer but variety is nice. I used a manifold up until I keged water for soda, it carbs and serves at 30 psi so I had to alter the pressures.
Hook up the 20 and buy a 5 when you can. Buy or build a manifold for now and save up for a regulator bank in the future.
Brew often because it seems that kegs empty faster than bottles ( I think it's because I don't count pints but empty bottles stare back at me ).


nasty_rabbit 08-05-2012 11:05 PM

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+ 1 on the dead mouse especially if the fridge was stored in a garage. As for the harbor freight regulators, I have a 20 pounder hooked to the kegerator with a good 2 gauge regulator but got a HF cheapo for my 5 pound back up. I had to change out the tank fitting as they are argon/ CC2 regulators and are set up for argon. The replacement fitting comes with the regulator. Also, the low pressure gauge from HF is a flow gauge, that needs swapped for a 0 to 60 psi gauge. You may be able to find that at a pool supply store. Multiple regulators are nice but not necessary if serving similar styles of beer but variety is nice. I used a manifold up until I keged water for soda, it carbs and serves at 30 psi so I had to alter the pressures.
Hook up the 20 and buy a 5 when you can. Buy or build a manifold for now and save up for a regulator bank in the future.
Brew often because it seems that kegs empty faster than bottles ( I think it's because I don't count pints but empty bottles stare back at me ).


nasty_rabbit 08-05-2012 11:05 PM

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+ 1 on the dead mouse especially if the fridge was stored in a garage. As for the harbor freight regulators, I have a 20 pounder hooked to the kegerator with a good 2 gauge regulator but got a HF cheapo for my 5 pound back up. I had to change out the tank fitting as they are argon/ CC2 regulators and are set up for argon. The replacement fitting comes with the regulator. Also, the low pressure gauge from HF is a flow gauge, that needs swapped for a 0 to 60 psi gauge. You may be able to find that at a pool supply store. Multiple regulators are nice but not necessary if serving similar styles of beer but variety is nice. I used a manifold up until I keged water for soda, it carbs and serves at 30 psi so I had to alter the pressures.
Hook up the 20 and buy a 5 when you can. Buy or build a manifold for now and save up for a regulator bank in the future.
Brew often because it seems that kegs empty faster than bottles ( I think it's because I don't count pints but empty bottles stare back at me ).


nasty_rabbit 08-05-2012 11:05 PM

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+ 1 on the dead mouse especially if the fridge was stored in a garage. As for the harbor freight regulators, I have a 20 pounder hooked to the kegerator with a good 2 gauge regulator but got a HF cheapo for my 5 pound back up. I had to change out the tank fitting as they are argon/ CC2 regulators and are set up for argon. The replacement fitting comes with the regulator. Also, the low pressure gauge from HF is a flow gauge, that needs swapped for a 0 to 60 psi gauge. You may be able to find that at a pool supply store. Multiple regulators are nice but not necessary if serving similar styles of beer but variety is nice. I used a manifold up until I keged water for soda, it carbs and serves at 30 psi so I had to alter the pressures.
Hook up the 20 and buy a 5 when you can. Buy or build a manifold for now and save up for a regulator bank in the future.
Brew often because it seems that kegs empty faster than bottles ( I think it's because I don't count pints but empty bottles stare back at me ).


nasty_rabbit 08-05-2012 11:05 PM

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+ 1 on the dead mouse especially if the fridge was stored in a garage. As for the harbor freight regulators, I have a 20 pounder hooked to the kegerator with a good 2 gauge regulator but got a HF cheapo for my 5 pound back up. I had to change out the tank fitting as they are argon/ CC2 regulators and are set up for argon. The replacement fitting comes with the regulator. Also, the low pressure gauge from HF is a flow gauge, that needs swapped for a 0 to 60 psi gauge. You may be able to find that at a pool supply store. Multiple regulators are nice but not necessary if serving similar styles of beer but variety is nice. I used a manifold up until I keged water for soda, it carbs and serves at 30 psi so I had to alter the pressures.
Hook up the 20 and buy a 5 when you can. Buy or build a manifold for now and save up for a regulator bank in the future.
Brew often because it seems that kegs empty faster than bottles ( I think it's because I don't count pints but empty bottles stare back at me ).


nasty_rabbit 08-05-2012 11:05 PM

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+ 1 on the dead mouse especially if the fridge was stored in a garage. As for the harbor freight regulators, I have a 20 pounder hooked to the kegerator with a good 2 gauge regulator but got a HF cheapo for my 5 pound back up. I had to change out the tank fitting as they are argon/ CC2 regulators and are set up for argon. The replacement fitting comes with the regulator. Also, the low pressure gauge from HF is a flow gauge, that needs swapped for a 0 to 60 psi gauge. You may be able to find that at a pool supply store. Multiple regulators are nice but not necessary if serving similar styles of beer but variety is nice. I used a manifold up until I keged water for soda, it carbs and serves at 30 psi so I had to alter the pressures.
Hook up the 20 and buy a 5 when you can. Buy or build a manifold for now and save up for a regulator bank in the future.
Brew often because it seems that kegs empty faster than bottles ( I think it's because I don't count pints but empty bottles stare back at me ).


60sd 08-11-2012 12:51 AM

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here's some before and after pics, or before and during...


60sd 08-11-2012 12:51 AM

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here's some before and after pics, or before and during...



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