Home Brew Forums

Home Brew Forums (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum.php)
-   Kegerators and Keezers (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f252/)
-   -   No-drill enclosed kegerator (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f252/no-drill-enclosed-kegerator-366054/)

RacingRam 11-07-2012 06:01 AM

No-drill enclosed kegerator
 
2 Attachment(s)

Hey everyone! I've been brewing for about a year now and regularly lose sleep thinking about a new beer I want to brew. I've been lurking around HBT for quite a while now, but I thought I'd start a thread on a small DIY project I'm undertaking. I'd love your input/suggestions as I get it together.

Here's the deal: I'm a grad student and I live in a rented house. The house came with a spare fridge in the basement, which has sat empty since we moved in. Since it belongs to the landlord, I'm reluctant to start drilling holes in it. My plan is to build a kegerator inside the fridge, with taps available as soon as I open the door. Here's the fridge (you can see I'm racking my newest brew, Kal's Electric Pale Ale):

Attachment 82776

Being a grad student, this will be a 3 phase project to spread out the cost a little:

Phase 1: Corny + CO2 + Regulator + Picnic Tap = lamest kegerator ever. This is just to get the most expensive parts together. This morning I ordered a 5lb CO2 tank, one pin-lock corny, and a premium 2-keg basic kit with a dual regulator upgrade from KegConnection. The dual regulator might be overkill, but I thought it would be nice to be able to serve at different carb levels and I wanted to try to future-proof the setup as much as possible. I took out the door shelves and installed a simple floor, which seems to work well so far (that's a 5-gal carboy for scale):

Attachment 82777

Phase 2: False wall and Perlick faucet. I plan to put up a false wall inside the fridge a few inches inside the door and run faucets through it (with the kegs and CO2 tank behind it). I still need to figure out how I'm going to hinge it and keep it closed, as well as figure out lighting in front of it. I'm thinking about a rope light or LED strip across the top with a piece of moulding to make it look nice (any idea if I could power it from the existing interior light with a light socket/outlet adapter like this?).

Phase 3: Second keg and tap. I just can't help myself. Hopefully will be easy after installing the first.

So what do you guys think? Doable? Suggestions? Thanks!


RacingRam 11-07-2012 06:01 AM

No-drill enclosed kegerator
 
2 Attachment(s)

Hey everyone! I've been brewing for about a year now and regularly lose sleep thinking about a new beer I want to brew. I've been lurking around HBT for quite a while now, but I thought I'd start a thread on a small DIY project I'm undertaking. I'd love your input/suggestions as I get it together.

Here's the deal: I'm a grad student and I live in a rented house. The house came with a spare fridge in the basement, which has sat empty since we moved in. Since it belongs to the landlord, I'm reluctant to start drilling holes in it. My plan is to build a kegerator inside the fridge, with taps available as soon as I open the door. Here's the fridge (you can see I'm racking my newest brew, Kal's Electric Pale Ale):

Attachment 82776

Being a grad student, this will be a 3 phase project to spread out the cost a little:

Phase 1: Corny + CO2 + Regulator + Picnic Tap = lamest kegerator ever. This is just to get the most expensive parts together. This morning I ordered a 5lb CO2 tank, one pin-lock corny, and a premium 2-keg basic kit with a dual regulator upgrade from KegConnection. The dual regulator might be overkill, but I thought it would be nice to be able to serve at different carb levels and I wanted to try to future-proof the setup as much as possible. I took out the door shelves and installed a simple floor, which seems to work well so far (that's a 5-gal carboy for scale):

Attachment 82777

Phase 2: False wall and Perlick faucet. I plan to put up a false wall inside the fridge a few inches inside the door and run faucets through it (with the kegs and CO2 tank behind it). I still need to figure out how I'm going to hinge it and keep it closed, as well as figure out lighting in front of it. I'm thinking about a rope light or LED strip across the top with a piece of moulding to make it look nice (any idea if I could power it from the existing interior light with a light socket/outlet adapter like this?).

Phase 3: Second keg and tap. I just can't help myself. Hopefully will be easy after installing the first.

So what do you guys think? Doable? Suggestions? Thanks!


JJL 11-09-2012 03:02 PM

2 Attachment(s)

This is how mine is set up.

Attachment 83078



Attachment 83079


JJL 11-09-2012 03:02 PM

2 Attachment(s)

This is how mine is set up.

Attachment 83078



Attachment 83079


RacingRam 11-10-2012 11:58 PM

1 Attachment(s)

You guys have given me a lot to think about...JJL I really like your setup, might go with something similar. Gives room to store bottles, which is nice. Not sure if I want to mess around with replacing the door.

I got my kegging kit yesterday and filled up my CO2, cleaned out the corny, filled it up with some of Kal's Electric Pale Ale, and started carbing up!

Attachment 83346

Unfortunately either I screwed up hooking it up or KegConnection missed something assembling the kit because the 5lb CO2 tank was empty this morning. I'll have to get it refilled on Monday and try again after soaping it up and checking for bubbles.

With Taprite regulators, both the black part and the red part can turn. Is it safe to assume that I should only unscrew the red knob? I accidentally messed around with the black part before I hooked it up and might not have screwed it back in all the way.

Also, when carbing up, does it matter if I have the liquid side on the keg connected?


RacingRam 05-21-2013 04:36 PM

1 Attachment(s)

I know it's been a while, but I thought I'd post an update on the kegerator. It's working great!

Attachment 123431

There's enough room underneath the taps to put a carboy for cold crashing if I move the drip tray. I can fit maybe 20 bottles between the kegs and the drip tray otherwise. I also have perfect storage space for jars of washed yeast under the plywood floor.

My next step is to move the CO2 tank out of there and have a bulkhead going through the wall. I'm a little hesitant, as the fridge is so old I can't find any plans showing where the cooling coils are. I have tried looking for hot/cold spots with my infrared thermometer, but it's not clear where the coils are. I'll probably drill a small hole and poke a toothpick through to feel for coils. Once the CO2 is out, there will be tons of room for bottles or a carboy, even with the drop tray there.



All times are GMT. The time now is 05:16 PM.

Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.