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Old 05-10-2007, 02:43 AM   #1
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I just got the okay to purchase or build a kegerator from the wife. I've been thinking about buying the Haier BrewMaster, which was rated kegerators.com best kegerator. I want to be able to use 1/2 barrels and cornies. With the Haier at Menards for $499, I'll eventually upgrade it to a three tap system.

Has anyone had any experience with the Haier? Or other suggestions for me?

I don't have any kegging equipment at the moment and am still bottling.

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Old 05-10-2007, 02:50 AM   #2
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I just replied to your other thread with a big negative response on the Haier.

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Old 05-10-2007, 03:01 AM   #3
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I picked up mine at Costco a couple years back for $449. I had to take off the thermostat and turn a set screw to get it cold enough. Other than that, It's pretty good except the occasional defrosting of the cooling plate in the back of the unit and if I ever want to go 1/2 barrel again, I'm set to go.

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I had to take off the thermostat and turn a set screw to get it cold enough.
I tried that with mine. It still didn't get cold enough.
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:08 PM   #5
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Maybe it was borked, which could explain the $200 price tag you got it for.


Bought my Haier used and have been very happy with it.

My one complaint: the wheels are cheap--- don't hold up well to being pushed around with 15 gallons of beer in it. Then again-- I imagine that the designers never figured someone would load it up and push it around between a bunch of different parties at a hotel.

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I think the price is just fine, but you're not exactly getting top quality faucets/reg as far as I can tell. I went the chest freezer route and I'm pretty darn happy with it. There are a lot of different models to choose from and they all have different internal dimensions which should solve whatever usage you intend. It will be a little more expensive but you get to choose your faucets, regulator, etc.

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Maybe it was borked, which could explain the $200 price tag you got it for.
Nope, it was just on clearance. It worked, it just never worked well until I fixed it up.
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you're not exactly getting top quality faucets/reg
Further proving my point that it's a cheaply made kegerator...
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I noticed the cheap faucet and regulator on the Haier. Both of which I would replace. As for the overall quality of the Haier, I've heard mixed review about the product. Most have been positive though.

I'm going to look a little more closely at the freezer opinion. I found a bunch pretty cheap on craigslist. And after modifying the freezer, the price will be cheaper overall than modifying the Haier.

But I don't want to think about it too long, I really am looking forward to drinking my homebrew out of a faucet. I'll let you know what I end up doing. I'm about 50/50 at the moment. Where before, I was leaning more toward the Haier.

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kornkob,

Can you Haier fit 3 cornies and the CO2 tank? I was thinking of going the 3 faucet route. Bears rule!!!

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I can fit 3 in mine, and I bet I could squeeze a 4th in.

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