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Old 04-28-2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Ease of Going from Sanke Kegerator to Homebrew Kegerator

I have a very simple and straight-forward question: how easy is it to take a commercial kegerator on craigslist and convert it to a homebrew kegerator?

I’m thinking of getting one of the kegerators listed on craigslist here: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/s...uery=kegerator and getting an adapter from here: http://stores.kegconnection.com/Cate...Keg+Conversion.

Does anyone see a problem with that plan?

I have done a load of research on the various options I have when I start kegging and I’m aware of the differences between sankes and cornies. I’ve looked into the Sanyo 4912 method, and I cannot see how buying one of those for $209 at best buy (best price that I can find) and getting a conversion kit from micromatic.com or beveragefactory.com is cheaper than getting a kegerator on craigslist and converting it. I know that there can be space/height issues.

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Old 04-28-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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Should work.

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:28 PM   #3
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Will it be easy? Anyone else have any advice on converting sanke to homebrew?

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:33 PM   #4
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I would think, assuming it's tall enough to accomodate a cornie, it would just be a matter of changing out the sanke fitting for a couple of ball lock fittings and possibly changing out some hoses if the size isn't right.

But I can't afford keging stuff yet, so what do I know...

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I converted a factory made kegerator. Here are the things to consider:

- You will likley be able to fit more than one corny in there. For a nice clean build, you should swap out the single tower for a dual or triple (depending on how many can fit.

- You should consider getting a dual regulator or gas manifold so that you can have all of the kegs gassed.

- You should buy new beer line and liquid and gas disconnects.

It was a pretty easy job, and I got a good deal on it. In retrospect I would go this route again.

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:51 PM   #6
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Cut the lines and swap out the connectors and your good to go. I have a Danby and the swap took about 10 minutes. You should be able to fit more then one Cornie so you will probably want another tap or 2. I currently use a picnic tap for kegs 2 and 3. Someday I will get a 3 tap tower.

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Old 04-28-2008, 10:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the quick and helpful replies everyone. My follow-up question: will this be fine if it's a full fridge with taps on the wall?

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