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Old 06-08-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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Hi there. Getting parts together for a kegging system and have to still get replacement rings for the corny kegs and...something to chill with. (ok, and a regulator thermostat)

As a first-timer, do people suggest a fridge or a freezer? I suppose a large chest freezer will give more room once I get hooked on kegging...

Thoughts / votes? (and reasons? ie: access, etc.)

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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If you want it in the house in a small area, minifridge
if you have the space, Chest freezer

you can get a cehst freezer that will hold 4 kegs without a colar for about the same price as a minifridge that will only hold 2. then when you get hooked, and want more, you add a collar and then can fit 6, and even upgrade to faucets rather than cobra taps.

If you do a chest freezer, I would recomend starting witht he cobra taps, they are alot easier to maintain than a faucet that does not get used daily.

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Thanks. And, excuse the noobieness, but "collar"? And cobra taps, I gotta do my homework!

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Thanks. And, excuse the noobieness, but "collar"? And cobra taps, I gotta do my homework!

cobra taps are the little plastic "Picnic" taps


as to the colar.... it is a ring that sits between the lid and top of the chest freezer to make it deeper. It also allows you to pass your gas line in to the chest freezer, as well as a place to mount faucets.

With colar and faucets


Without colar, using Cobra Taps
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Chest freezer. Unless you really do your homework and get the correct mini fridge, you run the risk of ending up with the wrong kind. I got one cheap off of CL that ended up having a metal plate freezer. Despite that people said I could just bend the freezer back, it didn't work right. The coolant line popped making the fridge useless.

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Old 06-08-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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Aha! Cobra...picnic tap. Yep, looks like a cobra! Gotcha.

And sweet collar---is that your own setup? (assuming so)

Nicely done!

Yeah, I have to talk the wife into getting a newer, smaller freezer, so I can use the BIG one for storing my brews...and not having to have food sit at the bottom of a freezer and forget about it. Works on both fronts!


by the way..Newcastle Brown...mmmmmmm

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Keeping the CO2 in the cooler? Benefit or just to hide it?

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Danby 4.4 works perfect for a kegerator. I like the tower look better myself and it can be converted relatively easily. Fits 2 kegs and a 5# co2 no problem and no coolant lines along the top.

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And sweet collar---is that your own setup? (assuming so)

Keeping the CO2 in the cooler? Benefit or just to hide it?
Not my setup, just a picture I found to show you. My setup is a 7.2CF MagicChef with no colar. I open the lid and dispense from a cobra tap. 4 kegs, a 5lb tank, and about a dozen cold pint glasses fit easily inside.

There is no benefit to keeping the CO2 insde other than to hide it. the benefit to keeping it outside, is you get more room.
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If you have the room get a freezer. I have a sanyo minifridge with 2 taps and I wish I had a freezer so I could have more!

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