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Old 03-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default Going to buy a kegerator, any thing to watch out for?

I want to keep two beers on tap, in 5 gal kegs. I see lots of brands out there, and some widely varying prices.

Are there any I should watch out for? I'm assuming all the major brands are decent at least. Any that are extra recommended?

For example, one website has a dual-tap kegerator for $600, and another one for $1800. The $1800 is the "professional" model. What does it have that is worth the extra $1200? And is it worth it for a home brewer?

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Old 03-10-2013, 12:49 AM   #2
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Just build one.

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:42 AM   #3
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I built one for under $250.

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:45 AM   #4
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I made the mistake of paying $600 for a pre-built kegerator, first one... I've since built a 3 tap kegerator and 5 tap keezer. It's easy and way cheaper (thank you, Craigslist).

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:50 AM   #5
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/new-...2013-a-396014/

This Danby is on Amazon for about $200. Fits 1 without modification, and will fit 2 if you cut the door shelves out.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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Will you only be using soda kegs in it or would you like the option to fit a half barrel? If your only using soda kegs you may want to look into some of the build threads and convert a mini fridge. Odds are you can build it a lot cheaper with better faucets and regulator than the $600 pre-built. If you like the option for a half pre-built is probably a better option. As far as the difference between the $600 & $1800 biggest difference is probably name and quality. They likely have better temperature control, internal drainage from you drip tray, a cooled tower and bigger in size. It also may last you 2x or 3x times as long as the cheaper model. Is it worth it, who knows?? Odds are your needs may change long before either kegerator quits and you may want a keezer or other custom option that the extra $1200 would be better spent on.

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #7
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Default You can have my kegerator

Not sure where you live, but I am in Midtwon Manhattan (New York City) and I have a kegerator that I am not using anymore. I got it from BestBuy a few years ago, it was working fine (only complaint was that it was difficult sometimes to adjust the settings to get the right amount of foam when pouring - but I am really no expert). I have not used the kegerator in two years (I no longer drink beer as much as I used to). It's been sitting in my living room since. I am not looking to make a profit, just to get rid of it. You can use it as is, or take it for parts. It currently uses a Stella coupler (was my beer of choice, but I still have the regular coupler that came with it). I am giving everything away (kegerator, o2 tank, shelves to make it a regular fridge, cleaning kit, etc.). But you are responsible to come and get it, I have no car or truck but I will gladly help carry it (it's on wheels which helps a lot). NOTE: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET - NO RETURN - YOU TAKE IT AND IT'S YOURS.

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Not sure where you live, but I am in Midtwon Manhattan (New York City) and I have a kegerator that I am not using anymore. I got it from BestBuy a few years ago, it was working fine (only complaint was that it was difficult sometimes to adjust the settings to get the right amount of foam when pouring - but I am really no expert). I have not used the kegerator in two years (I no longer drink beer as much as I used to). It's been sitting in my living room since. I am not looking to make a profit, just to get rid of it. You can use it as is, or take it for parts. It currently uses a Stella coupler (was my beer of choice, but I still have the regular coupler that came with it). I am giving everything away (kegerator, o2 tank, shelves to make it a regular fridge, cleaning kit, etc.). But you are responsible to come and get it, I have no car or truck but I will gladly help carry it (it's on wheels which helps a lot). NOTE: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET - NO RETURN - YOU TAKE IT AND IT'S YOURS.
I really wish they had a classifieds section on the forum for people to sell and buy used stuff.
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I live far away, thanks though.

To make my own, I just need to get a decent mini-fridge, and drill a hole in the top? It can't really be that simple.

The goal is to handle 2 cornelius kegs at a time, with an internal co2 bottle. $600 seems to be about the right price if I buy one somewhere. I suspect that I could buy premium parts, and a better mini-fridge, for that same $600, right?

edit: I drink mostly wheat beers, and those only need to be chilled to the upper 40's. Also, an occasional stout or porter, which also likes the higher temps. Is this an issue? All of these commercial ones will run at that temp, right?

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Old 03-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #10
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I would not recommend buying a prebuilt one.. They come with crap parts you will have to replace, such as faucets regulators hose length. Build it yourself if at all possible. Ccheck out the fridgedaire 4.4 kegerator thread here on hbt and kegconnection

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