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Old 10-23-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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A co-worker has a Haier fridge that is 4 or so cubic feet. He says it's about a year old but only used for about 6 months. I don't plan to ever have more than two cornies loaded up...

This looks good: http://anojoneshomebrew.wordpress.co.../13/kegerator/

Trying to make out cheap.. It's white so it matches my current appliances so I can park it right in the kitchen.

I'm just starting out, haven't even ordered my equipment yet...but I figure if I like it - or if I don't having a kegerator is good times.

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Old 10-23-2007, 06:30 PM   #2
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If it has a freezer compartment, IMO it's a deal breaker.
Some people have managed to bend it down, but if you rupture the freon line, i't game over.

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Old 10-23-2007, 06:31 PM   #3
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Buy it - but do not try to make it cheap.
if it takes you a year to build then so be it - buy a new piece each month, till you have everything - then build it - otherwise you will spend more and more upgrading.

Take it from me - I did that - cost me 2x as much.

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Old 10-23-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Mine had the freezer in it and luckily I was able to bend it and it still works. I can fit 2 kegs in it. I had to do some handy work to the door and the insides, it's kind of ugly, had to put new insulation on the door, and still have to kick it into place sometimes, but it works. I paid $75 for it. Then about few weeks later I got a full size fridge for $50 that can hold my hops in its freezer compartment, my washed yeast in the door and 2 kegs (possibly 4 havn't tried) + 20lb co2 tank no problem

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:26 PM   #5
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If it will fit 2 cornies without issue - go for it. You'll save $125+ over buying a new 4.9 cubic foot mini-fridge.

However, you say it is 4 "or so" cubic feet. Probably not big enough at 4.0 - most of them converted fridges are closer to 5 cubic feet (4912 = 4.9 - Kenmore 4.9, etc).

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:35 PM   #6
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I haven't seen this one, but the dude tells me the freezer is in the upper right corner. I want something small, clean, and white - I have a lot of space in my kitchen (which leads out to yard and back in through the family room). If it isn't an eye-sore the wife will love it.

I hope I don't spend a year building it:
75.00-100.00 for a fridge
50.00-75.00 for 3 cornies (i'll probably keep the 3rd in my regular fridge for storage).
180.00-200.00 for a c02 kit..

damn maybe I should just buy one? Or am I over estimating? I haven't even calculated taps..

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Woohoo!

Some dude around the way has a Beer Meister, 100 bucks. Also found a few of the Avanti devices on craigslist for about 250, and one for 300..

So am I still better off building?

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Here's what I paid to start kegging:

$75 mini fridge
$100 4 cornies. Shipped. (kegconnection.com sale)
$100 20lb co2 tank filled. (welding supply shp)
$50 3 gauge regulator (ebay)
$35 gas disconnects disconnects and tubing and single picnic faucet (can switch between kegs manually).

Just paid $50 for a second full size fridge.

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Price depends on what you want...

Depends on your tap preferences (picnic tap versus single tower versus double tower versus shanks in a collar of a keezer), what quality parts you plan to use (e.g. forward seal v normal faucets), etc.

I'm sure you could build a kegerator out of a used CL fridge and cheap parts and a picnic tap for $200-300 without issue. Will it serve kegged homebrew - sure. Will it look good - maybe. Could it be much better with higher quality parts - definitely. If you are up for this trade up, go for saving a few bucks.

On the other hand, if you want a stainless, dual tapped tower, forward seal faucets, dual regulators to serve your kegs at different psi, and a brand-new mini-fridge (not dented like a used CL item might be), etc. then you will spend $600-700 to do it right... Will it serve homebrew - sure. Will it look good - definitely. Could it be made of much higher quality parts - it might be tough to upgrade if you use the right parts to begin with.

Theres definitely a trade off and this is another place where, "you get what you pay for" rings so true.

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Price depends on what you want...

Depends on your tap preferences (picnic tap versus single tower versus double tower versus shanks in a collar of a keezer), what quality parts you plan to use (e.g. forward seal v normal faucets), etc.

I'm sure you could build a kegerator out of a used CL fridge and cheap parts and a picnic tap for $200-300 without issue. Will it serve kegged homebrew - sure. Will it look good - maybe. Could it be much better with higher quality parts - definitely. If you are up for this trade up, go for saving a few bucks.

On the other hand, if you want a stainless, dual tapped tower, forward seal faucets, dual regulators to serve your kegs at different psi, and a brand-new mini-fridge (not dented like a used CL item might be), etc. then you will spend $600-700 to do it right... Will it serve homebrew - sure. Will it look good - definitely. Could it be made of much higher quality parts - it might be tough to upgrade if you use the right parts to begin with.

Theres definitely a trade off and this is another place where, "you get what you pay for" rings so true.
The only thing here that will make the beer better, honestly, is the faucets. But you can upgrade from picnic faucets to towers or shanks when the time comes, picnic faucets are cheap and do the trick while you need to save for those stunning towers you want. As I'm doing right now.

I can serve at different psi as well, which I think is a good idea and not much more to make this available. Worth the extra pennies at the beginning.
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