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Old 01-29-2010, 12:07 AM   #1
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We are moving back to Tampa in a couple months, and one of my first orders of business is to put together a kegging system of some kind. I already know that SWMBO is going to give me grief about whatever I build, but she's just going to have to deal with it lol. So my options are 1) convert a mini-fridge to a 2 tap kegerator and keep it inside in the kitchen 2) keezer either somewhere inside or in the garage or 3) keezer outside under a covered lanai.

I'd much prefer a 4 tap keezer over a 2 tap kegerator, so if I go that route I'm thinking it would be a nice addition to our patio, especially if I built something like this that could be used as an outdoor bar:

(just the keezer, not the stuff in the background)

So this is my question... would having a keezer outside in the hot Florida summer put undue stress on the compressor?

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
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I keep mine outside and it works just fine.

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:22 AM   #3
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I keep mine outside and it works just fine.
Thanks, after thinking about it for a bit, I know many people in FL who have fridges or freezer in their garage and have no problems. Obviously the compressor will run more frequently, but I don't see it being a big problem.
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yep. even then, here in gainesville the weather still gets up to 70s and 80s in the winter and my freezer is on maybe... 3-4 hours a day

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My biggest concern would be something growing/living in the tap. If the taps are outside, covered, in the shade, I think would be primo critter conditions. Garages are so (*&*& hot in the summer, nothing wants to be in there.

I wouldn't worry about how much the equipment runs, thats the price of doing business. You might look into plugs for the taps to keep critters out.

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My biggest concern would be something growing/living in the tap.
That's a good point, I hadn't thought of that... I'll have to take that into consideration as well.

Additionally, another thing I'd be worried about is excessive condensation building up on the towers. I plan to have a PC fan blowing cold air up into the towers to prevent foamy first pours, and with the humidity and heat I'm afraid I might have some serious condensation issues.... Here's a sketch of what I'm planning to build:
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