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Old 08-12-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default Price break down for building a kegerator wanted...

For those of you that are like me, and like to track a "job" to figure out what it cost you, I was hoping someone might have done one for building a kegerator.

We are currently trying to decide between building a kegerator based off the "dorm room" fridge size, or going all in and building a chest style. I prefer the chest style.

Anywho, excluding the price of the fridge, anyone have a ball park figure for a build on each one? I know I've seen some really nice setups on here, but never really noticed a pricing break down.

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Old 08-12-2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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you can get a 5lb CO2 tank for $65 from micromatic.com. You can get each complete faucet assembly with hose and both disconnects for as cheap as $35 to $40. You will have to shop around to get the cheapest on that though.



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Old 08-12-2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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Here is what I've got from Austin Home Brew:

1 x Stainless Steel Air Line Cross (1/4") $5.99
1 x Ball Lock Kegs (Reconditioned) 4 PACK
- Recommended Item: Keg Oring Lubricant
- Ball Lock O-ring Replacment Set: Yes $157.97
3 x Barbed Gas Disconnect (Ball Lock Keg) $14.97
3 x Barbed Liquid Disconnect (Ball Lock Keg) $14.97
1 x Dial Thermostat (Johnson Controls) $69.99
3 x Refrigerator Conversion Kit
- Faucet Plug: Yes
- Faucet Brush: Yes
- Faucet Wrench: Yes
- Faucet: Chrome w/ Brass Lever
- Faucet Handle: Traditional Faucet Handle $154.32
1 x Air Line Hose 1/4" (per foot)
- Length: 15' $7.50
1 x Beer Line Hose 3/16" (per foot)
- Length: 24' $13.20

Economy Regulator (1/4") [01812]
$69.99
Aluminum CO2 Tank ( 5 lb) [01714]
$99.99

and I think My freezer was an even $300 including the 2x8 Wood for the collar, and a bottle of Gatorade from Lowes.

That lands the total in at : $ 839.26 I've got 3 taps and 4 kegs.

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Old 08-12-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
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and I think My freezer was an even $300 including the 2x6 Wood for the collar, and a bottle of Gatorade from Lowes.
I don't know much, but that collar looks to be a 2x8(at least), why so big?
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I did the dorm fridge style one. That requires a tower which costs more.

I paid $340 from kegconnection for a brand new aluminum CO2 tank, regulator, gas lines, quick disconnects, beer lines, a tower, shanks, perlick faucets, cheap handles, new O ring kits, and keg lube.

I spent $150 on 6 kegs, figure around $25 apiece.

CO2 fillup cost me $13.

Miscellaneous hole saw, foil tape, silicone sealant, etc cost me $30.

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I don't know much, but that collar looks to be a 2x8(at least), why so big?
HA!
You must know enough! You are correct...and I'll change that. I'm 6'3" and 350#...I like big things....And that's just kinda what I ended up with.
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It depends a lot on the quality of parts you buy and what deals you can find. I'm piecing everything together so I hopefully won't need/want to upgrade any of it. It's getting expensive.

these prices include shipping/tax

  • Sanyo 4912 from Best Buy - $163.35
  • brushed SS two faucet tower from ACU metal fab - $62
  • 4 ball lock kegs from Adventures in Homebrewing - $100
  • 2 SS elbow shank assemblies from Micromatic - $63
  • used 5# CO2 tank found locally - $60
  • assorted construction stuff (metal tape, hole saw, sealant, etc.) - $30
  • stuff from Midwest
  • dual body CO2 regulator - $99
  • 20 ft. of 3/16" beer line - $14
  • 8 ft. of 1/4" gas line - $5.60
  • 2 Perlick all SS faucets - $79.90
  • 2 sets of gas & liquid disconnects - $22
  • SS hose clamps & barbed swivel nuts - $8
  • shank wrench - $3.95
  • shipping for Midwest order - $10

I'll end up getting keg o-rings and lube as well - so maybe add $15 for 4 kegs worth of that.

Eventually I may get a temp controller ($50), SS rails ($35), drip tray from ACU ($95), and DIY tower cooling fan (maybe $15?), but those aren't needed to get everything going. Without the optional stuff, I'm approaching $700.

It'd be pretty easy to build a much larger capacity keezer for the same money (or even less), but I'm putting this in my dining room and it's all I have room for. Plus my friends and family might stage an intervention if I have 5 beers on tap in the dining room (I live alone) - two is pushing it with some of them.

There's also the option of buying a pre-built dorm fridge size kegerator, but most of those are single faucet (I think) and probably don't involve as much stainless steel as what I'm building.
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Ugh - I stopped counting around $1400

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Thanks guys... that gives me an idea of what I'm getting myself into...

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I just bought a brand new keggerator from Menards in IL for 407$. It is Haier brand and it comes with a sanke tap but I already have ball lock fittings. I think it was a pretty good deal.



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