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Old 07-03-2014, 06:34 AM   #1
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Default 5-Tap Kegerator DIY using Tap-A-Draft bottles and a corny keg!

I just finished a tutorial complete with shopping list on youtube:

http://youtu.be/2VqJAtSpnGA

I made this kegerator to serve beer and/or soda from a chest freezer. Total volume on tap: 11gal at once distributed between 5 taps (4x 1.5gal, 1x 5gal). I have never seen anything like it, so hopefully if you decide to replicate it in some way, I have taken out a lot of the guesswork. Also included is what it cost me for shipping, something that varies often and try to catch the specials when you can.
Shopping list:
Craigslist/Bookoo/Local shops:
$100 used (or $180 new) chest freezer inside (mine: 16" front-back, 24"wide, 26" tall).
$5 8ft 2x4 untreated pine.
$14 paint
$4 liquid nails adhesive
$5 silicone adhesive
$3 JB weld adhesive
$3 max-strength super glue gel
$4 screws
$10 brackets
$2 styrofoam
$3 duct tape
$1 blue/black/red electric tape
$1 velcro wire ties
$70 20lb CO2 tank and CO2 fill
$1 cabinet LED light
$4 wire shelving
Amazon.com
$19 50 Value Plastics nylon luer connectors 1/4" M/F (optional).
$6 4 pro tie 33260 SAE size 4 mini key stainless hose clamps
$18 4 12" long stainless steel straws (dip tubes for TAD bottles)
$0 ship
Freshwatersystems.com
$58 8 M PLC Valved Elbow Hose Barb Couplings 1/4"
$30 4 F PLC Non-Valved In-Line Hose Barb Coupling Body 1/4"
$9 ship
Homebrewstuff.com
$59 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) Used
$6 gas side ball-lock fitting barb
$6 liquid side ball-lock fitting barb
$31 stainless drip trapy item 130722411010
$14 plastic draft faucet tap handle item C184
$140 3.5" nipple shank chrome draft faucet combo item C201-323
$65 6-way CO2 gas distribution manifold item AM-6W
$12 20ft 3/16" tubing item 316
$15 20ft ¼" tubing item tubing-001
$31 ship
Sturmanbg.com/tap-a-draft/purchase
$30- Item # 6 Liter Bottle & Standard Cap (4)
$8- Item # 8 Molded Cap (4)
$10 ship
Beveragefactory.com
$5 5ft 5/16" blue air tubing item BF 516BAL
$50 CO2 dual gauge regulator item BF 742BF
$0 ship (will-call)
Ebay
$19 STC-1000 digital temperature controller item 190808583583

You will need a drill with bits, adjustable wrench x2, paintbrush, handheld saws for the wood, sanding supplies, screwdriver, teflon tape, measuring tape, hammer, soldering kit (if using the wired temp controller).
Total: $871.
That may seem like a lot, but when you factor the commercial kegerator price in it is a steal. Kegerator.com has them starting at $500 but only for a single tap ($740 for double tap), not 5! If you went with more or less taps than my 5 on this DIY project, your cost would change by about 15% per tap added/subtracted. If you're on a tighter budget, you could start with a couple faucets then add more as your wallet allows. Would it still work as a freezer if you needed it to? Yes, as long as you change the temperature setting.

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Old 09-13-2014, 10:10 PM   #2
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Awesome! I've been wanting to do pretty much exactly that for a while now. Any chance you took pictures along the way? Would love to see a step by step, especially of the cap modification. I'm on a pretty tight budget, did the luer lock option for the cap mod work or were there lots of problems?

Also, how many tap a drafts do you think you could fit in there? I have a 5 cu foot chest freezer and I'm think six bottles/taps.

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