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Brewmoor 04-04-2010 03:13 PM

Hidden Kegerator, Cubby Bar Build
***** UPDATE *****
OK I know it has been about a year or more but we finally finished this project today. We got the shelves in place and converted the kegerator to sanke so we can bring kegs home from the brewery. Finally we have beer on tap again at the house.


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I have decided that it is time to start kegging my beer. Now that my new rig is finished and I am making 10 gallon batches. I do not want to bottle that much beer. So a couple weeks ago my roomate (who owns the house) ask me if it would be possible to put taps on the wall and keg my homebrew. I gave him an evil laugh and said sure I can.

So we decided to convert a small space next to stairs into a bar and tap center. I looked at the space and knew if I could get behind the wall there might be enough space to get a kegerator. Sure enough the space is huge. I am going to put a collar on a free mini fridge my buddy has for me. That should free up enough room for two kegs to fit, and two styles on tap at all times.

Anyway. Here are some pics. I will update as I make progress.

The desk is going upstairs. There will be a mini fridge here for bottles and wine. A bar top across the space above the fridge. Some shelves for pint glasses and other bar stuff and of course the taps and drip tray.


The guys that built the house were nice enough to leave us some trash.

The center stud taken out. This wall is non load bearing. It was a false wall to hold drywall. I can stand up completely in the space. It is about 61/2 feet in there

Collar for the fridge. Two corny kegs fit snugly now.

Fridge with lines coming through the collar. Soon to be nicely mounted along the wall.

Taps mounted to a nice piece of wood. Soon to be affixed to the wall.

DevilsCreekBrewing 04-04-2010 03:35 PM

In the last picture, on the left side of the stairs are you able to put a vent in for good airflow to the kegerator? Or does it have good flow now? Looks bright in the one picture coming under the stairs, but may be the camera. I am assuming that you would have it flush with where you removed the stud in the dwarf wall.

Brewmoor 04-04-2010 03:46 PM

The picture is not the greatest. There is a ton of space back there. I am going to tuck it into the back right corner that you see from the little person door. It will not be flush but close. There will be about 16 inches next to it, so I can walk back there and store bottles and fermenters.

As for ventelation. I am working on that. There is a crawl space below the floor I could vent to. Also the space shares a wall with a powder room. There is a 6 inch wall in there that has a stud space wrapped with tin for cold air return to the furnace. I may consult someone on tapping into that.

I have access to power back there. I will be putting in a receptacle and a light. Right now it is bright because I have a shop light in there.

DevilsCreekBrewing 04-04-2010 06:15 PM

I'm not an HVAC expert, but did learn some about it in school. I wouldn't tap into the cold air return for what you are working on.

As long as you have a space on a wall you can add a register vent to, to allow the fridge/ freezer airflow, that will suffice. I'd be worried about imbalance in your HVAC system from a tie in, when it isn't absolutely required.

Brewmoor 04-05-2010 01:54 PM

I believe I will vent it directly through the floor into the crawl space. I can put a small pancake fan and a piece of large tubing. There is space right behind where the fridge will be.

Brewmoor 05-04-2010 03:27 PM

Well the progress is slow on this build. I am at the mercy of my buddy the carpenter. I am hoping to motivate him this week/weekend to start working on the bartop and shelves. All the mechanics are done. I will have the taps mounted to the wall......Maybe tonight. So at least we can drink beer. Here is a pic of the piece we cut last night to mount the taps.


There are a few more pics at the top of the page.

ScottyBones 05-04-2010 04:36 PM

very cool! huge amount of space back there for you to work with too. i love the idea of walking up and pouring a tap from the wall having no idea where it's coming from :mug:

ShadowsDeed 05-04-2010 05:59 PM

this is very cool.

SowegaBrews 06-17-2010 06:44 PM

any updates??

FSR402 06-17-2010 07:14 PM

stopping by hoping to see more.

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