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Old 06-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default Keezer vs Kegerator

So after wanting to build a kegerator from an old mini fridge, I encounter the problem of the freezer part. Now I'm wandering if it would be easier to buy a small chest freezer and convert to a keezer. What are some of the pros and cons of kegerator vs keezer? I primarily want to have one corny keg on tap. I know I would need a temp controller on the keezer and not on the kegerator

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Old 06-11-2012, 02:00 AM   #2
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I was just pondering the same question. I'll be interested to hear some of the pros vs cons for upright fridges vs chest freezers as well.

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Are you really going to be happy with just one keg on tap long term? Build keezer that will hold 3-5 kegs and be happy that you can enjoy multiple brews at the same time. The biggest draw back to the mini fridge is space. My keezer holds 4 or 5 cornys (5 requires a squeeze), my hops and yeast, and a good supply of bottled beer/soda/water. Far more versatile than a kegerator for one or 2 cornys

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Are you really going to be happy with just one keg on tap long term? Build keezer that will hold 3-5 kegs and be happy that you can enjoy multiple brews at the same time. The biggest draw back to the mini fridge is space. My keezer holds 4 or 5 cornys (5 requires a squeeze), my hops and yeast, and a good supply of bottled beer/soda/water. Far more versatile than a kegerator for one or 2 cornys
I've seen (on here and other places) refrigerators that can easily hold 3-4 kegs, plus have the extra freezer space on top.

While chest freezers do have more options for larger space and more kegs, not everyone needs more than 4 kegs at a time. And freezers take up more floorspace than an upright fridge will...
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I have a two tap kegerator that I built from the Danby. I never really have or want more than two beers available to be on tap, so the two tap works great for me. Also, I prefer my kegerator be inside, which isn't aesthetically pleasing with an upright or a keezer without a huge bar build.

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I have a two tap kegerator that I built from the Danby. I never really have or want more than two beers available to be on tap, so the two tap works great for me. Also, I prefer my kegerator be inside, which isn't aesthetically pleasing with an upright or a keezer without a huge bar build.
Came here to say the same thing. I get two regular size cornies in my Danby mini fridge. I have a two-tap tower on the top and it all fits neatly behind my bar, out of the view of anyone that might come into our basement, if I want to hide it.
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After much consideration, I decided to go with a chest freezer from CL. The options to customize are endless, plus there is more room for kegs, yeast, bottles etc. Seeing the various builds on here is inspiring.

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After much consideration, I decided to go with a chest freezer from CL. The options to customize are endless, plus there is more room for kegs, yeast, bottles etc. Seeing the various builds on here is inspiring.

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After much consideration, I decided to go with a chest freezer from CL. The options to customize are endless, plus there is more room for kegs, yeast, bottles etc. Seeing the various builds on here is inspiring.
I think that's a good choice. I just went through the same process in my first build and went with the keezer. A fridge I think has less initial hassle/cost, but the keezer provides more room to grow and customize. As for aesthetics, do it right and a Keezer can be really eye-catching.

FWIW, chest freezers are also more efficient.
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I have decided to go with a 5 cu ft chest from CL. From the pictures posted here, there are endless ways to customize and personalize a chest keezer. I am looking forward to the build

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