Let me first say, this project is totally ridiculous but I don't think it's been done and the wife and I wanted a project to have fun with...aside from the obvious.
First a little back story:
About a month ago, a co-worker of my wife decided to get rid of a 55" rear projection TV (dimensions were 50"H x 50"W x 50"D). Due to the difficulties in getting rid of a TV like this, my wife called me and asked if we wanted to do him a favor and turn it into a kegerator. The initial thought was to remove the electronics of the TV, insulate nearly the whole interior and replace it with a flat screen TV. To do this, we would have had to reduce the size of our current TV, so that wasn't going to happen. We have a few ideas on what to do with the interior now though, so I won't spoil the end (unless we find another idea that was really unique but won't work).
Here was the initial TV.
In about 20 minutes, it was broken down to this.
And after 2 hours, with the wife's help, it was down to this.
We decided to mock-up some kegs to make we could fit what we wanted inside and we had a third helper.
*EDIT: Because of the new links to the forum, I put in some titles of the pics, just in case the links break again.
About 1 week after the successful test fitting, we received this glorious bounty. Can you tell how many kegs will be in the Keg-O-Vision? :mug:
The wife modified part of the TV to include a temperature indicator, along with USB and RCA inputs for the stereo we're wiring in.
She also did some very nice cutting to fit some kick a$$ speakers in the front.
Next up was modification of the Air Conditioner to cool everything.
Got the AC from a friend for the price of a piece of lumber to cover the opening.
Opened it up to find 2 fans, one blowing over each set of coils. These were controlled with a high-low switch on the control panel. There was also an on-off switch that had to be bypassed. I decided to run the fan permanently on low to increase the life cycle of the fan, and with the small volume needed to cool, I shouldn't have any issues.
Luckily there was a schematic to help with the wiring.
Reassembled everything and removed the labels. Also applied caulk to make sure it's sealed up against condensation.
Just this week, I finally received all the components needed, so I started to get everything together. We're going to use a car stereo to run the system, along with a couple of car speakers. The stereo is wired to an off-the-shelf 13.8VDC 20amp converter, so it will handle all my needs (you can see wires going to the speakers on the left of the pictures).
I also started dry fitting the interior. The kegs will go on the sides, with the taps in the middle. I had to build in a couple of shelves to cover the kegs and limited the cooling space of everything.
Here's the taps being dry-fitted. We liked the symmetry from two towers instead of the dual tower, so we will be installing both. The only question is height. The tap on the right is almost a perfect height for a pour but the aesthetics are a little off. The tap on the left will look the best because it will be level with the top of the speakers. This will also allow the us the most usefulness inside the cavity. Let me know your thoughts on this one.
nice! excited to see where this goes!
Thanks olllllo, all fixed now.
holy crap -- subscribed!
I got a TV that would be better off as a kegerator too! Subscribed!
this is awesome.
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