Thoughts on kegerator in a garage - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Thoughts on kegerator in a garage

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-28-2009, 08:55 PM   #1
adx
 
adx's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Scaggsville, MD
Posts: 925
Liked 15 Times on 4 Posts



I'm finally going to put a tower on my Sanyo 4912 this weekend and I'm looking for peoples thoughts on keeping it in the garage. I've had it out there for about a year now while I just use cobra taps and it's been OK.

I'm not sure if it'll get too hot with the tower on it and make the beer int he tower lines a bit funky. The garage gets a bit toasty in the summer. The big steel garage door faces south-west and in the summer the sun just beats on it all day. Think I'll have any problems with it?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #2
Arkador
 
Arkador's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 1,702
Liked 16 Times on 15 Posts


Alot of people will rig fans to blow cold fridge air up into the tower to help keep it cool, so their first pull won't be warm. Some people even run fancy cooling lines up in there.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 08:59 PM   #3
humann_brewing
More Humann than human
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
humann_brewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
the sun
Posts: 15,535
Liked 328 Times on 324 Posts


I didn't want to put my kegerator in my garage for this reason. It is nice and toasty in my garage in the summer, if it is 100 outside it will be 120 easy in the garage.

So it depends if you have cold air flowing up your draft tower or not. I don't so mine is inside.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 09:00 PM   #4
McKBrew
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,204
Liked 35 Times on 30 Posts


I think you'd be fine as long as you use a computer fan to blow air up into the tower keeping it cool. You could also put some insulation in there around the lines to keep them a bit cooler as well.

Keep in mind that only a short section of the tower is going to have lines in it, most of the beverage line will remain in the colder section of the kegerator. You might have a bit of foam initially. Take a look at this thread as well.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/cooling-tower-31406/
__________________
Make Beer, Not War.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,912
Liked 338 Times on 169 Posts


Be sure to use a forward sealing faucet or they will stick badly if you do not pull a pint every day. Either way, the cheapos will get sticky from the heat.

Personally, if it were me, I would stick with the cobra taps inside the fridge till I could bring the kegerator inside. Your beer will stay fresh and the taps won't stick.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 09:40 PM   #6
olllllo
[]-O-[]
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
olllllo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2006
Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 13,330
Liked 140 Times on 114 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by EdWort View Post
Be sure to use a forward sealing faucet or they will stick badly if you do not pull a pint every day. Either way, the cheapos will get sticky from the heat.

Personally, if it were me, I would stick with the cobra taps inside the fridge till I could bring the kegerator inside. Your beer will stay fresh and the taps won't stick.
Yep.

And if you have the choice. I'd keep it inside the house. There isn't a great deal of mass to it and the walls are pretty thin. the compressor will be working alot.

I don't know about your situation but the garage is a one way passage on the way out of your life if you are married. It's a step above the basement in terms that basement banishment still keeps it in the house. If it gets relegated to the garage, it's a slippery slope out as a rummage sale item or a throwaway.

Name one thing that sits in your garage that ever gets elevated to house status.
I might even put myself in that list.
__________________
Rabbit And Coyote Schwag
Rob - Phoenix Ambassador to Milwaukee
Where did your avatar go?
Ginger Beer for Moscow Mules Bacon Vodka
Twitter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
sailorb
 
sailorb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Kentucky
Posts: 9

I have an old commercial fridge that just moved outside to my patio because of the heat in my garage, it ran constantly and the cord got hot so I thought it would be best rather than have a compressor fail ! and I found a grill cover that fits it pretty good for those rainy times.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2009, 10:49 PM   #8
Arkador
 
Arkador's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 1,702
Liked 16 Times on 15 Posts


My garage is insulated and has a white door, it isn't ever more than 100degrees in there on a 100degree day. I use the chest freezer which has better insulation than the sanyo does, and use cobra taps.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2009, 01:43 AM   #9
adx
 
adx's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Scaggsville, MD
Posts: 925
Liked 15 Times on 4 Posts


I already have Perlicks for it so I'm fine on that front. By toasty warm I'm not talking about 100F+. I'll have to put a thermometer out there to see how hot it really gets. It's all insulated, except for the door. I should really get the door insulated since my master bedroom sits over the garage.

I tried the basement, but just can't find a good spot for it. The problem is I have a limited number of outlets in the basement. Might try moving around the freezer I have down there to see if I can fit them side by side.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2009, 09:38 AM   #10
Buzz_Armstrong
 
Buzz_Armstrong's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Fort Myers, FL
Posts: 45
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


If you live in a nice neighborhood, put it on your front porch with an extra TV and an old recliner! Just for a few days, to see what people think, ya know?
__________________
--------------------------------------------------
Primary 1: Belgian Wit
Primary 2: Chocolate Bock
Secondary 1: Oatmeal Stout
Secondary 2: Empty
Kegged: Mexican Cerveza Ale, Amber Ale, ApfelWein
Bottled: just a few assorted items remain (BIG SAD FACE)

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Convert Conventional Kegerator to Cornelius Kegerator aschafer324 Bottling/Kegging 3 07-23-2009 10:12 PM
SP-10: can it be used in a garage? frerichs Equipment/Sanitation 22 06-15-2009 06:07 PM
Ease of Going from Sanke Kegerator to Homebrew Kegerator polamalu43 Bottling/Kegging 6 04-28-2008 10:52 PM
Cool Garage Kegerator Fridge EdWort Bottling/Kegging 1 06-05-2007 03:04 PM
I wish I could use my garage. Yin_Yang General Beer Discussion 5 02-03-2007 03:33 PM


Forum Jump