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Old 06-01-2009, 12:12 AM   #1
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Alright, I've read a whole bunch of posts and find myself a bit confused, so I'll spell out what I would like to do and hopefully someone will have some good advice.
I have an old fridge/freezer, full size, from my kitchen. I would like to convert it to a kegerator.
I already have 1 keg and a 20lb CO2 tank.
I would like the fridge to handle 3 or 4 kegs, so that means 3 or 4 taps on the outside.

What do I need and what is the cheapest way to accomplish it?
Do I store the CO2 tank in the fridge, or outside the fridge?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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I'd go to kegconnection.com and get the 4-spigot kit minus the CO2 tank. I'm gonna do a similar (2-spigot) thing with a smaller fridge.

I'll be mounting my tank outside the fridge to save space and maximize usable gas from the (room temperature) cylinder.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:49 PM   #3
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The cheapest and easiest way is to use "Picnick" or "Cobra" taps. These are the "keg party" plastic taps.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:10 PM   #4
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Just finished mine, here's a pic and a list of components below. CO2 Tank on the outside is my preference as it allows me to put 5 kegs inside, for either serving or carbing or lagering.



5 - Corney Kegs @ $27 each: $135
4 - Cheap Tap/Shank Combos @ $35 each: $140 (LHBS)
1 - 4 way CO2 manifold: $48.95 (LHBS)
1 - Stainless 19" drip tray: $17 shipped (barproducts.com)
5 - Ball Lock Gas/In QD's @ $7 each: $35
5 - Ball Lock Beer/Out QD's @ $7 each: $35
5 - 10' sections of 3/16" beer line - $.60/ft: $30
5 - 3' sections of 5/16" air line - $.55/ft: $8.25
16 - SS 1/4" hose clamps - $.20 each: $3.20

1 - Dual Pressue CO2 Regulator: (steal on CL)
CORNELIUS Pressure Regulator Assembly 620709826 NEW - eBay (item 290253442271 end time Jun-10-09 20:48:56 PDT)
1 - 20# CO2 Tank: (steal on CL)
1 - Fridge: $35 on CL
2 - Cans of Krylon Black enamel spraypaint: $7


I think that's it...
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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I created a list yesterday and it matches yours pretty well. My question is, is the manifold worth it? For less than $5, I can get a 4 way splitter to split the CO2. What's the difference?
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[QUOTE=TwoHeadsBrewing;1357353]Just finished mine, here's a pic and a list of components below. CO2 Tank on the outside is my preference as it allows me to put 5 kegs inside, for either serving or carbing or lagering.

How big is your fridge? I have a GE 18 cu ft fridge with a top freezer. I was wondering how many kegs can I fit inside?
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:21 PM   #7
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I created a list yesterday and it matches yours pretty well. My question is, is the manifold worth it? For less than $5, I can get a 4 way splitter to split the CO2. What's the difference?

with the manifold you can turn the gas off to each product line. the 4 way is either all on or all off. If you have a gas QD that leaks slightly past the pin valve you would not be able to turn it off. That pinvalve is not an issue while on a keg.
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:41 PM   #8
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So the big difference is just the ability to turn each one off. So to start, I could use the 4 way and then invest in the manifold in the future. As it is, convincing the wife to drop a couple hundred on this might be a little challenging. Adding the manifold brings it up to $250. So maybe the T to start with and an eye on the manifold in the not to distant future.
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Just finished mine, here's a pic and a list of components below. CO2 Tank on the outside is my preference as it allows me to put 5 kegs inside, for either serving or carbing or lagering.

How big is your fridge? I have a GE 18 cu ft fridge with a top freezer. I was wondering how many kegs can I fit inside?
It's a small one, I think 3/4 size. It is only about 5' tall, but I'm not sure about the sq. footage of it. If your fridge is full size you'll be able to get at least 5 kegs, maybe 6 depending on the layout.
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I created a list yesterday and it matches yours pretty well. My question is, is the manifold worth it? For less than $5, I can get a 4 way splitter to split the CO2. What's the difference?
Go for it! Just make sure it is leakproof, that is the important thing. I had a bunch of stainless steel tees there for a while, and while they worked great I just wanted something that was better. The manifold I got has 4 valves and 4 backflow valves as well. Plus, it's purdy!
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