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Old 07-19-2010, 02:18 AM   #1
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I been thinking, it might be a lost cause but some insight would be apprecciatted. I dont have the space to get a full kegerator setup or a keezer, but I been thiking about a tiny fridge stting on the kitchen counter that holds about 3 or 4 5l kegs wiht taps on the outside of the door. Is this a possibility of creating or not, I have read a few threads where people have put CO2 in these, but they are all the little cartridges and they end with the little gun.

So thanks for the feedback!
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:13 AM   #2
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So, you want to build a refrigerator to refrigerate those little Heineken kegs?

1. Can you even put homebrew in those? (or do you not intend to)

2. You could do it, You could go with those small 2cf dorm fridges and go from there, probably fit 2 of those kegs in it and it'd be easy as pie.

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Old 07-19-2010, 01:35 PM   #3
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It depends on how good you are with improvising, as no one makes adapters for the 5L kegs to standard beer and CO2 setups. I had a 5L setup and many of the parts were a friction fit with no relief valve. I'm certain I could have kludged something, but equally certain it would not have been worth the effort.

 
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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I don't know about a gas setup, but I've been considering doing a single or dual Beer Engine setup with Mini Kegs and an RV pump. Of course, oxidation will be a factor there if you don't consume them quick enough.

 
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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I use an Avanti Mini Pub for my 5 liter mini kegs. It's basically a mini kegerator, and yes you can use it for home brew. It just sits on top of my bar.
I also have a 3 tap regular keg system, but the mini keg system works for special small batches, and sometimes I can buy the kegged root beer to use in it. it keeps the kids happy.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:52 PM   #6
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Those 5L kegs are a LOT of work for a LITTLE beer, IMHO.

3 gallon kegs are much better, but they are pricey.

 
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:01 PM   #7
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really NOOB question here, but in reality there is no need to chill the whole keg. In-line chiller, with the 5 gal cornies under the sink, lines run thru an in-line chiller, and a tap in place of the sink sprayer......
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:03 PM   #8
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Not mine:

http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=61167

I would change the small piece of copper tubing the beer flows out through to stainless.

For me it would be a nice addition to the kegerator to have more variety with less space and possibly for a portable kit to take out to the inlaws - I would probably fill the 5L from a regular keg before going out.

 
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:08 PM   #9
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... Heineken kegs?

1. Can you even put homebrew in those? (or do you not intend to)

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The Heineken (and newer Newcastle) mini kegs are not suitable for re-use but there are a lot of commercial beers like Warstiner, Bells and others that use the older "regular" mini kegs. You can also buy new/unused mini kegs at most good homebrew shops http://www.midwestsupplies.com/mini-keg.html .

 
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:44 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Timber;
I been thinking, it might be a lost cause but some insight would be apprecciatted. I dont have the space to get a full kegerator setup or a keezer, but I been thiking about a tiny fridge stting on the kitchen counter that holds about 3 or 4 5l kegs wiht taps on the outside of the door. Is this a possibility of creating or not, I have read a few threads where people have put CO2 in these, but they are all the little cartridges and they end with the little gun.

So thanks for the feedback!
Did you end up doing this? I am planning the exact same setup using the tap design posted over on Northernbrewer (linked above). I am going to use those DIY taps plus a standard (cheap model) CO2 regulator with 20oz paintball cans of gas.

I don't have room for a whole fridge, nor cash for cornies, and primarily I want to do this because I recently decided to start brewing smaller batches - 5 gallons is a lot of beer for me. 3 gallon batches minus trub should fill 2 5L kegs, plus maybe a tester bottle or two, so this is perfect for me.

Plus, I can reuse the expensive parts (regulator, faucets, etc) later if I decide to build a full-size model, and can keep the 5l taps for portable/cooler kegging, etc.

So, if you've done this, let us (me!) know, and I will do the same as I move forward, which will be this fall.
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