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Old 09-13-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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There have been many helpful threads on kegerators. I'm thinking through:

Sanyo 4912 (compact and unobtrusive, could keep in kitchen for easy access, but only two kegs)

Sanyo BC-1206 (only bought as a kegerator? not able to buy standalone and convert as DIY? Like the three keg capacity vs. the 4912)

Freezer (better for lagering and more than three kegs, but I'd have to keep it in the basement which means for entertaining, etc. that's running up and down stairs, not practical)

Do I have this right? Any other considerations?



 
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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Freezer (better for lagering and more than three kegs, but I'd have to keep it in the basement which means for entertaining, etc. that's running up and down stairs, not practical)

?
Sounds like a good way to keep from getting a beer belly to me


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Old 09-13-2007, 03:43 PM   #3
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Is the problem with a freezer the size? Take a look at refrigerators in the 10-12 cuft range. My old kegger was a 12 and I had four kegs in it. Probably could have fitted five, with the CO2 tank outside.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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You could use a freezer as your kegerator/lagerator, then set up a portable picnic tap upstairs when you are entertaining.

But what the hell do I know, I'm one of those mouth-breathing bottlers.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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Is the problem with a freezer the size? Take a look at refrigerators in the 10-12 cuft range. My old kegger was a 12 and I had four kegs in it. Probably could have fitted five, with the CO2 tank outside.
If I want the kegerator in the kitchen, size is the issue. Could do a freezer in the basement. So trade-off is convenience vs. capacity (and lagering). (Wife is NOT happy about the ability to have more than two kegs around...she's a bit worried actually by this...)

 
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:55 PM   #6
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I got the Sanyo due to space constraints and I wanted the DIY aspect but now I am really regretting not having more taps. If you have a big enough footprint, I'd go with the full sized fridge. If not (and you can afford it) look at one of the prebuilt keggers that hold 4 cornies (wish I had).
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:05 PM   #7
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That's what I'm concerned about. Can one now DIY for a larger 3-4 corny setup? Couldn't see the Sanyo BC-1206 for sale as a refrigerator, just as pre-made.

 
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:59 PM   #8
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I just got a Magic Chef Beverage Cooler from Home depot for $197, normally $299
It has a tinted glass door, fits 2 kegs with just enough room to spare, a nice shelf in the back for my tank and room in front for bombers I need to keep cold.

 
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:43 PM   #9
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Did you put a tap in? Centered on the top like the Sanyo?

 
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:04 PM   #10
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Yes I put a two tap tower in. I centered it but put it 2" back from dead center.
I did the alchohol/ corn starch test and couldnt see any freon lines. The ouside is metal so all you need are four screws that will bite into the fridge to mount the tower. Oh, and a two inch hole for lines



 
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