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Old 07-28-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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if i am going to make a home made kegerator is it better to use a fridge or freezer


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Old 07-28-2008, 04:52 PM   #2
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Well, that is the big question, isn't it?

Chest freezer; usually cheaper, usually more energy efficient, usually will require that you build a wood collar (no big deal), can buy chest freezers that will hold more kegs than a fridge could ever dream of, will require an external temperature controller ($50-$60 for an analogue Johnson Controls model).

Fridge (which was my choice); won't require an external temperature controller, which means the freezer part will work normally (I use mine for hops and specialty malts). Doesn't require a collar be built, although you may need to make some modifications inside to make enough room for the kegs and/or to bulk up the bottom shelf.

Oftentimes, the decision is driven by what you can find cheaply; Craigslist will become your best friend. If I were doing it over again, I probably would have gone with the chest freezer.


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Where would you be putting it? How many kegs do you need it to hold? How much to you want to spend? How much room do you have?

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Old 07-28-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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I did a freezer...mostly because I saw that Picture of BierMuncher having one dem' colbeers in front of his...and I said to my self, I said "SELF! That should be you" So I did it. It looks ok in the living room, and holds 5 full size kegs and a Little one plus the C02 Bottle. If I ever build my skillz to a point of being able, I'm already a step toward a bar like BrewPastor and Jester369 have.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:27 PM   #5
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Had a fridge-based kegger. The new one is a freezer. Much easier to get kegs in & out, if you have more than two.
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I am with the chest freezer crowd you can get a lot of beer in there and they really don't take up that much room. That is to say I like mine.
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Somebody stole your tap handles dude!
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Somebody stole your tap handles dude!
You know one day I was watching my cat rub up against one of my tap handles and I had a horrifying thought. You could only imagine what would happen and what I would have to deal with one day when I got home from work.
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You know one day I was watching my cat rub up against one of my tap handles and I had a horrifying thought. You could only imagine what would happen and what I would have to deal with one day when I got home from work.
I have had that very horrifying thought myself...no beer...no gas....BIG MESS!
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I have had that very horrifying thought myself...no beer...no gas....BIG MESS!
AND drunken cat


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