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Old 01-04-2009, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Kegerator: Build or Buy?

Now, I've seen kegerators on sale for $300, but I also know you can get a conversion kit for $100 (about) and refridgerators for free but then you throw in the labor, rent the truck to pick up the fridge, etc etc. I want to have a kegerator that'll fit two taps and two 5 gallon corny kegs and not have it be a full sized refridgerator. Now is it more cost effective to purchase one pre-made or build one? Also, I'm a very handy guy so building one isn't really a problem. Sorry if this question has been answered before (I did a quick search lready).


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Old 01-04-2009, 12:27 AM   #2
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Keep in mind most commercially available kegerators are for sanke and you're going to have to spend some money to convert them anyway. I let craigslist make my decision and watched for a chest freezer, used kegerator or mini fridge. I ended up getting an Oster for $60 and have since pieced together most of the other parts. I bought a tower setup for $50 shipped off ebay, bought two 5# co2 bottles from a local aquarium site for $90 (included a dual gauge regulator). I have four ball lock kegs I am into for $100, craigslist for 2 and ebay for 2. I just placed an order online for lines, additional regulator body, some perlicks and a few other odds and ends for $100. So far I have spend $400 for a top notch setup. Everything adds up building it yourself, but atleast I know I am not going to have to do any upgrading unless I decide to have more that two kegs on tap.

I also have a decent supply of kegs and an extra bottle of co2 just in case. I could have easily knocked off about $150 if I was trying to cut corners.


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Old 01-04-2009, 12:46 AM   #3
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Build.

A "pie" option? Another ARFCOM refugee?
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:52 AM   #4
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A "pie" option? Another ARFCOM refugee?
Nope. There's always room for a good non-sequitor.
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I was in Home Depot today just browsing and noticed a kegerator on sale. Regular price was $500, on sale for $400. Given that it wasn't too much bigger than a dorm size frig and only had room for 1 keg, I thought that was pretty pricey, even with the sale price. I'd like to think with $400, I could find a pretty good used frig and make a nice and bigger kegerator.
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Most commercial kegerators under $500 are single tap, designed to hold a single 1/2 barrel Sanke keg. I'll bet a two-four that you're gonna want more than one tap with the ability to hold at least two kegs, if not four. So...BUILD! I like the keezer concept. There's a 19 cubic foot freezer in my dining room just waiting for conversion to my six tap bar of justice.
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Keep in mind most commercially available kegerators are for sanke and you're going to have to spend some money to convert it anyway...
What do you mean? I ran across an appliance place which was selling sevral scratch and dent kegerator for about 50% the retail price... i hadnt heard you had to convert them, so i have to ask a stupid question... what do you mean convert it anyway?

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what do you mean convert it anyway?
If you keg your brew like most of us, you use Cornelius-style ball lock (or pin lock) kegs. The fittings are completely different than those used on any commercially available kegerator.
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You can totally Build a way cooler version than you can buy...with less money and minimal skillz!
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You can totally Build a way cooler version than you can buy...with less money and minimal skillz!
I agree! The last time I did anything with wood was at school over 15 years ago and yet... Well you decide... Ferrets Blog



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