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and yes, it still looks the same. I keep two tapped usually with picnic taps cut down to 4"

One of these days I will install my perlicks





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Not sure which direction Im going with this yet, but for now it's working out just fine

 

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Oh Yeah they don't make 'em like this anymore.



She needs a good cleaning but runs like a champ.
 

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Here is mine - Four on tap and enough room for two 'on deck'. :rockin:

http://tinyurl.com/34anbp

I still am in the process of doing some art work around the perimeter of the collar and will post some pics when it is finished.

By the way:

Tap #1 = Sweet Cream Stout
Tap #2 = Wildflower Honey Amber Ale
Tap #4 = Southern English Brown Ale
Tap #4 = Orange Blossom Cream Ale

On Deck #1 = Blood Orange Ale
On Deck #2 = American Honey Wheat Ale

Next Brew = Sweet Cream Oatmeal Stout

- GL63
 

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quick question about the base. is it going to attatch to the feezer or are you going to be a rolling stand that you set the freezer on? i'm wanting to do something similar when i get my freezer but wasn't sure on the best way to rig something to support the load or how to attatch it to the freezer.
 
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Blatz logo is a sticker. I got it years ago when Pabst was still open for tours.
I almost want to buy a brown flatbed truck and throw a few Blatz stickers on it.

I'm hoping I can still peel it off in the event the fridge has to be de-commissioned.
 
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Yuri_Rage said:
I swear there was a thread like this before, but I can't find it either. Anyway, here's my happy corner.

Yeah, me too. I tried searching for "show sanyo, show kegerator" and the like but couldn't find anything. Then again, I sympathize with the noobs about searching, because when I know what I'm looking for sometimes I still cannot find it.
 

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hobbsj said:
quick question about the base. is it going to attatch to the feezer or are you going to be a rolling stand that you set the freezer on? i'm wanting to do something similar when i get my freezer but wasn't sure on the best way to rig something to support the load or how to attatch it to the freezer.

Im making mine nice and tight to set the freezer in. Just my luck id hit a freon line. After i get it built ill post pics
 

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hey attitude, im going to be building my kegorator with a top facuet like yours was it hard to do? i bought a 1 1/8" hole saw for the piping im going to start out with 2 kegs but move up to 3-4 or more i was given a huge chest freezer that could prolly hold 2 half barrels!

can you post some pics of the inside? also what do you use to control the temp? mine is sitting around 9f at the warmest setting which im sure will freeze beer lol
 

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blefferd said:
hey attitude, im going to be building my kegorator with a top facuet like yours was it hard to do? i bought a 1 1/8" hole saw for the piping im going to start out with 2 kegs but move up to 3-4 or more i was given a huge chest freezer that could prolly hold 2 half barrels!

can you post some pics of the inside? also what do you use to control the temp? mine is sitting around 9f at the warmest setting which im sure will freeze beer lol

easy as making bud lite. Mine is a Figidaire 9.0 CU from best buy. it will hold 4 cornies, a 20LB CO2 tank, and a case of beer( without building a collar).I drilled a 2 1/2 hole saw hole( no freon lines in the lid). I have a Johnsonson controls A-19 single stage controller. Ill send some pics tomorrow.
 
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Here's the latest improvement to my kegerator (along with a second tap):



My first pour was always warm and foamy, and I got tired of it. So...

I had a project box left over from the stir plate venture, and I found a 120VAC fan that I previously scavenged from an old refrigerator. 10 minutes later, I had a working blower. I added a 1-1/4" piece of ShopVac hose that fits inside the tower alongside the keg lines. It comes on every time the Ranco controller kicks the refrigeration on. As a result, my kegerator is only a little noiser, and there is PLENTY of cold air blowing up into the tower! Even though the tower is insulated, it's quite cold to the touch on the outside. I hope it doesn't start producing too much condensation...
 

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And Yuri, please explain your faucet? WTF is that?

It's a turbo tap,

http://www.turbotap.com/

Sorry Yuri didn't mean to steal any thunder from you just saw that you hadn't had fielded this one yet.

BTW Yuri How do you like that thing? I was thinking of getting one but hadn't found anyone with any first hand experience with them.

Cheers
 

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Buford said:
New pics of mine, now that it's in use:





And with a glass of all-grain hefe, currently on the right tap:
No kegerator here yet, but looking to get something nearly identical to this. Any ideas where I can buy one of these and/or save money building one? I.e. what cubic foot am I looking for to fit 2 corny and Co2 tank, etc. Brand suggestions? Suggestions for best place to buy a two tap tower, etc.
 

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The Sanyo 4912 is 4.9 cu ft. It'll hold two cornies and a 5 lb tank. I got mine at Best Buy for $169 on sale. Normally it's priced at $199. It is just a fridge, so you'll have to mod it.
 
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wop31 said:
It's a turbo tap,

http://www.turbotap.com/

Sorry Yuri didn't mean to steal any thunder from you just saw that you hadn't had fielded this one yet.

BTW Yuri How do you like that thing?
Sorry, I missed the question while looking at all the brew porn on the page.

The TurboTap is a colossal waste of money for the home kegerator owner. I bought it before I knew anything about keg line balancing because it promised a foam free pour with the perfect head. It turns out that my kegerator was plagued with a lot of issues (the last of which I just fixed yesterday with the blower system). A properly balanced draught system doesn't need a fancy faucet. In fact, the TurboTap requires a properly balanced system before it even works properly. What it offers is the use of 1/4" ID tubing at standard serving pressures with somewhat short line lengths so that you get a faster pour. I find that I get a better pour with the standard 6' of 3/16" ID tubing, so I'm really only gaining a consistent, easy pour with the TurboTap now that I have my kegerator set up properly.

Unless you need to pour beer quickly, save your money for forward seal faucets, good temperature controllers, and brew ingredients.

And don't buy a Haier kegerator. Convert a fridge or freezer for half the cost.

By the way, the tower cooler is AWESOME! I highly recommend it to anyone with poor first pour issues. Due to a bit of air circulation, my kegerator cools much more efficiently now (it runs less and cools faster), and even the taps are cold to the touch.
 

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Buford said:
The Sanyo 4912 is 4.9 cu ft. It'll hold two cornies and a 5 lb tank. I got mine at Best Buy for $169 on sale. Normally it's priced at $199. It is just a fridge, so you'll have to mod it.
Will the 4912 adequately cool 2 cornies? I've read otherwise, but I think the 4912 is the best deal out there for this sort of thing... 4912 + dual tap tower + kegging setup from midwest supplies or austin homebrew and you are good to go....

Anyone ever put taps through the door of a 4912 or does everyone use a tower? Was thinking about getting a kegging setup from midwest that comes with the taps built for fridge doors...

Or am I better off just getting a used large fridge w/ freezer in this case? Then I can store bottles beside the kegs as well...
 

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I went with the used fridge route, but don't buy a 20 year old one, you can find a fairly new one for a decent price. The little bit more money for a newer one will ofset the cost in not to long by it being more efficient. That and compaired to the little kegorators, you get a lot more storage space, that is if you have the extra room for it.
 
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SilkkyBrew said:
Will the 4912 adequately cool 2 cornies? I've read otherwise, but I think the 4912 is the best deal out there for this sort of thing... 4912 + dual tap tower + kegging setup from midwest supplies or austin homebrew and you are good to go....

Anyone ever put taps through the door of a 4912 or does everyone use a tower? Was thinking about getting a kegging setup from midwest that comes with the taps built for fridge doors...

Or am I better off just getting a used large fridge w/ freezer in this case? Then I can store bottles beside the kegs as well...
Just remember with kegging that if you have a lot of beer in kegs, you are limited with how much you can serve. If you have no problem with only serving two beers at a time then the Sanyo is adequate. I've actually frozen my kegs with the Sanyo so there are no cooling issues I've seen.

All in all, if you want a small kegerator, you can't go wrong with the Sanyo. Oh and spend the money on the dual tower. :mug:
 

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Okay. So, I've recently started to research this a bit more and throw around my options. I know I definitely want two taps, but not sure if I want something as compact as a 5 cu ft. Sanyo 4812 (w/ dual tower, etc.). I have been leaning towards just getting an extra refridgerator unit (between 12-20 cu. ft), tapping it for 2 taps, and using the extra space to store bottles or maybe even lager in an extra corny or something.

So, what are all your thoughts on this package deal from MidWest:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByID.aspx?ProdID=6858

I'd be putting this into a normal fridge w/ freezer on top or into an upright freezer with ranco unit to control the temps above freezing (this does work, correct?). I actually found a nice upright freezer that is 12 cu ft. (nice compromise between 5 for a minifridge and 20 for full size fridge) on craiglist for 30 bucks right near my house. With ranco I'd be looking at $130 for the unit/controller and $300 for this kegging setup from midwest. Would this be a good $430 spent or can I do better for my money?

Thoughts? Concerns? If I just got with a fridge, I obviously save money on the ranco, so I could probably do it for $350ish. $300 for the kegging setup from Midwest + $50 for a used craiglist fridge.
 

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check www.kegconnection.com for your setup.

also we now have a local craigslist, there is a kegerator for sale in carlisle for $125, I don't have any details other than it will need the co2 tank and reg. I can hook you up with his email addy.

Also there is a boatload of fridge and freezers on there for cheap.


SilkkyBrew said:
Okay. So, I've recently started to research this a bit more and throw around my options. I know I definitely want two taps, but not sure if I want something as compact as a 5 cu ft. Sanyo 4812 (w/ dual tower, etc.). I have been leaning towards just getting an extra refridgerator unit (between 12-20 cu. ft), tapping it for 2 taps, and using the extra space to store bottles or maybe even lager in an extra corny or something.

So, what are all your thoughts on this package deal from MidWest:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/ProdByID.aspx?ProdID=6858

I'd be putting this into a normal fridge w/ freezer on top or into an upright freezer with ranco unit to control the temps above freezing (this does work, correct?). I actually found a nice upright freezer that is 12 cu ft. (nice compromise between 5 for a minifridge and 20 for full size fridge) on craiglist for 30 bucks right near my house. With ranco I'd be looking at $130 for the unit/controller and $300 for this kegging setup from midwest. Would this be a good $430 spent or can I do better for my money?

Thoughts? Concerns? If I just got with a fridge, I obviously save money on the ranco, so I could probably do it for $350ish. $300 for the kegging setup from Midwest + $50 for a used craiglist fridge.
 
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You may say that you only want two taps....

You should plan on having as many taps as the fridge will hold. This isn't suggesting that you have to buy them all at once. You should just plan for the expansion... In other words, don't cut any holes that will limit future expansion or invest in a drip tray that only has room for 2 taps.

Also, with a fridge on top, you'll either have to mount your taps very low or go with shorty handles or bracket your door so that opening one will open both doors.

Ask me how to used to drain all 4 kegs at once getting ice out of the freezer.
 

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Todd said:
check www.kegconnection.com for your setup.

also we now have a local craigslist, there is a kegerator for sale in carlisle for $125, I don't have any details other than it will need the co2 tank and reg. I can hook you up with his email addy.

Also there is a boatload of fridge and freezers on there for cheap.
Hook a brother up! I've been looking at Harrisburg area craigslist. I saw a beer tap setup for $110 on there, but it was just the CO2, lines, gauges, and a tap. No fridge unit. I may be interested if the $125 kegerator can be converted to two taps. Otherwise, I may have to pass and build my own. I want at least two on tap with the option of adding a third at somepoint? :)

Thanks for the info though and pass along a link to that kegerator!
 

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SilkkyBrew said:
Hook a brother up! I've been looking at Harrisburg area craigslist. I saw a beer tap setup for $110 on there, but it was just the CO2, lines, gauges, and a tap. No fridge unit. I may be interested if the $125 kegerator can be converted to two taps. Otherwise, I may have to pass and build my own. I want at least two on tap with the option of adding a third at somepoint? :)

Thanks for the info though and pass along a link to that kegerator!

Email sent.
 

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Todd,

Thanks for keg connection site. Looks like they have a better deal than Midwest:






Refrigerator Conversion Kit, 2 taps, 2 kegs
Refrigerator Conversion Kit, 2 taps, 2 kegs
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Refrigerator Conversion Kit, 2 taps and two kegs. Cornelius/Firestone homebrew kegs! Also, easily modified for Sanke (I can help you set up a quick switch system to go from Cornelius to Sanke with a few turns of a swivel nut!) This kit is designed to give you everything you need to dispense your homebrewed beer except for the refrigerator. Very simple to set up, the hoses and pieces are already assembled!!! The Kit Includes: A new 5# CO2 cylinder (empty) 2 gauge CO2 Regulator CO2 Hose set up with connectors, just screw into regulator! Shanks for Refrigerator with line attached. Metal Faucets that screws directly into Shanks. Stainless Steel Drip Tray! ALL HOSES AND FITTINGS FOR CORNELIUS ARE INCLUDED AND ASSEMBLED!!! Cornelius style 5-gallon ball lock keg, cleaned and pressure tested. Everything in this kit is new except the kegs. However, the kegs have been cleaned and inspected in a three-step process. They are rinsed, inspected internally, soaked in a hot PBW solution and then rinsed again and pressurized with CO2. O-rings are greased with food grade lubricant. These kegs are in great shape, but could have dents or scratches. Many have stickers on the outside. I have used these types of kegs extensively for home brewing and I will send you a keg that will work well for home brewing. I have Cornelius and Firestone kegs. I grab the next one in line unless you specify a preference (email us)

All for $279.

As for the email, please forward via PM if possible. I can't get to hotmail at this client unfortunately. Boo...
 

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Here ya go. First shot is with my $3 Lowes table legs which some folks thought looked like a Doc Johnson product. :D



I then got my custom made handles on there. There is a guy in San Antonio who makes these. He'll burn in any inscription you wish.



 
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