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Title: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: richardt on April 10, 2012, 05:54:55 PM
I'm in the market for a commercially made kegerator (preferably 2, even 3 taps) capable of fitting two 5-gallon cornys (or three cornys, if three taps). 
Anybody have experience with them and suggestions on where to find/buy the best brands. 
This kegerator is going inside the penthouse at the condo complex, and the garage is too far away (by elevator) to be practical, so it has to be located inside the penthouse, and it has to look "really nice." 
DIY keezers and front-mounted fridge conversions aren't going to be considered due to time and aesthetics.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 10, 2012, 06:02:29 PM
You don't want to build one?  I think it may be cheaper to build your own.  But I've often thought about what I'll do next when my current kegerator goes out.  Think I'd want to get a medium sized fridge off Craigslist and install taps in the door. 
Check out Beveragefactory for commercial kegerators if money isn't necessarily an issue.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 10, 2012, 06:18:38 PM
I understand the time factor, but I gotta say, on the aesthetics factor, I have seen some amazing keggerator builds from chest freezers on here. WIth the wood collar for mounting the taps and wood facing to make it pretty some of them look a heck of lot nicer, IMO, than the commercial ones.

other than that, I got nothing.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: richardt on April 10, 2012, 07:45:57 PM
A keezer will be nice (once day), but would still be relegated to the garage area.

What I'm looking for is a relatively compact, wheeled, kegerator with the ability to dispense 2 (or 3) corny kegs at a time.  Something with dimensions around 2 x 2 x 3 ft, let's say.

I'll check out beverage factory.  Open to any and all suggestions.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 10, 2012, 08:10:36 PM
There is always the beermeister http://beermeisters.com/homebrew-dispensers (http://beermeisters.com/homebrew-dispensers)
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 10, 2012, 08:21:38 PM
The thing I worry about with building one with a chest freezer and a collar is, what if the floor of the freezer gets dirty and you want to clean it?  The collar would make it way hard to get down to the floor of the freezer to clean.  I rather like the idea of a fridge much more.  Especially for your garage? Get a used fridge off Craigslist, drill holes for taps and there you go.  Why does it need to be so portable?

Those Beermeisters are expensive!  There's a few that are under $600 on Beverage Factory.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on April 10, 2012, 09:19:27 PM
I have a Sanyo 4912 which is still available evidently, albeit under other names and manufacturer. A small fridge (no freezer compartment) holds two cornies and perhaps a third if you modify the door.

You can go through the door or top to place external taps or tower- though I still use cobra-taps.

If you don't mind spending a tad more look into a real keg-orator fridge (http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/kegerators/HBF05EBSS-2.shtml)- they should hold 3 cornies. A look at the insides will show the difference between the two types of fridges. Plus they are plumbed for the tower already. That's what I would do to do it all again.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 10, 2012, 09:34:02 PM
The thing I worry about with building one with a chest freezer and a collar is, what if the floor of the freezer gets dirty and you want to clean it?  The collar would make it way hard to get down to the floor of the freezer to clean.  I rather like the idea of a fridge much more.  Especially for your garage? Get a used fridge off Craigslist, drill holes for taps and there you go.  Why does it need to be so portable?

Those Beermeisters are expensive!  There's a few that are under $600 on Beverage Factory.
but do they include the kegs?

don't mind me. I'm just starting trouble  ::)
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: gsandel on April 10, 2012, 09:54:07 PM
I built collered keezer for my storage room in the basement, but my brother went with a used Beverage-Air professional unit as his lives in his dining room for around $400.

Has wheels and fits 3 ball lock cornys and his 5 pound tank (albeit very, very, very snuggly).  He has a single tap tower (wants to eventually upgrade to 3) and uses cobra taps on the rest.  Only problem with the snugness and the cobras is more than once he opened his taps by closing the door on them.

g
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: tygo on April 10, 2012, 11:05:57 PM
I like the look of the beermeisters.  If I ever get a commercial kegerator it'll probably be one of those.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: Pinski on April 11, 2012, 12:39:52 AM
The thing I worry about with building one with a chest freezer and a collar is, what if the floor of the freezer gets dirty and you want to clean it?  The collar would make it way hard to get down to the floor of the freezer to clean.  I rather like the idea of a fridge much more.  Especially for your garage? Get a used fridge off Craigslist, drill holes for taps and there you go.  Why does it need to be so portable?

Those Beermeisters are expensive!  There's a few that are under $600 on Beverage Factory.
I designed mine to sit on a seam of weather stripping. The weight of the 2"x8" collar and the 2"x10" facing on the three visible sides is more than enough weight to hold the collar steady even when opening and closing the lid. The face board "lip" keeps it from sliding. For light cleaning i just throw in a towel and wipe it around with a pair of tongs. If I need to really clean well I can lift the collar off and do the deed. No fuss, no muss.  Works and looks like a charm.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2012, 01:06:46 PM
The thing I worry about with building one with a chest freezer and a collar is, what if the floor of the freezer gets dirty and you want to clean it?  The collar would make it way hard to get down to the floor of the freezer to clean.  I rather like the idea of a fridge much more.  Especially for your garage? Get a used fridge off Craigslist, drill holes for taps and there you go.  Why does it need to be so portable?

Those Beermeisters are expensive!  There's a few that are under $600 on Beverage Factory.
I designed mine to sit on a seam of weather stripping. The weight of the 2"x8" collar and the 2"x10" facing on the three visible sides is more than enough weight to hold the collar steady even when opening and closing the lid. The face board "lip" keeps it from sliding. For light cleaning i just throw in a towel and wipe it around with a pair of tongs. If I need to really clean well I can lift the collar off and do the deed. No fuss, no muss.  Works and looks like a charm.
Hmmm seems like more work than it's worth, but I guess you've found a good solution for you.

This one at Beverage Factory allows you to connect your co2 up on the outside of your fridge.  It's one I'd probably look into.  http://www.beveragefactory.com/refrigerators/beer/danbyssteel-2.shtml
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 11, 2012, 01:38:36 PM
I have a Sanyo 4912 which is still available evidently, albeit under other names and manufacturer. A small fridge (no freezer compartment) holds two cornies and perhaps a third if you modify the door.


Anymore information on who the other names/manufacturers are?  I have a Sanyo 4912.  Would like to have another.

Craig's List if I can't find a new one.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: richardt on April 11, 2012, 01:53:37 PM
Thanks for the link beersk--I'm leaning towards something like that.  Not cheap with all the upgrades, but... it does sure look good.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on April 11, 2012, 02:06:52 PM
I have a Sanyo 4912 which is still available evidently, albeit under other names and manufacturer. A small fridge (no freezer compartment) holds two cornies and perhaps a third if you modify the door.


Anymore information on who the other names/manufacturers are?  I have a Sanyo 4912.  Would like to have another.

Craig's List if I can't find a new one.

I think it is Frigidaire and Danby that make or did make something extremely similar. I simply don't know now.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2012, 02:38:34 PM
Thanks for the link beersk--I'm leaning towards something like that.  Not cheap with all the upgrades, but... it does sure look good.
You can omit the upgrades if you already have a tower and co2 tank, saves you like $85.  Shipping is the costly part of order a kegerator online. 
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: Delo on April 11, 2012, 02:55:00 PM

Anymore information on who the other names/manufacturers are?  I have a Sanyo 4912.  Would like to have another.

Craig's List if I can't find a new one.
Danby, Haier, Fridgidaier had models similar and I think Kenmore for a while was a Sanyo fridge. I had a hard time finding a new one around that size a few years ago.  It seems like most manufacturers stopped making 5 cu.ft. models.  The ones that i found that were new, were expensive. Most new ones are 4.5 cu.ft.  I found mine on Craigslist. Unfortunately its still in my garage waiting to become a kegerator.  :-\

I'll check out beverage factory.  Open to any and all suggestions.
If you are not against using Craigslist, I would check there.  I see a lot of good(and bad ones) up for sale.

From what I researched a few years ago when I was looking to buy one, Danby, Sanyo, Summit and Beermeister were all good. A lot depended on what kegs you want to use and how many, the types of beer(some were not as good at holding lager temperatures), and where you want to put it, specifically if you plan to install it inside a bar or under the counter somewhere.  My friend has a Danby and loves it. He replaced out the cheaper tower for a metal one, but only uses a single tower with a single sixtel so I'm not sure how much room he has. I'd be interested in an update because if I dont get around to converting the one I have soon, I will probably be buying one.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on April 11, 2012, 03:05:29 PM
I liked the look of their Sanyo kegerators (http://www.beveragefactory.com/refrigerators/beer/sanyo.shtml) when considering the interior.
(http://cdn4.beveragefactory.com/tn2_SanyoIn021612180750.jpg)

The "hump" is at the top! Definitely room for three cornies and a tank!
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: richardt on April 11, 2012, 03:10:10 PM
Just swung by HD and noted that they had a Danby single tap kegerator.
Originally $499, then $447, today $358 (on clearance).
Took measurements to confirm 3 cornies could fit in there and they do (just barely).
The hump is on the bottom but it is curved to allow room for ponies (or the third corny).
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2012, 04:05:46 PM
I liked the look of their Sanyo kegerators (http://www.beveragefactory.com/refrigerators/beer/sanyo.shtml) when considering the interior.
(http://cdn4.beveragefactory.com/tn2_SanyoIn021612180750.jpg)

The "hump" is at the top! Definitely room for three cornies and a tank!
Man, $679 plus shipping...that adds another $100 or so.  Yeeesh.  Looks great though...
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: ccfoo242 on April 11, 2012, 05:07:19 PM
Today's morebeel deal of the day may help your decision if you were going to make one:
http://morebeer.com/view_product/16308/2012-04-11

Normally $179.00, now $134.95 w/Coupon Code BEERDEAL
Free shipping, no tax.

(http://morebeer.com/themes/morewinepro/thumbs/250x250/product_images/morebeer.com/1/4231.jpg)

Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on April 11, 2012, 05:14:04 PM
Yeah that is spendy. But that is with tank, regulator, coupler, tower and tap- maybe $200 in value? Most of the work done...

Not all homebrewers are penny pincher's like I was when starting out. Now I'd rather get exactly what I want first, instead of expending more in time and money later when adapting/fabbing and upgrading a unit that wasn't designed for serving beer in the first place.

But it is the HB DIY way... We can make it work and cheaply in the right circumstances!
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: richardt on April 11, 2012, 06:17:01 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DKC645BLS-5-8-Cu-Ft-Designer-Stainless/product-reviews/B000BPNJMA/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_2?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&pageNumber=2&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending (http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DKC645BLS-5-8-Cu-Ft-Designer-Stainless/product-reviews/B000BPNJMA/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_2?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&pageNumber=2&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending)

The product reviews have me worried about quality issues on the Danby.
Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on April 11, 2012, 06:23:02 PM
Eeewww? ???

Sounds like the one guy got a bad one- which could happen with any brand. Unfortunately, you're more likely to hear about the bad experiences than good ones.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2012, 06:41:04 PM
Right, I would take that with a grain of salt. 
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: Delo on April 11, 2012, 06:53:35 PM
As far as amazon reviews, I take them all with a grain of salt. Look at other reviews from other sites and especially from homebrewers.   They will tend to review more of the features you are interested in.   I heard mixed results about danby, but like I said my friend has one( I dont know the model) and loves it.  He has never had any problems. and I have a Danby 4.4 cu.ft. that I use for a fermentation chamber and it works great too. When I was looking I was leaning towards buying a Sanyo or Summit.  I liked the chill plate design of the Sanyo and it seemed like they were dependable and the Summit could be installed inside a bar or under a countertop.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2012, 07:08:06 PM
I would think something like this would be sweet: http://www.amazon.com/Avanti-RA752PST-Top-Freezer-Refrigerator-Platinum/dp/B001V5NWZI/ref=sr_1_14?s=appliances&ie=UTF8&qid=1334171146&sr=1-14

Wonder how many kegs that could fit.  Put a couple taps through the door, would a nice sized compact kegerator.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on April 11, 2012, 07:52:48 PM
I would think something like this would be sweet: http://www.amazon.com/Avanti-RA752PST-Top-Freezer-Refrigerator-Platinum/dp/B001V5NWZI/ref=sr_1_14?s=appliances&ie=UTF8&qid=1334171146&sr=1-14

Wonder how many kegs that could fit.  Put a couple taps through the door, would a nice sized compact kegerator.

My Holiday chest freezer is 7cu. I could put 4-5 kegs in there without a collar and it cost around $300 at Lowes. Bought it for fermenting...

For me the freezer portion the 7cu Avanti has rules it out. Besides I think you could get a 21cu fridge/freezer for that price. Now if space is an issue... that make the decision harder. Always.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2012, 08:10:36 PM
Well, the freezer could be used for hops, and you'd be able to get 3 kegs in there with co2 outside of the fridge.  I think it'd be a neat little compact kegerator.  You wouldn't need a temp controller and you wouldn't take up a bunch of space with a full size fridge.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 11, 2012, 08:21:15 PM
Beersk - There's one on craigslist here for $200.

I'm sure you can find them used.  Look around at the end of the spring college semester, which should be coming up.  Lots of good deals that time of year.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 12, 2012, 01:44:51 PM
The smaller ones are even harder to find, the apartment sized fridges, that is.  Those would be about perfect for a keg fridge I think.  That'll probably be my next setup once my current kegerator dies.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 20, 2012, 08:38:43 PM
Damn!!! http://iowacity.craigslist.org/app/2968777452.html

It's too bad I'm not in the market to build or buy a new kegerator...remember when I was saying these were hard to find?
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: narcout on April 29, 2012, 05:46:44 PM
I've had this Beverage Air kegerator for about four years now and have been very happy with it.  It can fit three 5-gallon corney kegs and a 10 lb. tank.  If you leave the tank out of the unit, you could definitley fit a fourth corney keg in there.

The blow hose for cooling the tower is a nice touch.  I did have to insulate the tower with rubatex to keep the condensation under control, but it was easy and didn't cost much.

I did a lot of research before I purchased it, and Beverage Air is a quality brand (and made in the USA).

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/kegerators/BM23-2.shtml
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 30, 2012, 01:51:14 PM
Dang dude, you paid $1500 for yours (well it probably wasn't $1500 4 years ago...)?  Yeesh, that's pricey.  Looks like an amazing kegerator though.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: narcout on April 30, 2012, 03:53:22 PM
Dang dude, you paid $1500 for yours (well it probably wasn't $1500 4 years ago...)?  Yeesh, that's pricey.  Looks like an amazing kegerator though.

It was actually a wedding present (a bunch of my friends chipped in and got me a gift certificate to the beverage factory).

If I had more space, I probably would have gone the keezer route.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on April 30, 2012, 05:08:39 PM
Dang dude, you paid $1500 for yours (well it probably wasn't $1500 4 years ago...)?  Yeesh, that's pricey.  Looks like an amazing kegerator though.

It was actually a wedding present (a bunch of my friends chipped in and got me a gift certificate to the beverage factory).

If I had more space, I probably would have gone the keezer route.
Oh nice, that's pretty sweet.  Not sure what I'll do next.  You never know when your fridge will die.  I've had mine for a little over 2 years and it was used when I got it (bought off Craigslist, who knows how long they'd owned it).  Doesn't hurt to plan ahead.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: micsager on May 01, 2012, 03:46:28 PM
I'm in the market for a commercially made kegerator (preferably 2, even 3 taps) capable of fitting two 5-gallon cornys (or three cornys, if three taps). 
Anybody have experience with them and suggestions on where to find/buy the best brands. 
This kegerator is going inside the penthouse at the condo complex, and the garage is too far away (by elevator) to be practical, so it has to be located inside the penthouse, and it has to look "really nice." 
DIY keezers and front-mounted fridge conversions aren't going to be considered due to time and aesthetics.

A few years ago the local Costco had a kegerator on sale as a floor model.  I got it for $200.  Had to switch out the Sankey for ball locks, but that's minimal expense.  Now looking for a good deal on a dual tower.  Even brand new they are $400.  Probably $200 to convert to dual tap corny.

Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on May 02, 2012, 05:33:12 PM
I'm in the market for a commercially made kegerator (preferably 2, even 3 taps) capable of fitting two 5-gallon cornys (or three cornys, if three taps). 
Anybody have experience with them and suggestions on where to find/buy the best brands. 
This kegerator is going inside the penthouse at the condo complex, and the garage is too far away (by elevator) to be practical, so it has to be located inside the penthouse, and it has to look "really nice." 
DIY keezers and front-mounted fridge conversions aren't going to be considered due to time and aesthetics.

A few years ago the local Costco had a kegerator on sale as a floor model.  I got it for $200.  Had to switch out the Sankey for ball locks, but that's minimal expense.  Now looking for a good deal on a dual tower.  Even brand new they are $400.  Probably $200 to convert to dual tap corny.


I know, it's definitely an investment.  $400 isn't too bad, but then you have shipping, which is almost a hundo.  Keep an eye out on craig's list and do your own conversion. I think that would save a bunch of money.  Unless of course it's worth it to you to not have to do the work (which I'm on the fence about).
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: Jimmy K on May 03, 2012, 02:27:59 PM
Dang dude, you paid $1500 for yours (well it probably wasn't $1500 4 years ago...)?  Yeesh, that's pricey.  Looks like an amazing kegerator though.
Parts are expensive too. I believe I spent $900 on my 4-tap converted chest freezer, though that does include the kegs.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: micsager on May 07, 2012, 03:21:36 PM
I'm in the market for a commercially made kegerator (preferably 2, even 3 taps) capable of fitting two 5-gallon cornys (or three cornys, if three taps). 
Anybody have experience with them and suggestions on where to find/buy the best brands. 
This kegerator is going inside the penthouse at the condo complex, and the garage is too far away (by elevator) to be practical, so it has to be located inside the penthouse, and it has to look "really nice." 
DIY keezers and front-mounted fridge conversions aren't going to be considered due to time and aesthetics.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nostalgia-Electrics-Stainless-Steel-Double-Kegerator-Twin-Tap-Beer-Keg-Fridge/16418338?findingMethod=rr

Not a bd deal.  (if it's any good)
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beerlord on June 06, 2012, 02:14:55 AM
My wife and mother in law bought me a Haier at Sam's for my birthday.  It's not what I would have gotten and I was looking to build one but I think the boss was worried how it would look in the house.
I have since updated to a tri tap tower and it holds 3 corny's and a Co2 tank.
So far, I'm pleased. It's quiet as hell and with 2 kegs inside, works well.
Of course, it's more fun to build and brag.  Maybe in the future.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: micsager on June 06, 2012, 02:44:32 PM
My wife and mother in law bought me a Haier at Sam's for my birthday.  It's not what I would have gotten and I was looking to build one but I think the boss was worried how it would look in the house.
I have since updated to a tri tap tower and it holds 3 corny's and a Co2 tank.
So far, I'm pleased. It's quiet as hell and with 2 kegs inside, works well.
Of course, it's more fun to build and brag.  Maybe in the future.

That's what I've had for years.  My boss just baught me a dual tower.  The thing works great. 
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on June 06, 2012, 06:33:20 PM
Your boss bought you that?  What a nice boss...

I had been looking at building something for a while, but it dawned on me yesterday to drill a hole in the side for a gas line out so I can get a 3rd keg inside for lagering/carbonating.  Doy!  Why didn't I think of this sooner!
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on June 07, 2012, 02:20:19 PM
I have a keezer that will soon be promoted to fermentation chamber. It does an AMAZING job nailing ferm temps, no matter how vigorous the activity, when used with a brew belt and a Ranco.

I'll use a cheap craigslist fridge to keep the beer cold. Taps are expensive - I started with one and just slowly bought more over time. You can always use the picnic taps until then.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: euge on June 07, 2012, 06:30:51 PM
I think he means "Bruce Springsteen". ;)

Or more likely it's SWMBO.... ;D
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on June 07, 2012, 07:45:05 PM
I think he means "Bruce Springsteen". ;)

Or more likely it's SWMBO.... ;D
Funny! Very amusing!
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: micsager on June 08, 2012, 02:43:55 PM
I think he means "Bruce Springsteen". ;)

Or more likely it's SWMBO.... ;D
Funny! Very amusing!

Yes, it was SWMBO.  Sorry guys, I'll be more clear next time. 
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on June 08, 2012, 04:45:48 PM
Oh haha, very funny. 
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: brewsumore on June 11, 2012, 04:46:27 AM
The thing I worry about with building one with a chest freezer and a collar is, what if the floor of the freezer gets dirty and you want to clean it?  The collar would make it way hard to get down to the floor of the freezer to clean. 

A sponge mop works great.
Title: Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
Post by: beersk on June 11, 2012, 01:44:44 PM
The thing I worry about with building one with a chest freezer and a collar is, what if the floor of the freezer gets dirty and you want to clean it?  The collar would make it way hard to get down to the floor of the freezer to clean. 

A sponge mop works great.
Ah, well, I'll have to remember that for when I do need to build a new kegerator.  I just upgraded my current keg fridge by drilling a hole in the side to have the gas outside of the fridge to make room for an extra keg for lagering/carbonating.  So, as long as this fridge lasts, I won't be getting anything new, but that goes without saying. Thanks for the tip.