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Title: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on August 31, 2010, 01:29:42 pm
So I'm starting to look into the possibility that maybe I will someday be able to get a Kegerator in my possession. In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone would like to share a couple of pictures of their Kegerator with me and the world. I'm looking into all the options and wanted to see what style/set-ups are popular. I'm not great with power tools and handy manning but any input would be appreciated.

Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: 6thstreet on September 01, 2010, 12:57:24 pm
I built this one that I saw here: http://kegkits.com/kegerator1.htm

Very easy build, small and classy.  One problem is now I wish I had more on tap.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 01, 2010, 12:59:53 pm
(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/th_DSC00249.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/?action=view&current=DSC00249.jpg)  (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/th_DSC00251.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/?action=view&current=DSC00251.jpg)  (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/th_DSC00253.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/?action=view&current=DSC00253.jpg)  (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/th_DSC00252.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh233/Rabid_Dingo/Brewing/?action=view&current=DSC00252.jpg)

Here is mine, what I want to showcase is the bar I used to keep me from pouring my beer when I open the freezer.
The taps were places high on purpose. I did not want to bend over to draw a pint. But it created a new problem.
Solution, I screwed in an iron bar about 12" long and 1/2" wide to the door. It sits behind the fridge door. When I open the
freezer it pushed both the doors open. A little weird at first and it takes a while to get used to but it works.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Robert on September 01, 2010, 01:27:23 pm
I went with a chest freezer with 2X4 Cedar collar

(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af246/rsauermann/Kegerator%20Build/002.jpg)
(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af246/rsauermann/Kegerator%20Build/004.jpg)
(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af246/rsauermann/Kegerator%20Build/Kegerator001.jpg)

Super simple, you don't even need to do the angle cuts, I just did them to try and look nice, but my woodworking skill is not very high so they didn't completely line up. A little caulk and a lot of polyuerethane took care of that though. Used chalkboard paint on the lid so I can label each tap.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: denny on September 01, 2010, 02:50:10 pm
Snazzy, Robert!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dhacker on September 01, 2010, 03:20:00 pm
While I was building the draft tower . . .

(http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af255/dhacker50/Draft%20system/DraftTower1.jpg)

(http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af255/dhacker50/Draft%20system/DraftTower2.jpg)
 
(http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af255/dhacker50/Draft%20system/DraftTower3.jpg)

(http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af255/dhacker50/Draft%20system/DraftTower4.jpg)


And now . . as it sits on the kegerator. All Ventmatic. Thanks Slowes and Home Despot for the raw materials!  ;D

(http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af255/dhacker50/Draft%20system/DraftTower6.jpg)




Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Robert on September 01, 2010, 03:37:20 pm
 :o

Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: denny on September 01, 2010, 03:42:33 pm
Wow....you guys have skills far beyond mine.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dhacker on September 01, 2010, 04:02:27 pm
Aww Denny, you still have the best rye IPA around. We all have our talents. That's what makes us a great diverse community!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 01, 2010, 04:12:19 pm
dhacker.....WOW!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 01, 2010, 04:20:01 pm
Aww Denny, you still have the best rye IPA around. We all have our talents. That's what makes us a great diverse community!

Yeah man!

That VBIP from last fall is right on the money.  I had two pints over the weekend and shazaam!   8)

I will be making more.  By the way...I prefer it aged in the keg.   :-*
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on September 01, 2010, 04:40:53 pm
dhacker Wow! That is some seriously impressive woodwork. I suppose I should get the bottom half of that set-up figured out before I aspire to carve a masterpiece like that.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 01, 2010, 04:52:29 pm
dhacker Wow!

+1000

Awesome!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on September 01, 2010, 07:45:39 pm
I'm not great with power tools and handy manning but any input would be appreciated.

Me either... and I made one similiar to the ones shown (minus the one with custom molding).

Its not a difficult task if you've got a lot of pics to lead the way (like these)...

I'll post some of mine once I get all the faucets (its the most expensive part!).

I also used a 2x6 instead of 2x4. I bought a smaller kegerator, so a 2x6 lets me keep 6.5 gal carboys in it for lagering.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: denny on September 02, 2010, 09:48:39 am
Yeah man!

That VBIP from last fall is right on the money.  I had two pints over the weekend and shazaam!   8)

I will be making more.  By the way...I prefer it aged in the keg.   :-*

Heathen....;)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Robert on September 02, 2010, 10:11:19 am

I also used a 2x6 instead of 2x4. I bought a smaller kegerator, so a 2x6 lets me keep 6.5 gal carboys in it for lagering.

I went with 2X4 due to Texas heat. Originally this thing was going to be in my garage and I wanted to lose as little insulation as possible. I've seen some really nice ones with full panels running the length of the sides to give a nice finish. I'm not that big on aesthetics.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on September 02, 2010, 11:26:14 am
I also used a 2x6 instead of 2x4. I bought a smaller kegerator, so a 2x6 lets me keep 6.5 gal carboys in it for lagering.
I went with 2X4 due to Texas heat. Originally this thing was going to be in my garage and I wanted to lose as little insulation as possible. I've seen some really nice ones with full panels running the length of the sides to give a nice finish. I'm not that big on aesthetics.
I used two 2x4s stacked, and then covered it with a stained/sealed piece of 1"x8" clear pine.  Some trim pieces on the top and bottom to make it look a little nicer.  I needed the extra room to fit kegs on the compressor, so now I can fit 5 in there.  Unfortunately my new 5-way secondary regulator doesn't fit very well, so I'll probably be taking the collar off and redoing it with something to give me even more height.  It's either that or take a keg out  :o
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: ghumphrey on September 04, 2010, 06:05:59 pm
I, like many around here, found a chest freezer on Craigslist and converted it to be a kegerator. My last stand up fridge had 5 taps, so I needed to get a freezer that held at least the same number.

I wanted the collar to be a more "finished," so I covered the 2x6 rough pine collar with a cherry-stained 1x6 pine finish boards cut at a mitre. I trimmed out the rest of the collar with pine corner trim and 1/2 in' trim on the inside:

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs315.snc4/41069_1558992130400_1103187760_31603774_6618803_n.jpg)

Actually, if I pushed it, this one could hold eight taps, providing I use the 3 gallon ball lock kegs to sit on the compressor hump. Otherwise, I've got room for one more 5 gallon corney.

The CO2 tank is on the outside and feeds two 3-way manifolds. Tubing is secured to the collar via plumbing collars.

Two day project. Easy.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dhacker on September 04, 2010, 06:36:23 pm
Very pretty . . nice tap handles!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: beveragebob on September 05, 2010, 12:00:52 am
Awesome craftsmanship. My only questions are how does the wood hold the moisture effect and are there any insulation issues? It looks like you have a clod hose passthrough no doubt running off a blower in the cold box. I'll have to post pics of mine but, I was lazy and everything was store bought.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on September 05, 2010, 12:41:36 am
Here's the pics of mine.  Like I said, 2 2x4s stacked to bump up the space, with 1x8 clear pine around the outside.  This lets me stack kegs on the compressor, but I didn't leave much room so now my new 5 way secondary regulator doesn't quite fit.  I could remove a keg to make room, but who wants to do that?

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_j-Iuc3I_JMk/TIM6iz6CezI/AAAAAAAAACM/X_e3HlnmyJk/IMG00077-20100904-2332.jpg)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_j-Iuc3I_JMk/TIM6jNFI7zI/AAAAAAAAACQ/51zypLQd-nA/IMG00075-20100904-2329.jpg)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dhacker on September 05, 2010, 06:39:31 am
Here's the pics of mine.  Like I said, 2 2x4s stacked to bump up the space, with 1x8 clear pine around the outside.  This lets me stack kegs on the compressor, but I didn't leave much room so now my new 5 way secondary regulator doesn't quite fit.  I could remove a keg to make room, but who wants to do that?

Good plan! My solution to the compressor hump was to buy a half dozen 3 gallon kegs. Glad I did it when they were affordable!  :D
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Beertracker on September 05, 2010, 09:48:06 pm
Nice job with the collars & sleeves guys! You guys are obviously more motivated than myself, as I just use the ever faithful $1.29¢ picnic tap. Truly lame, I know.  :-[ 
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: ghumphrey on September 06, 2010, 02:10:34 pm
Awesome craftsmanship. My only questions are how does the wood hold the moisture effect and are there any insulation issues? It looks like you have a clod hose passthrough no doubt running off a blower in the cold box. I'll have to post pics of mine but, I was lazy and everything was store bought.

On the inside of the collar I used oil-based KILZ - no insulation issues at all. I used industrial grade foam weather stripping between the freezer and the collar, along with a healthy dose of silicone caulk all around the inside, just be extra sure.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on September 21, 2010, 03:10:01 pm
Alright internet friends! I'm working on some craiglist's transactions and I will hopefully have the fundage to buy a chest freezer for fermentation and eventually keggeration. What sizes should I be looking for? Is there such thing as overkill or is bigger better?

I have 3 potential candidates one is 12 cubic ft, another is 42" Wide, 22" deep, 36" tall (similar size in cubic feet I believe), and a 15.7 cubic ft chest freezer.

What are other considerations besides size that I should be looking into to?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dbeechum on September 21, 2010, 05:06:17 pm
Always go for the biggest size that will fit and is newest. I've never heard anyone lamenting that their chest freezer is too damn big. :)

Old ones may seem like a bargain but then you start seeing the difference in monthly power costs the gap disappears rapidly.

 
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: corkybstewart on September 22, 2010, 08:42:29 am
(http://i362.photobucket.com/albums/oo65/rocdoc1/my%20beer%20stuff/Corkysbeerstuff008.jpg)
Mine is a 12.8 cu ft sheathed in oak plywood with a solid oak collar
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: corkybstewart on September 22, 2010, 08:48:53 am
Here's the inside with a bunch of bottled beer stored in the basket and on top of the kegs.  Also I have new tap handles that you can see the backs of.  I glued 1/32" steel strips to a rectangular piece of wood attached to the faucets, then I bought sheets of thick magnet paper to use as labels.  It's easy to change the labels as needed.

http://i362.photobucket.com/albums/oo65/rocdoc1/my%20beer%20stuff/Oktoberfest2009002.jpg[/IMG]
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 22, 2010, 09:17:39 am
Here's the inside with a bunch of bottled beer stored in the basket and on top of the kegs.  Also I have new tap handles that you can see the backs of.  I glued 1/32" steel strips to a rectangular piece of wood attached to the faucets, then I bought sheets of thick magnet paper to use as labels.  It's easy to change the labels as needed.

http://i362.photobucket.com/albums/oo65/rocdoc1/my%20beer%20stuff/Oktoberfest2009002.jpg[/IMG]

Time to party!

By the way...Nice kegerator!  8)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on September 22, 2010, 09:28:33 am
Always go for the biggest size that will fit and is newest. I've never heard anyone lamenting that their chest freezer is too damn big. :)

Old ones may seem like a bargain but then you start seeing the difference in monthly power costs the gap disappears rapidly.

 

Good call, I didn't even think about power consumption as a long term cost. Newest and biggest, check.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Norm! on September 23, 2010, 01:41:09 pm
Here is my setup, went with new energy efficient models and also went vertical for the obvious reasons,
The freezer to the right is a twin used as a fermentation chamber!

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/norm_58183/beer/finkeez-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 23, 2010, 01:44:02 pm
Very nice Norm!

I like how you have diamond plate backing the drip tray assembly.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Norm! on September 23, 2010, 01:47:30 pm
Thanks its a nice way to attach the drip tray, making it removeable with out drilling more holes! somewhere in that door are the wires for the display at the top left!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on September 23, 2010, 02:19:27 pm
Here is my setup, went with new energy efficient models and also went vertical for the obvious reasons,





So what are the obvious reasons for going vertical? I'm oblivious to the obvious...
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on September 23, 2010, 02:51:39 pm
Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy-
BF
Who is BF?  Because Benjamin Franklin never said that :)

I don't know the "obvious" reasons for going vertical either, I switched from vertical to chest freezer.  Ease of getting kegs into it?  That's the only thing I can think of.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Norm! on September 23, 2010, 02:58:08 pm
Yup, ease of getting kegs in and out, less floor space, shelves for bottled beers and yeast! 
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on September 23, 2010, 04:46:25 pm
Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy-
BF
Who is BF?  Because Benjamin Franklin never said that :)


My socks tell me a different story.(http://images.teamestrogen.com/ri/300/300/pre_8_4_08/SG-BEE.jpg) Who was the first person to say that? I feel like this happens a lot- someone says something clever and then someone who is famous for being clever takes credit for it.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on September 23, 2010, 04:56:20 pm
My socks tell me a different story.
Your socks are liars.   ;D

The first person to say it was probably some marketing guy who said, "Hey, why don't we take something Benjamin Franklin said about wine, make it about beer, and print it on t-shirts [or socks :)].  I'll bet we could make a bunch of money that way!"

It comes from a letter he wrote to André Morellet in 1779.  In the letter, he said:
Quote
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.  The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Rhoobarb on September 24, 2010, 08:35:08 am
Here is mine.

(http://www.homebrewchatter.com/board/attachment.php?attachmentid=2489&d=1258984108)

(http://www.homebrewchatter.com/board/attachment.php?attachmentid=2490&d=1258984108)

At some point I plan to put on a faux-granite top (my wife's idea) and route out the area where the drip tray is so it will sit flush.  I also plan to sheath it in oak.  One question for you guys that have covered yours in wood - did you glue the wood right to the outer walls of the freezer or did you use strip wood spacers?  I've been told conflicting warnings about overheating the unit.  Some say it needs air circulating b/w the walls and the wood, so leave some space. Others have told me just the opposite - that having air circulating b/w the walls and the wood would lead to overheating and I should glue the wood directly to the outer walls.  Which is correct?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dcbc on September 28, 2010, 10:43:22 am
After 7 years of having a freestanding kegerator in the laundry room, I was able to convince my wife to go with a more permanent solution.  When there's food on it, it's a dining room buffet.  Otherwise, it's the bar.  The old freestanding summit is now on lagering duty.

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TG3Mb15kjlI/AAAAAAAADDA/CG1IU0pYpxU/s512/100_2087.JPG)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TG3McL5eeOI/AAAAAAAADDE/ncdaqa-3DsE/s512/100_2088.JPG)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TG3McPJ0DRI/AAAAAAAADDI/7ns8yOalYo4/s512/100_2089.JPG)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TG3McN5f6dI/AAAAAAAADDM/7LDiGbeu5Is/s512/100_2090.JPG)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: ryang on September 28, 2010, 10:50:48 am
Very nice.

That's classy.  Looks great!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Norm! on September 28, 2010, 10:59:52 am
That is very nice!  With something like that, I might get away with an Indoor setup!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Me on September 28, 2010, 11:09:02 am
My socks tell me a different story.
Your socks are liars.   ;D

The first person to say it was probably some marketing guy who said, "Hey, why don't we take something Benjamin Franklin said about wine, make it about beer, and print it on t-shirts [or socks :)].  I'll bet we could make a bunch of money that way!"

It comes from a letter he wrote to André Morellet in 1779.  In the letter, he said:
Quote
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.  The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it.

I'm gonna be ignorant and just believe that at some point Ol' Ben said something about beer being amazing. And that marketing guy was right because I definitely bought those socks because the quote was so cool (and they're nice bike socks).
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on September 28, 2010, 12:22:13 pm
I'm gonna be ignorant and just believe that at some point Ol' Ben said something about beer being amazing. And that marketing guy was right because I definitely bought those socks because the quote was so cool (and they're nice bike socks).
I fully support you wallowing in your ignorance, as long as you know that's what you're doing.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: eric on September 28, 2010, 02:55:15 pm
what size chest freezer do you need for 4 to 5 cornie kegs plus a 5 gal carboy?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: theDarkSide on September 29, 2010, 06:22:29 am
what size chest freezer do you need for 4 to 5 cornie kegs plus a 5 gal carboy?

I can fit 4 corny's in my 7 cu ft chest freezer, 6 if it has a collar and two are on the hump.  I'd probably go with a 14 cu ft chest freezer because you know you'll get more kegs in the future...resistance is futile.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: MrNate on September 29, 2010, 07:31:23 am
My everyday kegorator isn't much to look at, but here's my party bar:

(http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/nutkeis/Brewing/Feb_08004.jpg)

(http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/nutkeis/Brewing/Feb_08005.jpg)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 29, 2010, 07:33:45 am
My everyday kegorator isn't much to look at, but here's my party bar:

(http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/nutkeis/Brewing/Feb_08004.jpg)


That's a beauty!

Where did you buy that?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: MrNate on September 29, 2010, 07:35:37 am
My everyday kegorator isn't much to look at, but here's my party bar:

(http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/nutkeis/Brewing/Feb_08004.jpg)


That's a beauty!

Where did you buy that?

Home Depot, Michael's, and Ebay... One piece at a time.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 29, 2010, 07:39:28 am
Let me guess...a chest freezer is inside the cabinet and Perlick faucets for tapping?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: MrNate on September 29, 2010, 07:44:36 am
No, a cold plate in the coffin box. The whole thing comes apart and folds up. I made it for big outdoor parties.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on September 29, 2010, 07:54:58 am
No, a cold plate in the coffin box. The whole thing comes apart and folds up. I made it for big outdoor parties.

Very nice coffin box!  ;)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: ryang on September 29, 2010, 07:55:38 am
No, a cold plate in the coffin box. The whole thing comes apart and folds up. I made it for big outdoor parties.

That's awesome.  Very nice work there sir.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: MrNate on September 29, 2010, 08:01:13 am
Thanks guys. I just wanted something a little nicer than the trash can or cooler sytems everyone uses.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dhacker on October 01, 2010, 07:14:58 pm
A real beauty! The neighborhood no doubt knows where to hang when that thing is setup!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: jasoncap on December 29, 2010, 08:16:24 am
This is a pretty plain Jane kegerator, but I just finished making this copper draft tower and wanted to show it off a little bit.  The tower started life as a piece of scrap 3" copper pipe and with some creativity, luck, and many hours sanding, became what you see here.  I toyed with the idea of making myself a drip tray, but after the time I put into making the tower itself I am just going to buy one...

(http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x329/jasoncap1/018.jpg)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: lonnie mac on December 29, 2010, 09:02:23 am
Most have seen mine as it is getting quite old now...

(http://www.alenuts.com/kegerator.jpg)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Rhoobarb on December 29, 2010, 02:27:38 pm
Most have seen mine as it is getting quite old now...
Damn, Lonnie!  That's very close to what I'd like to do with mine!  Nice work.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on December 29, 2010, 02:29:17 pm
Most have seen mine as it is getting quite old now...

(http://www.alenuts.com/kegerator.jpg)


Very, very nice setup Lonnie!  8)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: lonnie mac on December 29, 2010, 03:39:13 pm
Thanks! This was in BYO about 6 years ago, back when I was trying to promote the idea of wrapping a chest freezer in wood. Crazy. I gave up the idea because it never really caught on!  :D

My wife and I still eat here at this dinner bar every night. It is still running strong and holds six kegs, although I can never keep six kegs in it it seems.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: lazydog79 on January 04, 2011, 06:41:42 am
I've got a question for those of you with the sweet collar-modified chest freezers.  How much did the project cost you start to finish? I'm talking about the whole 9 yards - 4-5 kegs, freezer, temp controller, faucets, shanks, manifolds, freezer modification etc.  I've been resisting the urge to build a kegging setup, but I don't know if I can much longer.  I like the way those look.  As I plan for it, having a dollar goal for the project would be helpful.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: oscarvan on January 04, 2011, 09:41:51 am
I did the keggerator, but here's a "chainsaw math" estimate.....

Freezer used off Craigslist: $200
Temp regulator                   $100
Cornies, $40 each * 5         $200
Lumber/hardware misc       $100
CO2 + regulator                 $150
Pressure side manifolds
connectors and hoses        $100
Liquid side connectors
and hoses                         $50
Taps and shanks (do NOT
skimp here.......)               $300

So, let's say ttl                 $1200


Now, if you get the freezer for free from aunt Sally, and anything else on sale........ But this is probably a good base line.

I paid $50 for my fridge, have three Cornies and taps (so far) a spare CO2 bottle, and a dual regulator and I'm at about $750          
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: lazydog79 on January 04, 2011, 10:02:37 am
Thanks, oscarvan!  Now, for the $1200 part...  "Honey....."   :P
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dbohn on January 04, 2011, 10:16:52 am
I'm not sure how this works in your neighborhood, but Yahoo has a section called "free cycle". You will need to create a Yahoo e-mail account if you don't have one but I just picked up two great refrigerators for FREE (Lagering fridge, and kegerator). Also, see if you can barter with other brewers someone is always looking to trade something.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: miguelpanderland on January 04, 2011, 11:57:29 am
I'm not sure how this works in your neighborhood, but Yahoo has a section called "free cycle". You will need to create a Yahoo e-mail account if you don't have one but I just picked up two great refrigerators for FREE (Lagering fridge, and kegerator). Also, see if you can barter with other brewers someone is always looking to trade something.

Where is this section in Yahoo?  Sounds like a great opportunity to gear up.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dano14041 on January 04, 2011, 12:32:09 pm
This is nowhere near finished, but here it is, the beginning of my kegerator.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15193128@N02/5322290558/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15193128@N02/5322290558/)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: rjharper on January 04, 2011, 03:24:46 pm
My six-banger.  I'm probably ~$1500 in on this one with 10 kegs. Its a 15.4 cu ft with a 2"x8" collar.

(http://l14.sphotos.l3.fbcdn.net/hphotos-l3-snc4/hs1236.snc4/156874_10150114619370081_285119700080_7780355_344701_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs953.snc4/74617_10150114619415081_285119700080_7780356_6867953_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs736.ash1/162912_10150114619435081_285119700080_7780357_5260012_n.jpg)

More pics here http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193906&id=285119700080 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193906&id=285119700080)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: oscarvan on January 04, 2011, 08:01:10 pm
Beer porn! Love it.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: gsandel on January 06, 2011, 07:45:33 am
I am in the middle of my build:
Temp controller: $75
7 cf freezer: $100 on craigslist
Keggorator setup: $50 on craigslist (20# co2 tank, regulator, sanke coupler, cheapo tap faucet.
New hoses, fittings for keggorator (with 3 keg co2 splitter): $100 from LHBS
New 5 gal keg: $40 LHBS (I have since found a local supplier for $35 on craigslist, more to come)
New 5 gallon keg full from Brekenridge brewery ($36 with AHA discount) plus $50 for deposit on their keg.
Wood: found a wooden bed frame in alley for intended use: $0

I will have to spend a little on insulation and weatherstripping, but not likely more than $20 more....so for about $450-$500
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: onthekeg on January 07, 2011, 10:22:35 am
Heres my portable one.
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/dalet56245/IMG00005.jpg)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: bluesman on January 07, 2011, 10:28:53 am
Heres my portable one.
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/dalet56245/IMG00005.jpg)

Yes...you can actually tell folks that you have a beer wagon.  :D
Title: My simple one...
Post by: originalben on January 10, 2011, 06:26:41 am
(http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/medium/DSC00474.JPG)

Free fridge, 2 Perlicks, regulator, connections and 10lb tank - KegConnection-$350- 3 cornies- eBay $100, drip tray from Barstuff $20

Total $470

Hi!
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: rayallen on January 17, 2011, 05:00:20 pm
All of you guys are a inspiration to a newbie. Im about to brew my 1st beer this week and have been wanting a kegerator for while now, but damn they are expensive. Looks like Ive found a few ways to save some money.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on January 18, 2011, 07:21:50 pm
Apologies for the crap mobile photos...

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/mattschwandt/photo1-3.jpg)
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/mattschwandt/photo2-5.jpg)
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/mattschwandt/photo3-3.jpg)]
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dano14041 on January 21, 2011, 09:38:32 pm
An update on my kegerator build. Added a second faucet, a secondary bank, and some other things.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15193128@N02/5376580521/in/set-72157625614267325/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15193128@N02/5376580521/in/set-72157625614267325/)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15193128@N02/5377180272/in/set-72157625614267325/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15193128@N02/5377180272/in/set-72157625614267325/)

I have a third faucet and keg setup ordered and will add a 4th on payday at the end of the month.
It is slowly coming together.  :)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: z-z on January 28, 2011, 10:59:47 am
I guess I'll add mine. Before you ask: It was the wife's idea to put it in the kitchen when we remodeled!

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w14/zaharevitz/DSC00674.jpg)

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w14/zaharevitz/DSC00675.jpg)

Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 11:26:14 am
I guess I'll add mine. Before you ask: It was the wife's idea to put it in the kitchen when we remodeled!
Marry her!  Oh, wait . . . ;D
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dak0415 on January 28, 2011, 11:46:20 am
I guess I'll add mine. Before you ask: It was the wife's idea to put it in the kitchen when we remodeled!
Marry her!  Oh, wait . . . ;D
Don't have kids, do ya?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 11:56:31 am
I guess I'll add mine. Before you ask: It was the wife's idea to put it in the kitchen when we remodeled!
Marry her!  Oh, wait . . . ;D
Don't have kids, do ya?
Sure, but they're 5.  When they get older the keg fridge just might end up with some of these . . .
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/taps-faucets-cid-31.html
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Rhoobarb on January 28, 2011, 12:51:08 pm
For Lonnie or others who have wrapped their chest freezers in wood, did you attach wood right to the freezer's outside walls or use framing strips to add some space b/w the freezer and the wood?  I've heard folks argue that one method is correct and the other is not.  Supposedly one method keeps the freezer from getting too hot and/or dissipating heat.  But nobody seems to agree on which method is correct!  ::)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: lonnie mac on January 28, 2011, 02:57:43 pm
For Lonnie or others who have wrapped their chest freezers in wood, did you attach wood right to the freezer's outside walls or use framing strips to add some space b/w the freezer and the wood?  I've heard folks argue that one method is correct and the other is not.  Supposedly one method keeps the freezer from getting too hot and/or dissipating heat.  But nobody seems to agree on which method is correct!  ::)


There is no arguing about it my friend. Do not stick wood directly against the surface. You can feel how hot the sides of your freezer gets when you run it. You want to get rid of this heat exchange just like you would in real life. If you would like, read my site a bit in my link below. I have an exhaust fan that pulls air from all sides of the freezer and exhaust it out the back every time the freezer kicks on. 
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Rhoobarb on January 28, 2011, 03:17:23 pm
There is no arguing about it my friend. Do not stick wood directly against the surface. You can feel how hot the sides of your freezer gets when you run it. ...
My freezer must run pretty cool b/c the sides never get hot. Regardless, I'll heed your advice and take a look at your site for "inspiration"!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: lonnie mac on January 28, 2011, 03:23:07 pm
Ah! I guess mine is around 7 or 8 years old now... I like to think if it as the oldest chest freezer wrapped in wood. It is still going strong...
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: dcbc on January 29, 2011, 11:28:31 am
I guess I'll add mine. Before you ask: It was the wife's idea to put it in the kitchen when we remodeled!

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w14/zaharevitz/DSC00674.jpg)

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w14/zaharevitz/DSC00675.jpg)



Excellent.  Mine did the same thing, but she just wanted it out of the laundry room.  So we had it built in to a buffet in the dining room.  Well, it's a buffet when there's food on it.  Otherwise, it's pretty much a bar. :)
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: EThome on February 18, 2011, 04:55:48 pm
Very impressive all! Given that a chest freezer is likely coming my way in the not too distant future (once the folks downsize and move into a condo) I hope to be doing a similar conversion myself. You have all provided some great inspiration.

One thing I was wondering - all the chest freezer conversions showcased here appear to have the collar attached to the freezer and not the lid. I watched a YouTube video of another conversion where he had the collar connected to the lid. Mentioned something about it being much easier to lift full cornys over the freezer w/o the collar.

Any comments from those already using a chest freezer/kegerator?
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: Mark G on February 18, 2011, 05:17:36 pm
Attaching the collar to the lid means when you open it, the shanks and whatever hardware you have attached to the collar lift away. The downside is that you need more clearance behind the freezer for the lid to swing open. I've also seen some where there are hinges on both the lid and the freezer, so you can either open just the lid, or open the lid and collar. Mine has the collar attached to the freezer, just because it was the easiest way to build it. I can't say either way is better...
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: tschmidlin on February 18, 2011, 05:25:12 pm
I've seen that too.  I did it with it on the freezer because I didn't want to have to lift the collar with the lid, I wasn't sure the hinges were strong enough to support it and I didn't want to have to put a stick in it to hold it open.  If that doesn't bother you or if you're vertically challenged then it makes some sense though.  With an 8" collar and the whole thing elevated 6" (on a little cart I built for it) I have no problem lifting a full keg into it, but I have a height advantage.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: gsandel on February 20, 2011, 08:00:57 am
I am vertically challenged (I like to say I am averaged height....for women), but elected to have the collar attached to the freezer and remount the hinges to it.  I felt that the weight of the collar would be too great to support, and attaching the collar to the lid must be stout as it moves....if it falls on you while loading, it could hurt. (not to mention that you are in a world of hurt if the hinges break.  If I was making the collar out of a lighter material (plastic of some sort would work) I might have felt differently.
Title: Re: Kegerator Showcase
Post by: corkybstewart on February 20, 2011, 09:19:48 am
Ah! I guess mine is around 7 or 8 years old now... I like to think if it as the oldest chest freezer wrapped in wood. It is still going strong...
Mine is 6 years old, with the wood against the freezer on the front and ends.  After I built it I worried about it a little bit but never got around to doing anything about it.  I think the concern is overblown, my garage normally hits 100+ in the summer but the freezer runs just fine.