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Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:48:23 AM »
I have been thinking about purchasing a commercial-grade kegerator.  Does anyone have experience with True, Beverage Air, or UBC kegerators?   I already own a dedicated beer refrigerator, so this purchase is more of a want than a need. 

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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 12:24:58 PM »
I've had a Beverage Air for about 5 years now and have been very happy with it. 

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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2014, 12:38:23 PM »
I have a True GDM-12 (upright fridge, not kegerator) and I love it. I use it for fermenting larger batches, but I would recommend anything that True makes. Real workhorses.
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 07:47:10 PM »
I have two Bev-Air kegerators. Very Happy with them both. I would recommend that when you get one that you take the condenser pan off, clean if necessary and put 4 or 5 coats of rustoleum paint on the inside and outside of the pan. ALthough they are galvanized, they WILL start to rust after about 4-5 years.
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 08:23:19 PM »
One thing to consider is the compressor noise. Unlike residential units commercial units are noisier.


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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 10:22:34 PM »
I'll have to agree on the noise situ. Also, you may want to consider at least a 20 amp circuit, I'm on a 15 amp and my house lights dim every time it kicks on but, it makes me proud  8)
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 10:45:57 PM »
It's going into an unfinished basement that has several dedicated 20A circuits.

With that said, I just like the look of commercial kegerators.  They are built like tanks compared to the kegerators that are targeted at residential consumers.   I used to know a guy who owned a Superior Products-labeled commercial kegerator when I first started to brew back in the early nineties.  I was too house poor at that point in time to even think about that kind of luxury. 

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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 05:04:54 AM »
Another thing to consider is power consumption. I have an old commercial kegerator which I moved out of the laundry room to the garage and have not yet gotten back in service and the power bill dropped when it left the grid. I'm sure they have made some advances in efficiency, but just something to keep in mind. Commercial businesses don't typically care about $10+ more per month, you may.
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 08:28:15 AM »
Most of the Superior Products kegerators were Bev-Air.
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2014, 09:55:30 AM »
The modern BM23 is Energy Star certified. 

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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2014, 10:56:28 AM »
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/beverage-air-bm23-compressor-problem-232354/#post2744165

Let's see. The manual says 1.85 kWh (per day).

1.85 X 365 = 675.25 X POWER RATE

Rates are dependent, but the average in the us is about 12 cents.

675.25 x 0.12 = $81.03 / 12 = $6.75 per month

So at 12 cents it is less than my stated $10 per month, but not a lot less and if you live in some states it could be more than $10 per month. ;)
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2014, 12:11:50 PM »
The modern BM23 is Energy Star certified.

That is the one I have (BM23-2).

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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2014, 12:23:52 PM »
Bought the cheap Danby from Home Depot 8 years ago for about $200.  Immediately switched out the single tower to a dual tower with Perlick taps as it fits two Corny kegs easily inside.  Continues to work great without a problem all these years.  Wish I had bought two, or maybe even three.
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2014, 12:04:28 PM »
I do not think that $6.75 per month is going to break the bank.   That's about what it costs to operate a 14 cu. ft refrigerator per month.   As I mentioned earlier, this purchase is more of a want than a need, so it may never happen.   
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Re: Commercial Kegerators
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2014, 03:27:57 PM »
Certainly would hope $10 or less per month wouldn't break the bank.

As far as the same as a 14 cf fridge, maybe an old one. The smallest fridge I could find was 14.8cf and it only eats 443 kWh per year. In fact I could find no fridge on the Sears site which used as much electricity as the kegerator. I was able to locate an upright freezer which used more. ;)
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