August 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm #22500
This post isn’t very backwoods, gun, or gardening related. Maybe some sort of SHTF weekend event where you have more people than beer? It is however AWESOME!!!!!
After many years of putting it off, I finally did the work needed to get my kegerator up and running. As you can see from the picture below, I have two CO2 beers and one nitrogen beer on tap. The picture below is how the system looked after installing the shanks and taps. The finished build is at the bottom.
The refrigerator was given to me by my brother a while ago. It ended up quitting me for about a year. I then REALLY examined the wiring and found that all I needed to do was tighten a connection. Been working ever since. There was already one hole drilled and a pretty worn/nasty spout installed. He also ran a CO2 hose through the side, but was down in the corner so that kegs could very easily pinch a line. I did a few modifications to make it my own (read as BETTER!!!).
As you can see, I installed a manifold for my CO2 so that I could run two beers off the one tank. I color coded it so that it would look nice as well. The second hole you see is for my nitrogen lines. It was tough, but I drilled the hole just barely big enough for the hose so that I didn’t have to worry about sealing them. The hose is nice and tight without any cold air detectable outside of the fridge. No need for any expandable foam mess! I also built a floor for the kegs to sit on out of some scrap wood I had laying around. This has helped keep things in place as well as protecting the bottom of the refrigerator from the kegs as I swap them out.
Another thing I did was for ease of swapping couplers and kegs around as I changed out beer. If you look, I put ball lock keg fittings on all my gas lines and I put sankey to ball lock quick disconnect conversion kits on my couplers. By doing this, I can easily swap out between American and European sankey couplers, “M” couplers, or just use the ball lock system for homebrew in corny kegs. It gives me much more freedom in my beer choices. I also did this for my nitrogen system so I can swap in the same fashion. This means that I can use my Guinness coupler (U coupler), sankeys or hook up a corny there as well.
I did the same thing with the beer lines. You can see the ball lock connectors in the door tray. I put the Guinness between the two Perlick faucets so that it wasn’t as odd if I was not running all three beers at once for whatever reason.
To drill the holes, I used a 1/2 inch hole saw. They are about $10 from Home Depot for a good one. It really wasn’t that big of a chore and it really came out well.
The faucet handle situation did need to be rethought a bit. The actual tall, bar style handles I originally acquired didn’t fit correctly where I have the spout. The handles hit the door and thus didn’t close out the faucet properly. This was a serious problem and I had to get shorter handles.
One thing I will end up building is a tank stand/holder to keep them safe. My CO2 tank actually was originally a soda machine tank, but I reallocated it for a while to do some welding. It already has food style CO2 in it, so hopefully my welds don’t get sick since it wasn’t a welding mix……
Now there does seem to be a difference between the CO2 and Nitrogen regulators. Here are both next to each other and one picture of just the Nitrogen regulator.
I was a little surprised by the differences between CO2 and nitrogen regulators. Notice how the second gauge goes all the way to 60 PSI? Guinness for instance should be run around the 30 mark from what I have been told and have read. Currently mine ends up staying between 25 and 28 without any problem.
Since I have not decided what to do for a drip tray yet, I will have to also do some thinking there. I have been considering re-purposing something completely obnoxious for the task, but can’t find anything worthy as of yet. There is no doubt that I will think of something, however. I might just weld up something out of steel. We will have to see.
When you are all done, this is how you can get yourself 3 choices on tap. I have a ½ barrel of Coors Light, 1 1/6 barrel of Guinness, and 1 1/6 barrel of Angry Orchard. The temp is perfect and while running the CO2 at 12 psi, I get perfect pours.
If you decide to do your own kegerator, do yourself a favor and do it right from the beginning. I have seen many that were done in a haphazard fashion that were just given away a while later because it didn’t fit the person’s needs. Spend the money for the right parts and just get it done. Also, add yourself some red Solo cups in a dispenser. It really gives your build just the right touch!
http://ageofdecadence.comAugust 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm #22507
Now that is a prep.
I just bottle my own home brew.August 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm #22508
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Whirlibird wrote:</div>Now that is a prep.
I just bottle my own home brew.
My brother just got set up for brewing and is “working the bugs out.” I do my own with syrup and then just throw them into Grolsch bottles, but with this setup I can load them into corney kegs. Once my brother gets everything figured out with regard to brewing with grain, I will probably drop the 1/2 barrel and just load up 3-4 additional corney kegs in its place. That is assuming that I get set up for brewing from grains as well…..
http://ageofdecadence.comAugust 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm #22526
Very nice! A good friend of mine has a kegerator in his garage and its great. A true prepper however needs to find a way to keep it cold post-SHTF. I mean would we have really survived the apocalypse if we started drinking warm beer like the Europeans? On the last Doomsday Preppers there was a guy in VT that built a cold storage room in the spirit of the ice houses of long ago. He fills something like 300 plastic buckets of water, lets them freeze solid in the winter, and they keep the storage room cold all summer.
I have beer-making on my to do list, maybe this winter. I’ve gathered up basic supplies for bottling etc and have been saving my empties rather than sending them to recycling. I figure I could clean off the labels and re-sterilize them for re-use. In the spring I hope to plant a couple hops plants that I’m getting from a friend.
In a similar vein I plan an initial attempt making hard cider from my apple trees this autumn.August 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm #22531
LOL, red Solo Cups = Beer Pong
Fun Topic, SJ!
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Cogito, ergo armatus sumAugust 19, 2014 at 1:39 am #22546
Now that’s a beautiful sight!
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.August 19, 2014 at 11:08 am #22564
Great setup! Take will get the group of preppers talking.August 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm #22585
What is kind of nice is that I have a plastic tray that slides right on top of the kegs to age my deer when I get it. I have been using this fridge for the last couple seasons for aging my hunting harvests, so now that I have a plastic tray I don’t have to forego my normal routine. SO happy!!!!
The Guinness is almost out. Figured that out when I went to pour one last night. Need to get a new keg ordered.
Oh. BTW. I also have an OLD (read as almost indestructable) generator that I can use to power this bad boy. Have another generator for other stuff, but this one is designated for powertools and beer. Gotta have priorities if I am stuck in my house with no power…..
http://ageofdecadence.comAugust 20, 2014 at 4:30 am #22704
SledJockey – cool build; thanks for the inspiration! Warm beer – yeeeaaaauuuuukkkkkkgghhhh!
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
- Thomas PaineAugust 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm #22726
If you guys have any questions about how to build, what parts to get, etc., just ask…
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