Monday, June 18, 2012

A Homemade Kegerator

Hubby's dream became a reality.  He has wanted  a Kegerator for sometime now.  We started making homemade wine quite a few years ago from our raspberry patch.  Homemade Raspberry Wine

  He  dabbled with a few beer kits as a younger man resulting marginally satisfactory results.  While in a local wine making store, he  purchased a beer kit and was surprised at how the quality had improved since his youth.  This lead him to create a Guinness type ale from scratch.  He purchased some malted barley and the rest is history.
   We were in the city last week and happened upon a "smokin" deal.  While at the Home Depot, we saw a Moffat bar fridge for $159.99.  It had no freezer and the height was enough for a corny keg.  When we inquired about the floor model, he was given a price of $49.97.  To my surprise, the salesperson headed back to the boxed model and we landed a brand new Kegerator fridge to be (with some modding) for the clearance price.  Hubby was as giddy as a school girl.  When we got the unit home, we dismantled the door to discover the interior of the fridge was foamed.

  This was exciting as we could cut the innards away without the loss of efficiency.    We cut a template of the base for two Corny's and realized we could squish them in as long as the moldings on the sides of the fridge were removed. (The ones that hold the racks.)  He took his grinder and started to cut out all the unnecessary insides.

  He cut out the door panel leaving the perimeter of the plastic to hold the gasket seal in place.

  He also had to grind some of the foam on the sides down as this unit will eventually house one corny for beer and the other for water, thus eliminating our need for the inefficient Soda Stream carbonator.    He drilled two holes through the top of the fridge.  We silicon-ed the tubes in the holes.  One is for the CO2 to enter the corny and the other is for the beer to exit.

  We purchased a CO2 bottle from a local distributor. (Not shown)  We use it to fill our cylinder for carbonated water and the one shown below (with the gauges), for beer.  You will have to do some research on whether you will buy or rent a cylinder in your area  We built a holder for the dispenser handle and placed it on top of the fridge using silicone.

  The keg parts were purchased on-line from a pretty reasonable Canadian supplier,  Our American neighbors interested in Kegerators, will be able to find their parts cheaper from various websites.  Shop around.  We found a lot of American suppliers, but shipping is far to expensive for Canadian consumers.  That's all there is to it.  We will eventually be installing this in our kitchen with a few more parts and fancies!!    Stay tuned....


Cheers to great words!