The proper do-it-yourself challenge for a draft beer fanatic is constructing their very own kegerator.
Nothing beats the pleasure of getting a chilly beer within the consolation of your individual dwelling. That is why we’ve got a wide array of ready-built kegerators. Nevertheless, for many who benefit from the DIY method, our information will help you flip an everyday fridge right into a kegerator. With solely fundamental instruments, a fridge, and a kegerator conversion equipment, you’ll be able to have a do-it-yourself kegerator and luxuriate in scrumptious draft beer very quickly!
Methods to construct a kegerator utilizing a conversion equipment
Deciding on your fridge and kegerator elements
To begin your DIY kegerator challenge, you will want a fridge, draft beer elements, and instruments to put in them.
When constructing a DIY kegerator, the best-sized fridge to make use of is a full kitchen fridge with a freezer on prime. Nevertheless, any fridge can be utilized so long as it matches a keg, plus roughly 6-8 inches of clearance above it to suit the coupler. Additionally, you will need to account for room to have the ability to faucet and untap your kegs. When you’re restricted on house, think about using a low-profile keg coupler. A normal US Sankey Keg Coupler is 3 & 3/4″ tall and seven” huge, whereas a Low Profile US Sankey Keg Coupler is 2 & 1/8″ tall and 4″ huge, supplying you with additional clearance in a fridge with restricted house.
Remember that beer kegs come in several sizes and shapes, so ensure the beer you need to serve on faucet is available in a keg that can match inside your fridge. Reference the graphic under and take a look at our Information to Beer Keg Sizes to study extra in regards to the out there kinds of kegs.
Fortunately you could have come to the precise place to choose up draft beer elements wanted for constructing a kegerator. KegWorks carries a collection of kegerator conversion kits that can offer you every part you want primarily based on the kind of beer you need to serve and what number of beers you need to have on faucet. For the extra skilled customers, we advocate our customized kits that assist you to choose the components it’s essential to get precisely what you need.
One factor to recollect when choosing your equipment and/or elements is that completely different manufacturers of beers or imported beers could require completely different keg couplers. A US Sankey Keg Coupler will match 99% of all beers brewed in North America. Take a look at our keg coupler record for extra info on which couplers are appropriate with which beer kinds.
Need to pour Guinness or different nitrogen stouts? You possibly can adapt your conversion equipment with a Partial Murphy’s Conversion Equipment and a nitrogen tank. And if you realize you solely need to pour nitro stouts, the Guinness Kegerator Conversion Equipment is an easier setup. Be taught extra about pouring Guinness on faucet in our Guinness on Faucet Information.
Suppose you are trying to pour your individual homebrews. In that case, our Homebrew Kegerator Conversion Equipment is specifically designed with Cornelius keg components to make connecting and disconnecting your corny kegs fast and simple.
This information demonstrates tips on how to set up a single faucet conversion equipment, which is the preferred choice for changing a fridge right into a keg fridge. Nevertheless, there are different choices, together with double faucet conversion kits and tower conversion kits.
Double Faucet Conversion Kits
If you wish to serve two kegs, a double faucet conversion equipment is your reply. Bear in mind, you’ll want room contained in the fridge to deal with each kegs for correct meting out.
Tower Conversion Kits
A tower conversion equipment is a good choice if you’re utilizing a chest freezer to your kegerator construct (generally often known as a “keezer”). It attaches to the highest of the freezer and might accommodate a number of taps for pouring a wide range of beers. (Professional tip: Constructing a keezer requires an exterior temperature management unit to make sure the temperature within it doesn’t fall under freezing.) A tower conversion equipment can also be generally used to improve or refurbish a purpose-built kegerator.
Instruments you will want for constructing a DIY kegerator
You may want the next instruments to put in and join the draft beer elements to your kegerator:
- 7/8″ Gap Noticed
- Energy Drill
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Spanner Wrench
- Hex Wrench
Step 1: Drill the specified location
Make certain the fridge is unplugged. With an influence drill and gap noticed, drill a 7/8″ gap within the door or sidewall of your fridge for the tap and shank; don’t drill into the again wall of the fridge. Examine the within of the door to make sure you could have clearance to your shank. Additionally, guarantee you could have sufficient distance from the freezer door to open it up with out hitting the faucet deal with. Lastly, you should definitely noticed all over the door and the plastic liner on the within of the door.
Step 2: Connecting the tap and shank
Insert the shank by means of the outlet you simply drilled (from the surface) and safe it with a brass flanged lock nut; the black plastic flange goes on the surface to assist cowl up the outlet you made.
Connect the tap head to the shank and tighten it with a spanner wrench.
Step 3: Connecting the beer and air strains
Connect the beer line hex connections to the again of the shank and the highest of the keg coupler.
Connect one finish of the air line to the nipple on the coupler and the opposite onto the regulator.
Tighten the hose clamps with a flathead screwdriver.
Then connect the regulator to your CO2 tank and tighten it with a hex wrench.
Please Word: our CO2 tanks ship empty attributable to federal laws. You will get them stuffed at a neighborhood welding provide firm.
Step 4: Last connections and changes
Guarantee the tap and regulator swap are within the “off” place.
Open the CO2 tank and fix your keg coupler.
Regulate your regulator to a variety of 10-12 psi.
Then flip it on to permit the circulate of CO2 to your keg.
At all times you should definitely stand your CO2 tank upright.
Step 5: Drink!
Benefit from the fruits of your labor by pouring your self a tall and engaging pint!
Suggestions for brand spanking new kegerator homeowners:
- Draft beer must be saved and allotted at 36-40 levels Fahrenheit. Holding a thermometer contained in the fridge is all the time a good suggestion.
- In case your keg has been dealt with an awesome deal or has warmed up, it could take a number of hours to calm down and funky earlier than pouring. So you should definitely give your beer time to relaxation.
- Open the beer faucet shortly and totally. Opening the tap midway will trigger foam. As soon as you have stuffed the glass, shut the tap shortly.
- When pouring, we advise that you simply tilt the glass barely to pour it gently down the aspect of the glass. For extra recommendations on meting out, take a look at our weblog put up on Methods to Pour a Excellent Pint.
- Preserve your beer system clear! We advocate flushing your draft strains with rinse everytime you change your keg. That is the simplest method to make sure you pour nothing however crisp, tasty beer. Fill up on beer line cleansing provides and kits right here.
When you nonetheless have questions on tips on how to construct or preserve your kegerator, go away them within the feedback, or please name us at 877.636.3673 anytime Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.