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Mar
22
2012

Convert Fridge into a Kegerator

I finally decided to pull the trigger and invest in a kegerator system for my home brew. I went with a door mounted Kegco Standard Homebrew Kegerator Conversion Kit from the Beverage Factory. I already had an old fridge in the garage, so I just needed the equipment found in the kegerator kit. If you purchase a kit it should contain installation instructions, these are just a few photos of how I did it, not a detailed installation guide.

I first marked where I want the kegerator taps. I decided to mark out 4 taps even though I was only installing 2, I can always add the others later. I drilled a hole on the inside of the fridge, only through the first layer of plastic, not through the insulation.

I then drilled a larger diameter hole from the outside of the fridge, through the metal exterior, through the foam insulation, and then stopped at the interior plastic shell.

Here is a cross section illustration of what the hole in the door would look like.

I then inserted a piece of PVC pipe into the two holes for the taps. This just helps make it a little stronger, you can tighten down the taps and not worry about crushing the soft fridge door. This definitely isn’t necessary but i had some PVC lying around that was the right size so I added it.

I then inserted the taps through the holes and hooked up all the hoses.

I am not sure if the bottom shelf is able to hold 10 gallons of beer, 2 corney kegs, and a full CO2 tank. It seems okay but I will probably install some kind of reinforcement.

That’s it, ready to fill, chill, carb, and drink a home brew. I have tried three beers so far in the corney kegs and absolutely love it. It makes bottling day go much faster. I also like having control over the CO2. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Comments (3) -

Rob

Before I invest in a fridge, conversion kit and corney keg I'd sure like to try one of these out. Any suggestions?  Maybe a friend has one I can try... just saying.

Great photos by the way.

jason

Swing by anytime, I have a Red Ale and an Pale Ale on tap and a dart board close by.

Scott Rees

Congrats, Jason. I'm sure you'll enjoy kegging much more than bottling! I haven't brewed in a while now, it's time to get back at it...