Keezer vs Kegerator

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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby wyzzyrdd » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:27 pm

I have been looking at Freezerless Refrigerators online. At the low end, they run $650 to $850 for 16 to 18 cubic feet (full height fridge). Should easily hold 4 full kegs and 4 mini-kegs plus bottles.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby Matt F » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:13 pm

You can also use a standard fridge with a freezer on top and remove the shelf between to make your own full size fridge. Lee did that for his fermenting fridge and I plan too also. He said it was a pretty simple procedure.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby Matt F » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:24 pm

Old pics of my fridge. All the lines have been swapped out and better organized. Have a real drip tray and more stickers on the fridge now too. Shows how kegs and beer fit though. You can see you could stack 8 in there if you wanted.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby wyzzyrdd » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:20 pm

So have we argued about whether the CO2 tanks goes inside or outside the keezer/kegerator yet?
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby Matt F » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:44 pm

I put mine out side to make room for another keg. Kept it on inside for years. The guage showing when starting to empty does not work well when cold.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby carrisr » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:16 pm

I have my tank outside too.

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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby brianhall1024 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:26 pm

I have plans moving mine outside
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby andrewmaixner » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:23 am

Unless the keggorator is in a "decorative" area and you can't hide the tank, I'd put it outside. Easier to watch for when the gauge starts to drop, and you won't have to dig through kegs to change the tank. Also the temperature/pressure/gauge issue mentioned above.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby aerizel » Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:23 pm

Matt F wrote:
aerizel wrote:I have built both and I am currently using a Kegerator.

Here are the pros and cons in my Opinion:
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If using the little fridges 2-3 kegs capacity is accurate. Full size fridges can fit much more. 6 should be easy in many. I have a side by side and it could be modified to fit up to 8 kegs. I like the bottle space in mine so I run it with 4 kegs on the bottom and up to two 2.5 gallon kegs along with bottles on a shelf. I really like how it works. And it was free which is really awesome!


I should clarify... 2 - 5 gallon kegs and a co2. Haven't drilled a hole or anything for co2


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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby whitedj » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:37 pm

brianhall1024 wrote:I have plans moving mine outside

Mine is in a bucket outside... it's good for keeping some tools. You could put it inside a cabinet or similar to hide it.

Long term I plan on putting taps through the wall and having the keezer on the other side of the wall.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby MikeB » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:38 am

I have all the parts to build my kegerator using a fridge that came with my house. Anyone have any suggestions/preference on taps through the side or taps through the door? I would like to put them through the side but am worried about drilling through refrigeration lines.


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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby Matt F » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:38 am

I think it can be done either place. I drilled a couple holes in the side of mine and did not hit anything. May have just been lucky. I am not very knowledgeable on refrigerator construction but aren't modern ones mostly an insulated box with a compressor making the cold? Is there really much beyond wiring in most of the walls? And this wiring is usually not buried within the insulation but under the plastic paneling and easily found with the removal of this paneling. Someone who really knows this stuff will certainly chime in with the facts at some point.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby tony b » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:22 pm

Tom Burns (Yes, THAT Tom Burns!) works out at Amana and schooled us on this stuff. The wiring harness is usually in the side panels (doors are always safe to drill into) and often in an X pattern, so don't drill near the center of the side panel. HIs advice was to drill a small, shallow hole in the spot where you think you want to run your gas line first; preferably near the middle of the panel vertically, about halfway from the center to the edge horizontally. Look inside and if you don't see any wires, then drill the larger hole for your gas line.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby Matt F » Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:38 pm

I miss Tom.
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Re: Keezer vs Kegerator

Postby tony b » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:14 pm

Ran into the Burns clan over at IBC just before Thanksgiving. Told him that we miss him and hoped he visit occasionally. Would be nice if he went with us to Minneapolis next summer - returning to the scene of the crime, so to speak! :lol:
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