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Another project completed.

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by gmule, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

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    I finally got one of those round tuit's and converted that old refrigerator into my very own draft beer dispenser. Making the modifications was straight forward but dialing in the pour was a little challenging due to the altitude that I live. After many many test pours I think finally have it done.

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    My next keg will be something good. I figured that if I had to pour lots of foam down the drain might as well use cheap beer to dial it in.
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  2. tbuff

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    Awesome! How much did it cost after all said and done?
  3. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

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    About $180 after everything was assembled. That also includes the cost of the hole saws I bought as well.
    my wife found the kit on Amazon and gave it to me for xmas
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    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    Nice price and nice work! I'm going to build one, but you sure as heck wont see light beer in my fridge....;)

    By the way, you live in Colorado, shouldn't you be tapping the Rockies??
  5. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

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    The light beer belongs to my wife. ;lol

    I should be tapping the Rockies but we have so many craft brewers here that I get some pretty good stuff right from the different breweries. I just could't bring myself to pour good beer down the drain while I dialed everything in.

    Here is the kit she bought me.
    http://www.amazon.com/Kegco-Deluxe-...UTF8&qid=1359649539&sr=8-6&keywords=kegerator
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  6. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    Thank you! Nothing like a good craft brewed beer.

    Great looking Shepard by the way.
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    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    If I had that I would never leave the house!
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    I am prepping for a blizzard. ;lol
    Plenty of wood for the fire and plenty of beer = one heck of a snow day or two.
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  10. Danno77

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    I have a fridge I've been meaning to do this to. It's out in my slowly progressing man cave. Mine will be setup with a countertop/bartop to the left of the fridge with a spout there instead of on the door.

    My FIL has a smaller kegerator (He lives up in the mountains NW of Ft. Collins) and dialing in the pour was difficult for him, too. A lot of foam to deal with, still isn't right if you ask me, but it's his stuff, so not my say. We were drinking Sunshine Wheat from his, very nice and local, of course. I really like New Belgium Brewery, even if they aren't a little guy anymore. His was actually mounted below the counter with the spout coming upwards through the counter top.

    I like the idea of a fridge for me, I'll probably put smaller kegs like a pony keg in there, leaving some room for bottled beverages as well.
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    homebrewz Minister of Fire

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    A friend of mine recently sent me this link: http://imgur.com/a/pcHto

    Its a little over the top, but I thought it was interesting anyway. I have a 3' high mini fridge which fits one corny keg. I don't even have a tap mounted!

    Nice job on the fridge, btw.
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  12. tbuff

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    That's pretty cool.
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    Kool project lame paint job. With all that prep I thought it was gonna be cooler. You can google it, but there are some awesome looking older fridges. I always pictured myself with a glossy red fridge like that one posted.
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    I wouldn't mind an old restored coke machine with a few good taps...
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Have ran a tapper for about 9 years now. Lots of beer put through that thing. Most people that have a problem with the pour are running too high of pressure into the keg.
  16. gmule

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    I would agree with that.
    My problem is that living at 8,500 ft ASL the carbonation comes out of suspension at a much lower pressure. So to compensate for that I have to run more pressure in the keg to keep the CO2 in suspension or I will have flat beer. To compensate for the higher pressure I needed a longer a beer line to slow the flow down so that it wasn't coming out too fast creating foam.
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    iskiatomic Minister of Fire

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    Have you tried using Nitrogen insted of CO2?

    KC
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    The nitrogen doesn't get absorbed the same way as CO2. If I was drinking a porter or stout I might use nitrogen to keep the carbonation down since I would need a higher pressure to force the beer through the lines. Since I mostly drink lagers I will stick with the CO2 to avoid altering the taste.
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    What the . . . . ? I didn't know you guys were discussing beer. Hey, nice fridge job there gmule!
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    Always. ;lol
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