Beer Kegerator

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Beer kegerators have become a staple of modern fraternity house life, but it's not just college kids who enjoy the luxury of fresh brewery-style beer on tap whenever the urge strikes. Any fan of lagers, ales, stouts, lambics, or any other form of suds can turn his or her refrigerator into a beer kegerator if given the proper tools. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a kegerator kit that includes all the devices you'll need to make the necessary changes.

While building a kegerator isn't rocket science, it does require a bit of mechanical skill. You'll be drilling holes in your fridge to accommodate the keg's faucet and shank, which will protrude from the outside and dispense your beer. This means you'll not only need the right size drill bits to make the holes, but you'll need to drill evenly as well, otherwise the faucet won't sit level.

Installing Your Beer Kegerator

Your kegerator conversion kit should also include a faucet handle, a drip tray, and all the proper hoses needed to transport the beer from the keg to your cup. Additionally, you'll need CO2 to help drive the beer, but this is generally standard with any beer kegerator package. Just be prepared to have your tank filled separately since companies tend not to ship pre-packaged tanks.

Once your beer kegerator arrives, it's only a matter of making a few connections before your own living room, rec room, or kitchen becomes a full-service bar. The CO2 must be wired to the keg, which is in turn wired to the faucet via the beer line. Most kits distinguish between the air and beer lines by including different fittings on each. That way, there's no confusion as to which hose goes where.

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