Bottles. We house brewers acquire them, retailer them, wash them, and fill them. It can take time and room. Sooner or later we want a quicker way to delight in the beer we brew. Finally we want it on faucet for not only preserving house but to have that “Brew Pub” beer at household. Here is an uncomplicated low cost way to appreciate your own brewed beer at dwelling straight from the faucet without having spending your tough gained cash on a commercially made Kegerator.
When I went from single batch 5 gallon extract kits to an all-grain setup brewing 10 gallons at a time, I far too obtained tired of the bottles and desired to keg. I came up with an alternate way to refrigerate the kegs and faucet the beer without the need of converting an old refrigerator with a faucet on the door. I went for a reduced profile unit that would also look good in my living space.
I acquired a small upright freezer on sale generating confident I would have more than enough room within to suit 3 5 gallon carney (soda) kegs. I also procured a separate temperature regulate device that would operate the freezer as a fridge. More on that later on.
I essential a way to mount the tap(s) with out going by way of the side of freezer. I also realized that I would require more leading space on the inside of for the keg fittings and hoses. The lid as it was did not allow for more than enough place, so I considered of increasing it with a frame to make the device taller. Now I was set to go.
I developed a picket body out of 1″X4″ wood, securing the corners with L-brackets on the inside. Holes were drilled for two taps in the entrance and the gas line in the rear. The lid was removed and the body placed on top rated securing it with window insulation concerning the body and the cooler. The insulation “adhered” the frame to the freezer. The lid was placed on top. The extra peak of the frame now lifted the lid larger.
The lid has two brackets for mounting it to the freezer. Each bracket has two holes, a leading and bottom to accommodate mounting screws. The leading gap of each and every bracket was above the frame with the bottom holes aligning with the top rated holes in the freezer. The base holes in the freezer were being now unused. The lid was secured by changing the screws through the bracket holes. Every bracket experienced a mounting screw into the frame and into the freezer. The lid was protected and closed on the frame evenly.
I have a 3 way port to break up the CO2 line into three. Just one for each keg. Also I have 1 CO2 line and a tap devoted for a commercial 1/6 keg. I now have the option of tapping my very own brew or a acquired microbrew.
An exterior temperature management unit was attached to the aspect of the freezer and plugged into an outlet. The freezer plugged into the command device. A thermocouple wire was placed as a result of the rear gap on the frame with the CO2 gas line and hung freely in the freezer in purchase to keep an eye on only the within air temperature. A wanted temperature of 60 levels was established on the controller. In addition, I mounted a drip tray to the front with double back again foam tape. My residing space was now graced with a excellent addition that certainly served a objective.