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Postby Phatferd » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:24 pm

I am thinking of either buying one or making one. I assume making one would be a lot cheaper, but I don't know how easy it is for a novice craftsman to build one and if I could find a mini fridge suitable for one.

Anyone have experience with this?

I would like to start brewing my own beer as a hobby and I would like to keg it and have it at my disposal.
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Postby pokerplaya » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:37 pm

Phatferd wrote:I am thinking of either buying one or making one. I assume making one would be a lot cheaper, but I don't know how easy it is for a novice craftsman to build one and if I could find a mini fridge suitable for one.

Anyone have experience with this?

I would like to start brewing my own beer as a hobby and I would like to keg it and have it at my disposal.


My friend bought one in college, and it completely had paid for itself by the time he graduated. If you drink a lot of beer, it doesn't seem like a bad investment.

As far as making one is concerned, I have no idea.
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Postby Coppermine » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:43 pm

My roommates and I made one in college; we got an old fridge from one of my roommate's relatives... it was full size and painted a gross green color, but we cut a hole in the side of it and bought a "kegerator kit" for about $200 on ebay (as opposed to over $500 for a full system with mini fridge). The system consisted of a CO2 tank, a keg topper, hoses and a tap that we stuck through the hole in the side of the fridge. We rigged up a drip tray and away we went.

Most we could fit in our place was about 50, but it still paid for itself in no time. Try going the fridge + system route. Sometimes you can find cheap old fridges in the classifieds and on craigslist.

This site might be helpful.
http://www.realbeer.com/edu/kegerator/
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Postby Phatferd » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:47 pm

Coppermine wrote:My roommates and I made one in college; we got an old fridge from one of my roommate's relatives... it was full size and painted a gross green color, but we cut a hole in the side of it and bought a "kegerator kit" for about $200 on ebay (as opposed to over $500 for a full system with mini fridge). The system consisted of a CO2 tank, a keg topper, hoses and a tap that we stuck through the hole in the side of the fridge. We rigged up a drip tray and away we went.

Most we could fit in our place was about 50, but it still paid for itself in no time. Try going the fridge + system route. Sometimes you can find cheap old fridges in the classifieds and on craigslist.

This site might be helpful.
http://www.realbeer.com/edu/kegerator/


I am moving back home in December and I will have an extra fridge, but I would have to pay for a moving truck which is a few hundred bucks back to SoCal.

I just think a mini fridge would be a lot easier to deal with and take up less space obviously.
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:33 pm

Definitly make it. Much better deal..you will save a ton!
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:49 pm

i would buy one. sure, you might save a few hundred bucks, but at least you know it will be done right, and you can spend those hours it would take to build throwing back a few cold ones
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Postby Coppermine » Mon Oct 02, 2006 3:40 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:i would buy one. sure, you might save a few hundred bucks, but at least you know it will be done right, and you can spend those hours it would take to build throwing back a few cold ones


But building it's half the fun!
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Postby Phatferd » Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:08 pm

Coppermine wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:i would buy one. sure, you might save a few hundred bucks, but at least you know it will be done right, and you can spend those hours it would take to build throwing back a few cold ones


But building it's half the fun!


I agree, if I do get one I am going to build it. I am trying to talk my buddy into getting one too so we can buy a 1/2 barrel keg and split it up so it would be A LOT cheaper.
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Postby Old_Style » Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:27 pm

Coppermine wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:i would buy one. sure, you might save a few hundred bucks, but at least you know it will be done right, and you can spend those hours it would take to build throwing back a few cold ones


But building it's half the fun!


hell, throw back a few while building it....it's always better constructing something while you're half in the bag.
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:47 pm

Old_Style wrote:
Coppermine wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:i would buy one. sure, you might save a few hundred bucks, but at least you know it will be done right, and you can spend those hours it would take to build throwing back a few cold ones


But building it's half the fun!


hell, throw back a few while building it....it's always better constructing something while you're half in the bag.


Agreed...men build stuff
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