This year, I’m thankful for the newest addition to my house . . . my access to draft beer! That’s right everyone, I now have a kegerator. So I thought I’d let everyone know how surprisingly simple this home improvement was, in the hopes of encouraging other chicks to feather their nests in a similar manner. My husband and I have long discussed our wish for a kegerator – it wasn’t an issue of knowledge, more just our lack of actually doing it. A while back, my office upgraded its refrigerator, and I gladly laid claim to the old one and it came to live in our garage. What followed was then several months of discussion about how many taps we wanted, what type of faucets we should get, etc. Finally, we got around to ordering the equipment. I won’t lie, it was definitely an investment – not exactly cheap, but also not outrageously expensive. Equipment arrived last week, and this past Sunday, after other household tasks all day, we decided it was time to reward ourselves. Here’s the fridge in its original condition and kegs patiently chilling inside:
First came the drilling of holes for the faucets and beer lines:
After an emergency trip to Home Depot to replace a broken drill bit, all four holes were drilled:
The faucets and bolts went through those holes, to anchor the drip tray (faucets on the outside, bolts on the inside). We opted for the slightly more expensive, sterile faucets, which limit the growth of funky bacteria inside the faucet – and thus prevent skunky beer!
The faucets and bolts anchored the drip tray. Again, we went for a slightly more expensive model, so that we could put one glass down while filling the other. I’m guessing this will become more and more useful over the course of an evening as you make multiple filling trips! The cool flame effect was sadly unintentional – just an effect of the flash rather than any nifty inlays.
At this point, I was shocked to discover that most of the work was done. We just needed to attach the beer lines, which run from the kegs to the taps.
Next, we turned on the CO2
Finally, it was time to tap the kegs! I had the honors of tapping the first, while my husband tapped the second.
Beer flowing through the lines was a glorious sight.
The inaugural glasses!
As you can see, we are still working some issues with the pressure on the CO2, most likely a result of the pressure going through very short beer lines. But overall, we are thrilled. We built the system to have four taps – I’ve been assured that we’ll be able to fit four sixers (ie, 1/3 of a regular keg, or about 5 gallons of beer) in the fridge, with a little bit of rearranging. I’m now anxiously awaiting the arrival of the other two kegs. If you don’t count the trip to Home Depot to replace the broken drill bit, this project took maybe an hour – essentially some use of the level to figure out where the holes should be, then just drilling and connecting. With access to a drill, anyone could do this. This gives true meaning to the term “beer fridge” and is very do-able for all beer fans!