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Beer dispensers have been made from just about all types of refrigerators and freezers over the years. And most beer kegerator conversions still look like a refrigerator with a faucet stuck through the side once the conversion is done. A mini kegerator made from a mini refrigerator, particularly one with a beer tower style kegerator tap mounted on top, actually looks like a kegerator. A beer kegerator made from a mini fridge should give you many years of trouble free service.

This is a step by step guide to build a kegerator for homebrew beer or soda. A keg cooler or mini kegerator is a great home project that can be completed in less than one day. These instructions will help you build a home beer dispenser or beer cooler for homebrew beer from a Sanyo mini fridge. A Sanyo mini fridge makes a great mini kegerator because of it's compact size. This kegerator refrigerator would look great at the end of a counter, inside a bar or on a counter top. The same conversion can be done with two kegerator taps mounted through the door if you would rather put your beer dispenser on a counter top.

Although these instructions were written for homebrew beer kegerator and Cornelius kegs, the exact same conversion will work for two tall, slender 1/6 draft beer kegs. The only difference between the two conversions is that a kegerator conversion for draft kegs will use keg couplers instead of the soda type disconnects shown in the pictures.

7/20/2013 Update: My kegerator was built with a Sanyo SR-49XX series but unfortunately Sanyo no longer sells a mini-fridge that's the right size.

The best fit these days is a Danby Model DAR125SDD or Danby Model DAR44BL. Either model should fit but it will be a tight fit. I've converted a couple of DAR44BL's and two corny kegs will fit after replacing the inside door panel with a flat sheet of metal, plastic or thin plywood. But it's a tight fit - the kegs will stagger & you'll have to pull the second keg out before you can pull the first keg you put in the fridge out. These instructions will also work on the Danby mini-fridge models but removal of the top cover might be different.

For more instructions or hardware to build this kegerator, please visit our web site www.kegkits.com.

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These instructions will guide you through converting a Sanyo refrigerator into a completely self contained kegerator for homebrew beer.
As you see from the picture, two Cornelius kegs and a 5 pound CO2 tank will fit inside the Sanyo refrigerator.

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Mine was built with a Sanyo SR-49XX series but unfortunately Sanyo no longer sells a mini-fridge that's the right size. <br> <br>The best fit these days is a Danby Model DAR125SDD or Danby Model DAR44BL. Either model should fit but it will be a tight fit. I've converted a couple of DAR44BL's and two corny kegs will fit after replacing the inside door panel with a flat sheet of metal, plastic or thin plywood. But it's a tight fit - the kegs will stagger &amp; you'll have to pull the second keg out before you can pull the first keg you put in the fridge out.
What model Sanyo fridge is this?
Tom, this is probably one of the most important Instructables ever posted. This is a great project for an &quot;old guard drunk&quot; like myself. Bottoms UP!
Thanks, I have discovered one problem with a home kegerator. It's too easy to pull the handle one more time!
Yes, because you need to provide for air circulation into the tower to keep the beer shank cool. A beer tower cooler works even better.<br><br>www.towercooler.com<br>
The whole thing looks great! My question right here is, is it necessary to cut an entire three inch hole in the top? From the looks of it, the hole only needs to be big enough to pass these two tubes through, but not any part of the metal tower.<br><br>Thanks for the how-to!
For cutting large holes in thin plastic you can just push the drill bit sideways. To better illustrate: Start drilling as in step 17 but while the drill bit is through the plastic, push it sideways while tracing out your shape. Sadly it only works for plastic and not metal.
Great Job. Unless you want to build me one.... I will continue to buy my beer and drink it from a bottle or mini keg like the one Heineken puts out.
Thanks for the comment - I'm not a huge Heine fan but to each his own. - Tom
My fav beer is Rolling Rock in a bottle. But when I use the Beer Tender I drink Newcastle Brown Ale Draught.<br><br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsw_E-X_Kxw&amp;feature=player_embedded#!
My oldest son liked Newcastle, so do I. I might need to invite him over for a contest.

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