Instructables

How to build a kegerator kit or homebrew kegerator from a Sanyo Mini-fridge

Featured
Picture of How to build a kegerator kit or homebrew kegerator from a Sanyo Mini-fridge
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.
 
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
Tom Hargrave (author) 1 year ago
Mine 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.
wintermath1 year ago
What model Sanyo fridge is this?
Foxtrot702 years ago
Tom, this is probably one of the most important Instructables ever posted. This is a great project for an "old guard drunk" like myself. Bottoms UP!
Tom Hargrave (author)  Foxtrot702 years ago
Thanks, I have discovered one problem with a home kegerator. It's too easy to pull the handle one more time!
Tom Hargrave (author) 2 years ago
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.

www.towercooler.com
SwampFox892 years ago
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.

Thanks for the how-to!
Mirage_6622 years ago
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.
TheCritic2 years ago
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.
Tom Hargrave (author)  TheCritic2 years ago
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsw_E-X_Kxw&feature=player_embedded#!
Tom Hargrave (author)  TheCritic2 years ago
My oldest son liked Newcastle, so do I. I might need to invite him over for a contest.