Introduction: My Kegerator Project
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This is my new kegerator I just finished building. I used a 4.6 cubic foot Igloo fridge from Walmart. I bought a door mount keg kit from Beverage Factory and built my own tower. It's big enough to hold a sixth barrel, 5lb c02 tank and a homemade cooling fan. Hope you enjoy!!
Step 1: Removing Parts
I needed to remove the door panel which contained various shelves to give me more room for the keg and tank. I removed the door and underneath the rubber seal are a bunch of screws that I took out to remove the seal and panel.
Step 2: Putting Door Back Together
I then used a dremmel tool to cut off the edge from the door panel. This edge contained all the screw holes. I simply put the rubber seal back around the trim piece and screwed it back to the door. I then reinstalled the door to the fridge.
Step 3: Drilling the Fridge
Fortunately my wife was letting put my kegerator inside our house and not just leaving it in the garage. So I decided to build my own custom tower to make it look nice. I bought a door mount kit from beverage factory. First thing was to drill the hole in the top of the fridge. This was the scariest part as you cannot hit any of the lines or you will turn your fridge into a 50lb paper weight. I used a mixture of corn starch and rubbing alcohol and made a paste which I spread onto the top of the fridge. I tuned the fridge on and waited about 20 minutes. The heat from the coil started to melt the paste in the area where the lines were. I marked the area and got out my hole saw and drilled. I drilled just through the top of the fridge to get through the metal. I then used my fingers and dug out all the insulation until I got to the bottom. But what do you know I found a cooling line right in my way. No big deal I just lined the hole with foil tape and went on my way. Once I was done digging out insulation, I drilled a small hole through the bottom and then used the hole saw bit from the inside of the fridge and drilled up to complete the hole.
Step 4: Building the Custom Tower
I then just used my imagination and built a custom tower out of 3/4 inch wood. I had bought a 12"x12" tile to inlay into the tower but it was too big so I cut it down to 10"x10" and it was perfect size. I used a kreg jig to make all the pocket holes on the inside to give it a nice clean look. I then used clear silicone and completely sealed the box. I then used styrofoam and lined the inside. I then sealed the foam. Then used foil tape and covered the inside. I made the top of the box so it would come off so I could access the beer line or the back of the faucet if I needed to.
Step 5: Installing Faucet and Drip Tray
I then installed the faucet and cut out the hole for the drip tray
Step 6: Staining
I then used wood filler to fill imperfections in the wood and then put 4 coats of stain on it.
Step 7: Installing Tile and Light
I then installed the tile. I should have put in the tile before I built the box. It was kind of a pain to get the trowel and rubber float in the small spaces to lay the mortar and grout it. But it worked out with some patience and hard work! I then installed a led light above the tile. Nothing fancy, it just turns on with a button on the back of the light.
Step 8: Time for the First Pour
I moved it inside and hooked up all my lines. I turned on the fridge and waited about 3 days before getting my keg to make sure the fridge was holding the temp. I also built a small fan from an old computer fan. I used the fan spliced with a 12 v plug. I then cut a hole in the bottom of an old Tupperware container and sealed it all shut. I cut a hole in the top and put a plastic hose in the hole and sealed it. The hose then was routed up the hole in the fridge and into the box to circulate the cold air from the fridge into the box I made. Worked out pretty well and keeps the line cold. I then installed the keg and c02 tank and waited another 24 hours to make sure the keg settled down. Just a little tweeking of the c02 pressure and it was time to drink beer!! Hope you enjoyed looking at my build!! Thanks!!
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