The goal for this project was to have draft beer at home but without the typical trappings of a kegerator system (dedicated fridge, CO2 tanks, and electrical expense) or a dedicated appliance type of dispenser system (counter space & electrical expense).
Although the DraughtKegs are a great solution, the included dispenser requires that the keg be placed towards the front of the fridge so that you and your glass can reach the plastic spigot. This instructable provides details of how to attach a standard beer tap to your mini keg for added convenience and enhance the draft beer experience without a dedicated kegerator.
Another advantage of this setup is that the rig it is not affixed to the refrigerator and can be made into a mobile draught keg. Check my next Instructable called 'Make Your Draught Keg Mobile' to do just that:
Step 1: Supplies Needed
For the basic setup you will need the following items:
Mini Keg's included dispenser
Standard refrigerator faucet (details of the tap pictured below: polished brass faucet with a 1/4" shank that measures 4 1/8" long. Includes barbed 1/4" nipple and black handle.)
About 2 feet of Micro Matic tubing 1/4 ID x 1/2 OD (internal & outer diameter)
Step 2: Remove Rubber Bumper
Step 3: Seperate the Included Spigot
One important item to note is the small hole on the bottom of the elbow piece (circled on the second picture). It is very important that when we connect our supply hose to this elbow piece that we cover up this hole with the hose. Otherwise, beer will flow freely from this hole and make a big mess.
Step 4: Fashion Hose to Elbow Dispenser
User caution - It is critical that you have a tight connection here otherwise you will have a mess on your hands.
Step 5: Connect Hose to Keg
Step 6: Connect Refrigerator Faucet and Switch On!
At this point I need to add a small disclaimer: Before flipping the mini keg dispenser to the 'On' position, make sure that the faucet tap is opened. If the faucet is not open when the keg starts dispensing back pressure can create at the top of the keg and beer will begin seep from the top and can empty your keg if not stopped. So, as indicated, open the faucet before turning on the mini keg dispenser.
For my implementation, I crafted a small stand which would hold the faucet in place while in the fridge - that's the next step...
Step 7: Building a Simple Faucet Stand
Something much more elaborate could have been put together but this works as a simple stand.
Once complete, slip the entire contraction into your fridge and enjoy a cold draft beer from your mini kegerator!
As mentioned earlier, another advantage of this setup is that the rig it is not affixed to the refrigerator and can be made into a mobile draught keg. Check my next Instructable called 'Make Your Draught Keg Mobile ' to do just that: