One of my customers sent over some pictures of a Kegerator he made using a small chest freezer. I thought it was pretty interesting and worth posting in our blog section. He was doing all-grain brewing, making 10 gallons at a time and was getting tired of all the bottles so he decided to keg. Instead of using an old refrigerator he was able to save space and create a great looking tap system by using a chest freezer. He needed to purchase a separate temperature control unit that would allow the freezer to operate as a refrigerator.
The chest freezer needed to have enough room to hold three 5-gallon kegs as well as all the keg fittings and hoses. He also did not want to put the tap through the side of the freezer, so he removed the lid, and added a wooden frame which increased the height of the freezer. This wooden frame was secured with L-brackets and insulated and then the freezer lid was re-attached to this frame. The frame allowed some extra room and also a place to mount the taps which makes it look good as well.
A three-way port splits the CO2 line to accommodate for three kegs. One of the CO2 lines and tap were dedicated for a commercial 1/6 keg just in case he wanted to tap a microbrew he purchased. The external temperature control unit mounted to the side of freezer and plugged in to an AC outlet. The freezer then plugs into this temperature control unit. The Temp control unit’s thermocouple wire goes through a small hole in the back of the freezer’s wooden frame which hung in the back to monitor the inside temperature.
To complete the project a drip tray was mounted with double back foam tape and his living room was now graced with an addition that truly served a purpose!