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Itís time to build a Kegerator & Taps (Planning & Advice?)

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AdamChandler
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beers 3734 º places 260 º 09:22 Wed 2/15/2012

Hey RB Homebrew Group!

Iíd like to have a 2 pony-keg kegerator in my house but with taps that arenít on the unit but instead in the next room.

Exhibit A - My home liquor bar.

That spot between them is where Iíd like to put taps as the best position. ITís not wide enough to put a kegerator there and there are no power plugs. However, my bedroom is behind that wall with an unused closet.

Exhibit B - My kitchen with bedroom + closet right behind.

Distance is about 4 feet to run hoses through the walls. If that is too far, I could always put the kegerator in my pantry with taps directly across from the liquor cabinet on the facing wall.

Exhibit C - View of my closet with open wall to have taps coming out of it and a stand that will hold glasses and catch beer overflow (no drainage so Iíll have to manually take out the tray and drain)

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Iím not really sure which is best. Longer hose and a lot more drilling or just putting the fridge in my pantry with hoses right on the other side.

Also, I want to build my own so I have no idea where to visit to buy parts and what parts I need.

Thanks for the help! Photos of your setup would be greatly appreciated.

 
Phischy
beers 1 º places 57 º 09:32 Wed 2/15/2012

By pony kegs you mean 1/4 barrels? Or do you mean sixtels? Huge difference in size of kegs.

 
AdamChandler
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beers 3734 º places 260 º 09:36 Wed 2/15/2012

Whatever is easier. Iíd like to be able to fit 2 beers from a beer store that sells kegs OR 2 homebrews or 1 homebrew, 1 from a store.

 
SphinxTX
beers 2876 º places 41 º 10:23 Wed 2/15/2012

One problem with what you are wanting to do......how do you plan to keep the beer cold in the lines? Thats 4 feet of warm beer you will be pouring.

 
AdamChandler
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beers 3734 º places 260 º 10:25 Wed 2/15/2012

Originally posted by Swalden28
One problem with what you are wanting to do......how do you plan to keep the beer cold in the lines? Thats 4 feet of warm beer you will be pouring.


Ah, youíre right! Sigh thatís a good point. So maybe the pantry where the line is about 1 foot or even less is better. Pour half a beer and you get cold after that first half. Yeah, youíre right.

 
OldStyleCubFan
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beers 77 º places 15 º 10:41 Wed 2/15/2012

I had a setup with about a 3 foot run. Do the math, the amount of íwarm beerí is very small. Assuming 3/16 beer line, I think its 1/6 of an oz per foot. So even a 6 ft run is only 1oz of warm beer into say a pint. You wont notice it.


I was always worried about mold in the unrefrigerated lines. You probably want to make sure you cleaning well and swapping out lines.

Obviously, use black line vs. clear to minimize mold and light struck issues.

 
AdamChandler
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beers 3734 º places 260 º 11:38 Wed 2/15/2012

Originally posted by OldStyleCubFan
I had a setup with about a 3 foot run. Do the math, the amount of íwarm beerí is very small. Assuming 3/16 beer line, I think its 1/6 of an oz per foot. So even a 6 ft run is only 1oz of warm beer into say a pint. You wont notice it.


I was always worried about mold in the unrefrigerated lines. You probably want to make sure you cleaning well and swapping out lines.

Obviously, use black line vs. clear to minimize mold and light struck issues.


So black lines + drinking a beer once every 2 hours would be ideal. I think thatís doable

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 11:49 Wed 2/15/2012

It doesnít have to be too difficult. A buddy of mine just built a conduit out of 2" PVC, ran the lines through and filled with expanding foam for insulation. Other options are to have a fan pull cold air through the conduit. I donít really think black lines are necessary as I wouldnít leave the lines out in the open. With clear lines, you can monitor the state of the lines more easily as well and see if youíre getting any nastiness in the tubes.

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