Will a Keg Fit in a Fridge?
Kegerators are fantastic devices that produce cold and tasty homemade beer. For these reasons, they are pricey. Some people, particularly home brewers, cannot afford a kegerator—hence, DIY keg coolers.
Will a keg fit in a fridge? Yes, a keg can fit in a fridge. Yet, both beer kegs and fridges come in a variety of sizes and shapes. You must make sure the keg you choose will fit inside your fridge. Always leave 6-8 inches above to fit the coupler.
If you decide to build your kegerator from a fridge, you have my full support. This article will help you design your keg fridge.
Choose the Right Fridge
The first thing to consider for the refrigerator or freezer you want is the size of the kegs you intend to cut. Refrigerators and freezers come in several shapes and sizes.
For this reason, always understand the type of kegs you’re planning to dispense. Once you understand this, it will help you pick a refrigerator with enough room to fit the keg height and diameter.
A chest freezer kegerator is a perfect choice if you want to get more than 4 beers on tap at one time. Some homebrewers have up to 12 beers going at a time.
Anyone has the option to pick any size of chest freezer needed. This type of freezer makes a great choice for brewers.
A wooden collar is formed between the base freezer unit. The freezer lid then raises the height and accommodates the kegs. Then the lid is placed back on the wooden neck.
The thermostat controller is used to override the factory freezer thermostat. It also tracks regular serving temperatures.
You can install taps through a mini-fridge door much as you would in a full-size refrigerator. The only thing you need to weigh in is how far inside the door shanks.
You don’t want it to touch the kegs, and you don’t want to encourage the door to be closed all the way. The alternative is to put the construction tower at the top of the refrigerator.
Compact micro-refrigerators have a much smaller footprint. They can accommodate 2-3 slim kegs. Mini-refrigerators are easier to pass around, and you have the choice of door taps or tower taps.
There are typically full-size refrigerators with top or side-by-side freezer compartments.
Either is okay to be turned into a kegerator. If you don’t have any kegs to dispense, you can place the taps on the side of the refrigerator or straight through the door.
If you place the taps on the front, make sure you mount them at a low place. It should be low enough that the tap handles are not in the way of the upper freezer door.
A bracket may also be added to connect the fridge and freezer doors. This way, you don’t have to think about the height of your clicks.
The fridge and the freezer door will be opened simultaneously.
Space is the greatest advantage of building a full-size refrigerator. On full-size refrigerators, you may need to level the floor by constructing a wooden frame.
You can store kegs, bottles, cans, or even brew beer inside until the foundation is level.
Choose a Kegerator Conversion Kit
This is the difficult bit when you’re running a lot of kegerator kits. I don’t believe you need a 2-tower tap for home use. They can double the amount, and they don’t even need it.
If you do have to fix the tap, it’s going to end up being a bigger challenge. You will need to rip this out or you’re going to have to buy a new refrigerator/single unit package.
Remember the expense of the refrigerator when you make this call. However, it’s better than buying a brand-new kegerator. Your kegerator conversion kit should include the following:
- Serving tower (1- or 2-faucet design)
- Five-pound CO2 tank
- Beer lines
- Gas lines
- At least one disconnect
- Regulator (for adjusting pressure)
Modify the Refrigerator
As soon as you have your kegerator conversion kit, it’s time to get started! The first move is to properly disinfect and sanitize the refrigerator you convert. Remove the racks, if there are any.
If the refrigerator floor is not flat and even, you can create an elevated floor that is flat and even.
Modifying the refrigerator by drilling holes in it will cancel all warranties. Always make sure you are engaged before you make the first break.
Remove the Top
If you look at the sides of the top of your mini-refrigerator, you’ll see the seam. It’s like a piece of metal/plastic on the roof that’s been mounted on the refrigerator with a 1-inch metal gap on each side.
You should use a metal putty knife to wedge it underneath and wedge it out.
Below, you’ll see some cooling lines and a lot of foam stuff. Here, you must be very patient. You need to use a drill to make a hole in the refrigerator for your pipes.
It’s going to go through the top, and it’s going to take you down to your unit. Place this where you want the tap to be.
Because you know where the cooling lines are, it’s time to get to work. Drill your hole in the main refrigerator between the cooling lines.
You want the lines to hit the tubing, or at least be near them. This is going to cool the line when the beer passes through it.
This could be a long process. All that plastic and foam is going to be hard to remove.
You may have to cut a circular hole in the foam to find the lines and then start from there. It may be tricky, but this is the most sensible move.
Fill the Space
It’s time to run your CO2 lines across the top and put your canisters in the bottom.
Run the lines of your beer, and get everything ready. Don’t stick something to the ends of the line yet.
First, in the place where the foam insulation was, you’re going to need something to cover.
My best recommendation is to use a sheet of plywood and cut it to size. You’ll need to cut a hole in it to run the lines as well.
PVC pipe is inexpensive, and it’s perfect. You want to build a channel for the lines we linked up earlier. Run the duct through the top of your refrigerator and tie it to the floor.
Using metal paddings, shape it along the bottom and top of the PVC pipe until it is finished.
Secure the Top
After you’ve drilled a hole to go around the PVC pipe, it’s time to start putting the top back on. It’s all right if the hole is a little too wide, as you can always fix it later.
Secure the Tap
Protect the tap to the top of your refrigerator and make sure the lines are working properly. Depending on what sort of tap you get, the line configuration can differ.
Run a test to ensure that the lines are operating correctly. You’ll want to hear the CO2 lines kick in.
Put the tap into the opening on the top of the keg. Line up the notches on the keg tap.
Make sure that the notches are lined up and bring in the tap. Don’t lower the lever! Turn the tap.
Turn the tap clockwise until it is locked when the lever is held up. Click the tap lever.
After the tap has been correctly seated, push the levers to open the keg. Drag the beer.
Time to draw the beer.
Tips When Tapping a Keg
- Make sure the keg coupler handle is in the up (off) spot.
- Align the tabs on the keg coupler with the keg slots; attach the keg coupler.
- Switch the keg coupler handle 1/4 turn clockwise; the coupler is now fixed to the keg.
- By using a keg coupler, you press a commercial-type keg. You’re going to need to buy the right coupler to complement the brand of beer keg you have. Reference our valve comparison map to find out which coupler is correct for you.
- Don’t stir up the keg. If there has been undue excitement during shipping, allow the keg to relax for 1 to 2 hours before tapping.
- Take out the coupler handle and force it down; release the handle and lock it in place. The keg is correctly tapped now.
- Tapping the keg correctly will trigger both the beer line and the CO2 pressure line. The keg is going to be able to draw beer.
- Until clicking, make sure the beer hawk is in the off place (pushed back).
- Remove the plastic dust cap from the beer keg.
If you’ve selected the right-size refrigerator, and you’ve assembled the right-size kit, voila! You have your very own keg refrigerator. All that’s left to do now is to contact some friends to help you try it out.