I brew beer. Not well, I don’t claim to be a master brewer. However I do it well enough to drink it and my friends think so too. I used to bottle my beer but found kegging to be better. WHY?
Well- bottling has it’s benefits. Portability for one.....that’s about it. So, actually bottling has it’s BENEFIT. Along with buying or collecting bottles to use, you have to clean them, sterilize them, fill them and cap them. 48 of them per 5 gallon batch! Then you have to store them while they carbonate. This can take weeks. Weeks after the week or two it took to ferment the beer. So this extends the process. By “process” I mean the waiting period to drink it. Unacceptable.
So kegging is another option. It’s like ONE BIG BOTTLE. Buy one. Clean one. Fill ONE. Then you can carbonate it in a week or less with CO2. Always ready. Always there. Like a good friend.
So- How do you dispense said friend? Through another great friend, the refrigerator! AND IT’S SUPER EASY
NOTE: Homebrewers use a soda syrup canister called a “Corny Keg” that has a CO2 inlet and a fluid outlet that use ball lock or pin valve connectors. Dimensions are about 9" x 25"- so if you plan to make this to use a commercial 1/4 or 1/2 keg, you need to adapt refrigerator and connectors as per your needs.
(* Available at local or online homebrew shops, ** also available online or locally at soda/syrup distributors, but some homebrew vendors sell them as well)
- 1" hole drillbit
- 1" Adjustable wrench
- Flat head screwdriver
Step 1: Find your local refrigerator. (make sure you have taken out shelves, drawers, etc and there is enough room for your keg.)
Step 2: Locate a spot on the inside of the refrigerator on the wall that is far enough away from the door that nothing will hit it from the inside of the door.
Step 3: Drill 1" hole as far as you can from the inside of the refrigerator. In my case I got through the inside and actually made a hole through the outside wall. I had to go back from the outside and work that side. In any case a 1" hole was made.
Step 4: Put tap assembly through hole and tighten it up!
Step 5: Attach beer hose. I you bought one with a picnic dispenser on one end, cut it off and attache to the barbed tube on the back of the tap assembly. Soften the hose with a hairdryer or heat gun. Makes it easier.
Step 6: Hook up the CO2 tank to the keg via the regulator. I set mine for 12psi. (Instructions for this process are all over the net. And it takes 2 minutes to do) This is usually easier out side the fridge.
Step 7: Hook up the beer line to the keg. Assuming your keg is carbonated properly you are about to enjoy beer.
Step 8: Enjoy beer! (mine in the pics is Vanilla Porter)