I made a kegerator a while back which has served it purposes well.
However, it only held ONE corny keg:
I intend to brew more and would like to have multiple kegs on tap at once. I could go the “keezer” route (for more info on Keezers, see here), but that’s so basic. Everyone does that. I wanted it to be unique.
I found a school milk cooler for auction on govdeals.com and scored it for $80.
I plugged it in and it started cooling down immediately! I found the thermostat must be broken because it didn’t turn off (or at least it didn’t turn off after a LONG time running so I added a temperature controller I had already had. It’s an Inkbird ITC-308 seen here:
Worked a charm and keeps the temp in a range I need to keep beer optimal temp.
So, physically it worked fine but I had to have it set up for multiple corny kegs. this thing is BIG so I was thinking maybe 8 kegs, but I was going to start with four. The basic idea of assembly is the same as any kegerator: Drill holes, put in shanks/taps, set up tank and regulator, hoses etc. Done.
In a single keg kegerator, a single dual-gauge regulator is all you need. Dual gauge is necessary to see:
a. pressure in the CO2 tank that correlates to the amount of CO2 left in the tank
b. pressure being put on the receiving keg. (what you are carbonating or dispensing at.)
If you have muliple kegs in a kegerator you have two options:
a. use a dual-gauge regulator attached to a “manifold” that splits up the outgoing CO2/pressure to multiple kegs. In this scenario all kegs will have the same pressure being “sent” to them.
b. use a secondary regulator (instead of a manifold) along with the main dual-gauge regulator that allows for adjustable pressure to each individual keg.
I opted for option b and got one at BeverageFactory.com :
I also bought the necessary shanks, hoses and taps at Adventures in Homebrewing. I find they have great service, pricing and a sweet point system that yields rewards.
So, if you saw my last build....it’s not rocket science.
Here is a pictorial breakdown of the steps: