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kegerator 1 Did someone say homebrewed Kegerator?
kegerator 2 Did someone say homebrewed Kegerator?
kegerator 3 Did someone say homebrewed Kegerator?

MAKE magazine contributor Bill Bumgarner (who wrote the “Pinball, Resurrected” piece in MAKE Volume 08), wanted a kegerator (keg refrigerator) for his homebrewed beer. He didn’t want to buy one (they can be expensive), so he built one. He started with a cheap Home Depot 5 cubic foot chest freezer. He extended the lid and stacked a couple of 2 x 4s in-between the lid and the body of the fridge to house his taps and CO2 tubing. A few nifty touches here, such as:

Ben Holt suggested a neat hack; stick a scale on the tank holder such that you know, by weight, when that 5# of CO2 is about gone. The high pressure gauge is close to useless in that it’ll read about 750-850PSI until almost all of the liquid CO2 is gone, then the pressure drops rather rapidly.

Nice work. [Thanks, Brian!]

Make: Kegerator!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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