R2-Beer2: Old Fridge Turned Into Star Wars Kegerator

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Attention Star Wars fans! Attention beer fans! 

Introducing: R2-Beer2. The Kegerator.

The wonderful world of Imgur has once again proven that with an idea, a little determination, and some hard work, you can make all your nerdy dreams come true. It all began with a 1955 GE fridge that was getting ready to be tossed in the garbage. The Imgur user known as Weylund’s grandparents had bought the fridge when they moved into their current house in 1955, but would no longer have use for it after their coming relocation, so they were going to pitch it. They’d only moved it once since buying it 1955 — into their basement — when they replaced it with a more modern fridge. But instead of letting it go, Weylund and a friend got a U-Haul van, and a new project was born for the old fridge.

The finished Kegerator holds two ⅙ kegs and a 5lb CO2 tank comfortably inside it. The process involved a lot of trial-and-error, sanding, painting, more sanding, more coats of paint, taking things apart, putting them back together, and installing new things like insulation. It got tricky in some parts, such as rewiring and putting it back together which almost resulted in the door handle becoming “a very dangerous version of one of those old buzzer gags”. But after fixing a dislodged ceramic tube inside a metal housing on the side of the compressor, all was well again and R2-Beer2 became a fully-functioning Kegerator. Now if you’ll excuse me, my fridge is starting to look like a very nice R2-D2. I’ve got work to do.

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Cosplayer, writer, craftswoman at Ruby Fern, and co-founder of the non-profit The Geek Foundation. I love creativity and being a maker!

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