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Kegerator Conversion Kit
Kegerators can have long term savings on the cost of beer. You can dispense your own draft beer in the glass for about .08 cents per ounce. Compared to about .12- .20 cents per ounce for bottle beer . Building a kegerator requires a refrigerator and a kegerator conversion kit and some beer. You will want the refrigerator big enough to fit the size keg you will buy.
Kegerator conversion kits consist of a beer faucet, beer shank, beer line, air line, keg coupler, Co2 regulator, a Co2 cylinder, tap handle and if you would like one, a drip tray. In Colorado, because of altitude, you need 6'
You will have to look around your area for suppliers of Co2, as all cylinders are shipped empty. Welding supply houses will usually fill Co2 cylinders.
Building Your Kegerator
All you will need are 2 holes. One for the beer shank, and the other for the Co2 line, if you decide to keep your Co2 cylinder on the outside of the kegerator. The hole for the beer shank will need to be 7/8 inch, and the hole for the airline will need to be 5/8 inch. For the beer shank, you will need to decide if you want it out of the front of the kegerator, or out the side. Either will work fine, it just depends on your setup. Insert the beer shank through the 7/8 inch hole and tighten the nut until snug. Attach the beer faucet to the beer shank and tighten with the faucet wrench. The collar on the beer shank takes a special wrench and using pliers will damage the collar. Next you will attach the beer line to the tail piece and hex nut. Each end of the beer line requires this process. Insert a coupling washer into each hex nut and attach one end to the top of the keg coupler and the other end to the beer shank. Tighten both hex nuts. Next, attach the air line to the air inlet fitting on the side of the keg coupler. Attach the other end to the outlet on the Co2 regulator. Attach the Co2 regulator to the Co2 cylinder making sure the Co2 washer is in the regulator, this washer will prevent Co2 leaks and make your Co2 last longer.
it is important to have your pressure adjusted to a good pouring level and to pour the beer by opening the faucet completely to allow the beer to pour smoothly out of the tap. A good rule of thumb when setting pressures for domestic beers is multiply 3 by the length of beer line you have. In Colorado, because of altitude, beer line needs to be 6' in length.
If you set your beer pressure too low it does not allow the beer to be packed in the line. If the beer isn’t packed tightly in the line you will get air pockets and when it pours you will get foam bursts or just foamy pours.
Maintaining your Kegerator:
Now that you have a new kegerator, you will need to keep the beer pouring and tasting good. To do this, you should clean your kegerator on a regular basis, about once a month, or after each keg of beer you pour. Cleaning your kegerator is pretty simple to do, but if you're not comfortable doing it, you can check around your area for a professional service to come out and do it for you. There are a couple of ways to clean your lines. First, you can purchase either a cleaning bottle or a cleaning pot. The cleaning bottle is usually about a quart size and comes with a brush and cleaning solution. Most cleaners are concentrated and made to mix one ounce of solution to one quart of warm water, but make sure to read the instructions to get the proper mix for the cleaner you are using. You will have to remove the beer faucet and attach the cleaning tube to the beer shank with the adapter provided, remember, use the faucet wrench so the collar is not damaged. Next, remove the beer line from the top of the keg coupler and place it into a bucket. Then slowly pump the bottle and the solution will flow through the hose and into the bucket. Continue this until the bottle is empty. Then remove the bottle and rinse it out and fill it with cool water and repeat the process again. After rinsing the beer line, take your beer faucet apart and brush it out with the faucet brush and warm water. Put your system back together and you are ready to pour beer again.
Trouble-shooting your Kegerator:
If you are having trouble with the way your beer is pouring, first check to make sure you have enough Co2 left in the cylinder to pressurize the keg. Check the temperature of your refrigerator and make sure that it is not warmer than 38 degrees. The best way to check the temperature is to put a glass of water in the refrigerator, leave it overnight, and check the water temperature in the morning. If you continue to have problems, consult your local professional for more help in determining the cause of the foamy beer.
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