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06-03-2009 07:43 PM  8 years agoPost 1
heli pod

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So I am guessing that there are a few of you guys that drink beer, right? Well, I do as well! BUT, I am tired of all the bottles/cans and going to the store so I want a Kegerator. I have been looking around on eBay, Craig's List and other online places but I want personal experiences of what are some good brands (i.e. which keep the sudz cold, etc.) and those that are not too expensive. I also would like to know what are the crappy brands (like the ones from Walmart that are like $300.00.) Thanks in advance!

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06-03-2009 07:52 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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I've had the Beermeister before and it is the best one for home use. It holds a regular size keg and it has storage for beer mugs inside. They aren't cheap, but they do work well and they are party proof as they are built tough. They also have wheels on it so you can roll it into another room by yourself. http://beermeisters.com/product_list.php?cid=1

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06-04-2009 02:10 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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We had a Hairer(sp) model off ebay and it was ok. I think it was from a scratch and dent place, we got it cheap but it needed some modifying in the cooling department. It was very convenient, I did not have to leave my computer chair to get a drink never had to stop at the convenient store for more beer after I ran out either...it was nice. But in the end I sold it for almost as much as I got it for and stopped drinking.

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06-04-2009 04:39 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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But in the end I sold it for almost as much as I got it for and stopped drinking
Probably better off!

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06-04-2009 06:33 AM  8 years agoPost 5
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My roommate and I built one in college with a modified chest freezer so it maintains the proper temp. A good site to look at is Beverage Factory. That is where we got most of the hardware (taps, spouts, hoses, regulators, etc.). You can also check ebay as they have some good deals sometimes. The novelty wore off pretty quick after the first year or so. I hardly drink anymore and it is sitting in my apartment in front of the back door holding food. (And keeping the burglars out )

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06-04-2009 04:34 PM  8 years agoPost 6
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When you get a chance, check this site out: http://www.micromatic.com/Forum/us-en/

My screen name on there is blockatvalpo too. I bought a Vissani kegerator at Home Depot for $330 last August and have had great luck with it. You'll notice on the micromatic website that when they first came out, people weren't having good luck with them. If you're willing to make a few adjustments, you can get it running smoothly. One adjustment is the thermostat and the other is adding a small pc fan to move the air around. I did those two things and the temp in my kegerator dropped 10 degrees.

Overall a kegerator is a great idea, but you will find yourself drinking more beer because you have it. Your waist line will expand after buying one. A 1/6 keg lasts me about a month and a 1/2 barrel lasts me close to 3 months, which is the time limit on an open keg.

Before you go out and buy a keg, make sure the kegerator can maintain the correct temperature. You'll want to buy a thermometer from Target, calibrate it (readying 32 degrees in a glass of ice water), and then put it in a glass of normal tap water. Put that in the kegerator overnight and see what it's reading. You want that glass of water to be at least 38 degrees (depends on the beer). Once it's cold enough, you'll want to buy the keg. If you buy a keg, put it in there and the fridge is too warm, you'll ruin the entire keg.

Once the kegs tapped, find out what PSI it needs to be at (i.e. Yuengling is 12 PSI, Miller Lite is 14-15 PSI). After you put the keg in the kegerator, your first pour will be foamy. This is pretty normal because the temperature of the beer goes up in the tower causing the CO2 to come out. What I do is pour a bit, chug it, then pour a full pint with the right amount of foam. You can buy a blower or rig a blower that sends cool air into the tower to fix this problem. That is totally up to you and how handy you are.

Oh, before buying the keg and tapping, make sure you get the CO2 filled up. My 5 lb CO2 tank costs me $20 to fill up at our local paintball shop. Most paintball shops can only fill 5 lb tanks. Some have the scales to fill 10 lb tanks. My 5 lb tank lasts about 4 1/2 barrels and that all depends on the PSI your running and if you ever have a leak.

If you have any more questions, send me a PM.

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06-04-2009 06:45 PM  8 years agoPost 7
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Wow. So far great info! Thanks.
Overall a kegerator is a great idea, but you will find yourself drinking more beer because you have it. Your waist line will expand after buying one.
I figured as much!

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