This blog just gives a bit more information about the kegerator project I submitted to LJ. The woodworking part of the project is pretty simple. If someone wants more info about that just send me a note. I thought some of you might be interested in the “beer side” of this story.
For other current or wannbe beer geeks out there here’s a bit more info about the beer brewing/dispensing side of the project.
I do not use the thermostat that came with the freezer. It isn’t possible to maintain proper beer temperatures with it. Instead a built a separate digital thermostat assembly that is mounted on the back hinge side on the outside of the sleeve. The thermocouple goes through a hole in the sleeve and is mounted on the inside wall of the sleeve in a thermowell for protection. TIf you look closely at the back left corner of the wood frame you can see the thermowell. It is partially made of brass. Unfortunatly, in this photo the thermocouple has not yet been installed.
The CO2 system
The CO2 tank currently sits inside the freezer. This keeps the overall footprint of the kegerator smaller and everything is in one place and easily mobile. If I’m just dispensing beer I go through a lot of kegs before the tank runs out. I never did a count but I have not found a need to have a large tank outside of the kegerator.
The CO2 goes through a filter before it is sent to 2 separate regulators. Two regulators allows me to work with 2 different gas pressures at the same time. For example, I can have one set to a pressure for dispensing beer and another one at a higher pressure to carbonate beer kegs before they have their turn on one of the taps.
The CO2 goes from each of the regulators to separate manifolds with valves. This allows me to feed the CO2 to multiple beer taps with the same line pressure at the same time.
The beer Kegs
I mostly use 5 gallon Corniellius kegs. I have a few 2.5 gallon kegs which I use for root beer and having carbonated water on tap (My partner is German and she hates still water.)
The business end of the project
I have 5 304 stainless steel Perlick Series 650 forward sealing faucets and matching shanks. I highly recommend the faucets. They are superb in every respect. Sorry, I don”t have a good closeup of the faucets…
This is a woodworking blog so I won’t go crazy on the beer info. If someone has questions just let me know and I will respond with a private message.
-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!