Not long after my first batch, I realized that bottling 5 gallons of beer was not a fun part of the homebrewing process. There is just too much cleaning involved and a tendency to worry that I've got all 50+ bottles clean and saniztized. So, I purchased a kegging system from a homebrew store. This included a keg, CO2 tank, hoses, connectors, and a gas manifold. I got my first kegerator fridge from my in-laws, who were upgrading their kitchen. I had read about issues with some fridgerators having coils in the side walls, but I took my chance and drilled the necessary holes in the sides for the gas line and three taps. Fortunately, there were no coils in the walls of the fridge, so I didn't ruin it..whew! I then installed the gas manifold and began attaching hoses. I then used one of the many online websites to calculate the necessary CO2 pressure to dispense the beer based on beer line length, diameter, and rise/fall to pour the perfect pint. Since that time, I'm now on my second kegerator, as the first finally bit the dust.

CO2 Tank

The CO2 tank.


Inside the kegerator.

Taps and drip tray

The taps and drip tray.

Original taps

The original taps.

Inside again

Another look inside the kegerator.