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TripleNad’s PubFridge: Day 1

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So let’s start from the very beginning.  I acquired my HotPoint refrigerator from my neighbor.  He had just received a new fridge and was moving his kitchen fridge onto his porch to replace his HotPoint fridge.  He called me up and asked me if I wanted his old porch fridge.  Once I determined that there was nothing wrong with it, I happily accepted.2

 

He wheeled it over on the dolly and I made room for it in the garage.  It has served a great purpose as a second refrigerator, mainly for storing beer, but having the extra room to put stuff when we have no room in our main fridge was just an added treat.

 

I have wanted, for quite a while, to move away from bottling and into kegging in my homebrew operation.  My wife and I have been looking at buying a new house for a little while now, but in order to prepare our current house for sale I needed to do something with all of the bottles I’ve collected over the years used to bottle my beers.  I saw this as an opportunity and jumped on it!  I told her that if I got the equipment to go down the road to keg, then I could get rid of all of my bottles.  She took the bait, and I reeled her in.  So here we are 2 year later, and I now have my 4 year old daughter drilling holes in the front of what is to be deemed project “4 taps, 3 testicles, 2 dudes, 1 goal” (at least for me.  JJ’s on his own for a creative project name.).  So I am going to go ahead and call out the joke that many others are thinking while reading this: “3 testicles, 2 dudes and 1 goal?  What sort of operation are you running over there?”  Now you can’t call it out, or else you’ll just humiliate yourself.

I managed to secure the following components for the hardware of my build:

 

1 – HotPoint Refrigerator.  

4 – Chrome Beer Faucets with Knob

4 – 4 1/8″ Chrome Beer Shank

4 – Ball Lock Beer Coupler

4 – Ball Lock Gas Coupler

4 – 3/16″ Beer Hose 5ft

4 – 5/16″ Air Hose 5ft

1 – Double Gauge Co2 Regulator

1 – 10# Co2 tank 

4 – 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – Reconditioned, clean, pressure checked

4 – Extra O-Rings for Kegs (just in case)

1 – 1×4 Pine Board (I had this laying around in my garage already)

1 – Sheet of MDF (I had this laying around in my garage already)

 

Items to still obtain:

 

1 – Drip Tray

4 – Secondary Regulators

 

Tools Required:

 

Power Drill

Saw – Table saw would work best, unless it’s buried in the corner of your garage.  Then just grab whatever saw you can get your hands on.  In my case, it was a jigsaw.

3/16″ Drill Bit 

7/8″ Step Drill Bit

1″ Spade Drill Bit

Channellocks.

 

Start off by determining where you want to place your taps.  I did 4 taps and put the centers 5″ apart from each other.  Draw a line across the door, mark your centers, and drill a pilot hole with the small drill bit.  Once you’ve got the pilot hole drilled, drill out the tap holes with the step bit all the way to 7/8″.  Originally I used a 3/4″ spade bit to drill the tap holes, but then had to go back and finish it with the 7/8″ step.

ThePubFridge Build Off

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So turning an old refrigerator into a kegerator sounds like a bit of a challenge? Rest assured, we here at ThePubShow have never been one to turn down a challenge. So I introduce to you ThePubFridge build-off!

 

JJ Dynomite and I had a gentleman’s agreement that we both needed to complete our alcohol dispensing apparatuses by May 1st.  I’ll post pictures of my build, and expect that JJ will do the same with his.  The biggest differences between his and mine are I used a traditional refridgerator while he is using a chest freezer.

I did not follow any “how-to” instructions while doing this.  Just read a little online on what to expect, put a drill to my fridge door and kept the mentality of “Hope for the best and expect the worst.”  I will provide the equipment I used and how I used it in hopes that I can inspire others to drill holes in their refrigerator doors too!  (While making a kegerator is not entirely required if you start drilling holes, it is recommended).