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Last Edited by johnny_miller January 23, 2015 at 11:08 PM
I just picked up a Kegerator at Home Depot in CT for $159 (plus tax). They also had wine fridges for the same price. I saw 5 kegerators left at the front of the store and maybe 2-3 wine fridges. Not sure if this was just my local store or not.

I think it's this one - http://www.homedepot.com/p/IGLOO-.../203474205

------20% off Clearance Appliances------
058465774592 6.0 CU BEER <A> 199.04
6.0 CUBIC FOOT KEGERATOR
MAX REFUND VALUE $159.23
20% off Clearance Appliances -39.81

SUBTOTAL 159.23
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Last Edited by Pwr71 February 28, 2015 at 04:42 PM
The builtin thermostat on these kegorators are not good (the temp fluctuates about 8-12 degree Fahrenheit, which is a big deal for serious beer drinkiers and connoisseurs alike, not to mention most people like beer at around 40, so guess what happens when it fluctuates to under 32 degrees (HINT: no beer is POURING) ), but for $169 you cant complain. Alot of brewers by a external thermostat also knowns as Refrigerator or Freezer Thermostat (Temperature Controller)...here is an example, u may find better or cheaper ones browsing online http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Con...GWWRKSG041
this will help maintain your beer and +1 or -1 degrees from your set temperature (imo the Johnson one is one of the best ones) Yes when it comes to beer pouring and foaming temperature is everything...YES 2-3 degrees makes a difference!!!

Fluctuating temps = nightmare (Previous poster's opinion; see below for opposing point of view.)

Note: I'd say the idea of frozen beer would be a serious exaggeration. First, the freezing temp of beer is lower than water (more like 27-30). Second, it would probably take all day at a borderline freezing temp to actually affect a whole keg of beer. And finally, a swing of 8-12 degrees would generally mean 4-6 degrees above and 4-6 degrees below the target temp. So the compressor might kick on around 45 degrees and kick off around 35 degrees if your target temp is 40. Sure, it may not be ideal, but still fine for most people looking at a casual keg cooler like this. (Update to note: after giving it more thought, I'd have to say that I believe the fluctuating temperature thing should be no problem at all. A full keg of beer takes about 20 minutes to warm up 1 degree and a full hour to cool down one degree. Given that the temperature fluctuation is going to happen fairly constantly as the unit kicks on and off, there probably wouldn't be enough time for the temp of the beer to change by more than a degree between cycles. Even a low keg has a large amount of metal, so won't change temp all that quickly. A compressor is less efficient the more it cycles on and off, so I'm actually of the opinion that making it kick on and off more frequently would be silly given its function and only make the unit less efficient and more expensive to operate.


Quote from ionizer View Post :
DO NOT FILL YOUR CO2 AT A WELDING SUPPLY STORE

you want FOOD GRADE CO2 from beverage companies!!! look around, you'll likely find one within 30 minutes of any major area.. those in remote areas might have more difficulty finding them

The slight difference between industrial-grade CO2 and food-grade CO2 is the type of tests that are done to qualify CO2 as beverage or beer gas-grade compared to industrial-grade. Currently, the FDA's requirement for food-grade CO2 a 99.90% purity rating. The other .09% is made up of impurities such as hydrocarbons or nitrogen. Industrial grade CO2 is 99% pure CO2, also containing impurities such as hydrocarbons or nitrogen.

However, the nature of those impurities extremely important. They go on to suggest:

One impurity that all homebrewers should be aware of is benzene. Benzene is a no-no for homebrewers. If the CO2 that you are purchasing has high benzene levels, it will leave you and fellow drinkers with terrible headaches. When I say high levels, we are not talking about much. Benzene is usually an impurity that is referred to in PPB. The benzene level should be around 20 PPB.

So when bying CO2 make sure u ask if it is food grade and go to a reputable store cause of course the smaller places will most likley tell u YES just to sell it.

CDC about Benzene: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/benze.../facts.asp


Quote from tslugmo View Post :
I'm a homebrewer so I got this keg to convert to hold corny kegs. I've done a lot of research on upgrades to this unit which I'll share for anybody else who might find it useful:
To convert to corny:
  • These connectors [williamsbrewing.com] will allow you to use the provided Sanke tap on store-bought kegs as well as using ball lock kegs without fuss. With this kit, the quick-release ball lock connectors can snap onto the Sanke tap.

To improve foamy pours
:
  • • 48 hour keg rest after transport

    • Watch for beer line dipping below the level of the top of the keg. Coil beer lines on top of the keg.
  • Use a 10' beverage line instead of the included short tubing. (10ft of 3/8 I.D.) *** THIS HELPS ALOT ***
  • Use a tower cooler. Here is a link to building your own [instructables.com] which is pretty cheap if you have an old desktop computer lying around. I built one similar but the fan I had was much larger, so I added a rheostat to slow it down. I'm glad I did because even at the slowest setting it's still too powerful and air comes out the intake end. He says to use a 40cm fan, I think he's probably right. Here's another example [draft-beer-made-easy.com].
  • Adjust your co2 pressure to the temperature and type of beer using this handy chart [kegerators.com]. Temperature is liquid temp, not air temp
Temperature issues:
  • Move the temperature probe from the cold plate to a location in the fridge that will give a more accurate reading.

Other things you may eventually want to do
:
  • Upgrade the regulator because it's kind of cheap
  • Upgrade the tower to a 2 or 3 tap tower with Perlick stainless steel faucets to prevent sticking.
  • Upgrade the 2.5 lbs co2 tank to 5lbs or more because most places won't swap a 2.5 lbs tank and some might not even fill it. Also, run the co2 line and tank outside the fridge so that you can get longer life out of warmer gas, the gauge will be more accurate, and there will be more room for kegs.
And here's a guy's blog [tomwaters.net] who started to create a guide to this kegerator.


Hope this helps people who are as clueless as I was when I started.

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local store is...?
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Oh, just saw CT, whoops
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wish there was a way to check store stock without calling a bunch.

OP - do you have your receipt by chance? wonder if they'd price match in store.
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wish there was a way to check store stock without calling a bunch.

OP - do you have your receipt by chance? wonder if they'd price match in store.
Add to cart and see if any are available for store pickup. None in Tampa Bay BTW
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Add to cart and see if any are available for store pickup. None in Tampa Bay BTW
Showing online only so no option for store pickup to check inventory.
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YMMV, but thumbs up for Kegerator Fridays! Nice find OP!
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Showing online only so no option for store pickup to check inventory.
Thanks, thought it might still show stock but guess not
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how'd you get the extra 20% off? I'm bored so I'm going to swing by my local store
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This is not the same one that he got. If it was indeed in the store it would have a store SKU on the web page with it. Unless someone bought it online and returned it to the store, but that would be a one off.
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It was the FRB200 model like in the link. It originally rang up at $199 and the stack of them were about 20 feet from the cashier so I pointed to the big yellow 20% off appliances and sale stick on the boxes.

The pricing in the original post is from my e receipt. Attaching a picture of the item with the sale sticker on it.
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You are the best! Bought this back in December for 298$. Just did a price match for 159$. Saved me $170 after tax!
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