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Marv
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Username: Beltbrew

Post Number: 36
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 04:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I finally took the plunge toward kegging by ordering cornies from Sabco.

I could use some advise as to where to shop for the rest of the stuff to convert my large dorm fridge(I know I need to bend the Ice tray.

Any pros/cons in using a draft tower vs going thru the door? How long does the shank need to be? Are expensive taps worth it? Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Aaron Meyer
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Username: Meyeaard

Post Number: 186
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you go with a draft tower you may need to use a fan to keep the beer lines in the tower cold. If they get warm that first pint can be a gusher.

For this reason and due to the cost of a tower I opted for door faucets on my setup.

I like http://www.servu-online.com for the shanks and faucets. They are extremely helpful if you call and their prices are the lowest I've seen.
Shanks ~10$ and faucets ~13$ if I recall correctly. (Not affiliated, just a happy customer.)
 

Peter Roman
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Username: Lilbordr

Post Number: 736
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 06:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you are lazy and don't like frequent cleaning/maintenence, get Vent-matic faucets. They don't require frequent cleaning.

Cheers,
Peter Roman
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 421
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I converted one of these dorm size fridges by adding a tower. One five gallon ball lock would fit inside with room for a five pound CO2 tank.
Now the bad news: when you bend the freezer section back you also have to remove the ice trey and ice compartment door, thus you wind up with a "U" shaped freezer compartment which is the cooling element for this type fridge.... resulting in the freezer compartment/element continually trying to freeze and forming frost which melts and drips down inside the refridgerator..standing water and eventually it will leak out onto the floor...and your steel CO2 tank will rust! I finally got rid of mine and went with a chest type freezer, much happier
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 601
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 07:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am forced to 'use' my faucets every day, otherwise, like Peter said. Still, not a big deal. Call one of the big on-line shops and they should be able to sell you exactly what you need.
Kegs are great.

I have my faucets mounted on a shelf inside my 'fridge. Someday, when the kids are bigger, thru the door!
 

Mike A.
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Username: Mike_a

Post Number: 84
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 07:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just finished setting up my Sanyo 4910 kegerator with a dual Perlick tap tower. All I can say is, I should have done this a long time ago. Superior Products is a good place to start looking (NAYY).
 

Tony Legge
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Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 39
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 10:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Robert, when the kids get bigger you'll need a lock on the fridge. Trust me!
 

Mike Mayer
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Username: Mmayer

Post Number: 393
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 01:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yup, I'm with Tony, the only way to keep kids out of your beer is with a big old padlock on the door. I only have about 2 more years, then the locks come off of everything!!
 

Joe DiBenedetti
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Username: Docwino

Post Number: 211
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Never needed a padlock. My kids and now my grandchildren know that besids being permanent death can also be very painful.

In all actuality I got really lucky and, for being military brats, they never caused or got into any real trouble other than kid stuff.