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Kegerator FAQ

Kegerator FAQ

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Kegerator FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What exactly is a kegerator?

A Kegerator is basically a refrigerator that is designed to store and dispense kegs of beer and other drinks of choice, allowing you to serve your drinks at the optimum temperature and carbonation level.

It is a combination of a keg and a refrigerator, hence the name “kegerator”. They can vary in size from small, portable units to large models that can hold multiple kegs of your favourite drinks.

Q2. How do I choose the right kegerator for my needs?

Consider the following factors:

  • Capacity: How many different types of drinks do you want to hold? And how many kegs can fit in it. This will also affect how many taps you will want to have.
  • Type: Do you want a freestanding kegerator, have it built into an outdoor area or under a benchtop? look for accessories like an under-bench font adaptor for this. For outdoor areas look for kegerators that can withstand the elements.
  • Features: Such as temperature control, number of taps, materials that are used for better durability and quality.
  • Space: The amount of space you have available, measure carefully and check with the manufacturer dimensions to make sure it will fit
  • Budget: How much you are willing to spend and factor in ongoing running costs.
  • For a full in-depth breakdown on everything you need to know about choosing a kegerator click this link.

Q3. What do I need to set up my kegerator?

The basic components you will need for a working kegerator are:

  • The unit itself, there are a lot of options out there so do some research and find one that suits your needs.
  • A CO2 bottle. Majority of the time these will come prefilled, look for one that can be filled at most homebrewing shops.
  • A CO2 Regulator. This is what controls the pressure in the gas and beer lines and can affect carbonation levels and pour quality.
  • Keg Couplers. If you are planning to use commercially brewed beer or drinks check what type of kegs they use first as you will need to match the correct keg coupler to suit.

Q4. How do I install a keg inside a kegerator?

Follow these steps and you can’t go wrong:

  1. Make sure the kegerator is clean and is set to the correct temperature.
  2. Connect the keg coupler to the keg.
  3. Attach the CO2 regulator to the CO2 bottle, then connect it to the keg coupler with the provided lines.
  4. Set the correct pressure on the CO2 regulator. Different drinks have different pressure requirements.
  5. Open the CO2 tank valve and check for leaks by spraying soapy water on all connections.
  6. Let the keg chill and pressurise for 24 hours before serving.

Q5. How often should I clean my kegerator?

Use a specially designed cleaning kit and follow these steps:

  1. Following the instructions mix the cleaning solution thoroughly.
  2. Run the solution through the beer lines and tap.
  3. Rinse extremely well with clean water.
  4. Finish off with cleaning the interior and exterior surfaces.

Q6. Why is my beer too frothy?

The most common causes include:

  • The beer is too warm, check the temperature setting on the fridge.
  • The CO2 pressure is either too high or too low. Adjust it accordingly.
  • There may be air in the lines.
  • The lines may be kinked or have dirt inside

Follow troubleshooting methods on the above, if you are still not having any luck contact us or any brewing professional.

Q7. Why isn’t my kegerator cooling?

A few possible causes might be:

  • The thermostat is set to high or may be faulty.
  • The unit may be overloaded or poorly ventilated.
  • There is an issue with the refrigeration system, this may require the service of a professional tradesman.

Q8. How can I customise my kegerator?

Common customisations include:

  • Adding additional taps.
  • Custom tap handles
  • External decorations or finishes like stainless steel.
  • Upgrading components for different types of beer and drinks.

Q9. Can I use a kegerator for beverages other than beer?

Absolutely! Kegerators are frequently used for dispensing wine, cider, soda water, premade spirits, and even kombucha.

Q10. How do I adjust the carbonation level in my drinks?

Adjusting the CO2 pressure on the regulator can increase or decrease carbonation levels. Use a carbonation chart specific to the type of beer you are using so you get the setting right the first time.

Q11. What are the benefits of using a kegerator over bottled or canned drinks?

Using a kegerator offers multiple benefits including:

  1. Drinks can taste fresher from a kegerator since its stored in a keg under optimal conditions, this helps to maintain its original flavour profile.
  2. If you consume beer or beverages regularly its far more cost effective to have it in bulk, in kegs.
  3. Kegs reduce waste from bottles and cans making them a more environmentally friendly option.
  4. Some craft beers are only available in kegs, this gives you a wider variety of beers.
  5. It is far more convenient having drinks on tap at home as it saves you running to the bottle shop all the time to re stock.

Q12. How long does beer last in a kegerator?

Kegged beer can last anywhere from 3 months to well over a year. If you want to keep your beer fresh always try to keep a consistent temperature and make sure it is always under constant CO2 pressure.

Q13. How often should I replace the gas and beer lines?

These should be replaced every 6 months to 2 years, it just depends on your usage and how often you clean them. If you notice a change in taste or flow inspect the lines for signs of wear and tear.

One last thing before you go.

Do you have any more questions about kegerators that we haven’t covered here? We encourage you to get involved by sending through your own questions or maybe sharing your own experiences and tips, we would love to add them to this FAQ page.

So, don’t hesitate to reach out by email, phone or leave a comment below, let’s all help each other to grow and expand our knowledge.
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Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper, a licenced electrician is an avid foodie, with experience in spit roasting, smoking meats, and kegerators. He loves the outdoor living lifestyle and shares it with his young family.

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