Kegerator Kit Instructions

Kegerator Kit Instructions

If you’ve already purchased a kegerator conversion kit, here are some general instructions and tips for putting it all together.

 

Required Tools:

Kegerator Conversion Kit required tools at Liquor Barn

  • Drill
  • ⅞” Hole Saw with center bit
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Faucet Wrench (included in most conversion kits)
  • Tape Measure

TIP:  Submerge the ends of your air/beverage line in very hot water for about 30 seconds to make them easier to mount on barbed fittings.

Step 1

Determine where you will drill the hole for the shank in step 2.  Choose a spot that is flat on the interior side of the door.  For refrigerators with overhead freezers. make sure your shank is low enough on the door so the freezer door opens without hitting the tap pull handle!  If you want a tall custom tap pull, the shank has to go down low enough to fit your tap pull.

Drilling your kegerator

Step 2

Using your 7/8″ hole saw with center bit,  find flat spot on the inside of the door. Drill through to the outside of the door. Then using the pilot hole from the outside, finish drilling from the outside to the inside.  This will help keep the edges of the hole smooth.

Step 3

Insert the shank through the hole that you just drilled and secure it with a brass lock nut.

Step 4

Attach the chrome faucet head to the shank, and tighten using the faucet wrench

Tightening faucet with collar wrench

Tighten faucet with collar wrench

Step 5

Attach one end of the beer line with a hex nut to the shank, and the other end of the beer line to the keg coupler, or connector.   Don’t forget insert the black rubber washer on both ends. (black washers not used for Corny connectors) Use a wrench to ensure a tight seal.

Attach beer line to shank

Attach beer line to shank

Attach Beer Line to Keg Coupler

Attach Beer Line to Keg Coupler

Step 6 (optional)

If you want to keep your CO2 tank outside of the fridge, drill a 1/2″ hole into the side of the refrigerator for the airline to pass through.  No caulking is necessary as the airline will be snug enough with a ½” hole.

Step 7

Fasten the air line to the air inlet side keg coupler with the provided clamp.  Make sure the air inlet side of the keg coupler has the provided check valve, and black rubber washer installed (Corny connectors do not have check valves or washers). Tighten with a wrench.

Attach 5/16" Air Line to Keg Coupler

Attach 5/16″ Air Line to Keg Coupler

Step 8

Connect the regulator to the CO2 tank, using the provided flat plastic washer between the CO2 tank and the regulator nut.  Make sure the regulator nut is tight on the CO2 tank, as this is where many air leaks occur.  No teflon tape is necessary.

Step 9

Place the regulator output shutoff in the closed position.  Open the CO2 tank main valve all the way.  Then  adjust the regulator center screw until pressure gauge (top gauge) is between 8-10 PSI.

Step 10

Attach keg coupler to your keg, and open the regulator shutoff valve.

Additional Footnotes:

  1. Once the your beer is tapped, make sure their are no air leaks, as the air will leak until the CO2 tank is empty, and then you beer will go flat.  Make sure there are no beer drips, as since the keg is under pressure, it will drip until you whole keg is empty, and then all the air will leak out.  MAKE SURE ALL CONNECTIONS ARE TIGHT!
  2. The gauge on the side of the regulator, with the red zone is called your high side gauge.  This is how much gas is left in you tank.  CO2 gas only goes up to 900 lbs.  A full 5lb CO2 tank can tap eight 16 gallon kegs, if no gas leaks out.  The gauge will read 900 lbs until it is almost empty, and only then will the needle start pointing to empty.  When the gauge gets into the red zone, you have enough gas to tap one keg. Plan accordingly, because if you run out of gas, your beer will go flat!

 Having trouble?  Check our Co2 Troubleshooting Guide for help!