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How To Build A Kegerator

by Victor @ Taste of Artisan

A detailed kegerator build guide. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. All you need to know on how to build a kegerator. | Taste of Artisan

For those who are into making beer or hard cider, a kegerator is godsent. There are those who still stick to bottling their beers, but for me a kegerator is indispensable.

What is a kegerator?

In simple terms, a kegerator is a beer dispensing device. It is a refrigerator that has been specifically designed or modified to chill, store and dispense contents of kegs. The word kegerator was cleverly derived from “keg” and “refrigerator.” A part and parcel of a kegerator is a CO2 tank which allows beer to be force carbonated and then dispensed under pressure.

The CO2 tank can be located both inside and outside of a kegerator. Depending on the type of beer served, the CO2 gas may be replaced with a beer gas or pure nitrogen. Beer gas is a 75%/25% mix of nitrogen and CO2 gas. Nitrogen and beer gas require a different from CO2 gas tank due to a higher pressure they are stored at.

Why build a kegerator?

There are many other reasons why you should build a kegerator. No beer bottle bombs from over-carbonation. No under-carbonation. Kegs are much easier to handle than bottles. Some may call me crazy, but I feel like beer from a keg tastes differently. It tastes better. I don’t like the taste of bottled beer. And don’t get me started on canned beer.

It’s fast. You can have your beer carbonated and ready for dispensing within a day. Bottled beer will take its sweet time to adequately carbonate.

Finally,  don’t forget the coolness factor of having a beer dispenser in your dining room. It’s a guest magnet. For better or for worse.

On top, kegerators are not just for dispensing beer. I built a single tap, 2-keg kegerator specifically for carbonating and dispensing carbonated water. You can read more about it in my How to Make Carbonated Water post. My family loves it. The ongoing cost of homemade carbonated water is only pennies per gallon. This is huge given that you will pay a couple of dollars per bottle of carbonated water at your local grocery store.


A detailed kegerator build guide. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. All you need to know on how to build a kegerator. | Taste of Artisan

How hard is it to build a kegerator?

As I mentioned above, it’s a lot easier than many people would think. Having built 5 kegerators by now, I would say the hardest part about building a kegerator is figuring out what parts  you need and making sure you have everything you need. It can get pretty frustrating when you realize in the middle of the build that you are missing something. If you have all the parts, tools and supplies on hand, the actual build should take about 3-5 hours at the most. I built my second kegerator in a little over 2 hours.

DIY kegerator size

Kegerator size matters. The size is what you start with to define what is the best home kegerator for you. If you plan on dispensing 3 or more beers at a time, it’s best to build a large kegerator. A regular size fridge will fit 4 kegs. It’s a good option for a basement, but won’t look great in a dining room. Unless, of course, you are single or want to be single.

A keezer, a chest freezer kegerator, with a custom finish would work best as it can be made to look very attractive, doesn’t stand too tall, and can fit multiple kegs. For an average person, a small kegerator that fits two kegs is all that’s needed. The focus of my post will be just that, how to build a small kegerator. Though, the same idea applies to any fridge or freezer  you pick.

Picking the best keg fridge

As I implied above, the best keg fridge is the one that will cater to your specific needs. So, choose accordingly.

Assuming a 2-keg setup is what you are looking for, you will need to find a fridge that will fit 2 kegs. Some compact fridges will allow that, some won’t. When picking a compact fridge look for the following:

  • No freezer compartment
  • 4.4 cubic feet or larger
  • It’s a Danby designer compact, 4.4 cubic feet fridge

Yes, Danby fridges work really well for kegerator conversion and thousands of people use them. I have two DIY homemade kegerators built based on Danby compact refrigerators.

Danby fridges are also a good choice because they cheaper than many other brands and are commonly available. You can buy them new for less than $200, or used for around $100. The curious thing is, used standard size fridges cost less used than these compact fridges. At least, this has been my experience.

Best place to buy kegerator parts

In my experience local home brew stores are the worst places for that due to ridiculous prices. Reputable online sellers like Keg Works, Keg Connection and Midwest Home Brew Supplies are a good option. Amazon is a great place to buy too. I mostly buy parts from Amazon as when you factor in their free shipping and a no-questions-asked return and exchange policy where Amazon pays for return shipping, it wins most of the time in my book. The online retailers I mentioned above also sell their merchandise on Amazon.

Picking the right kegerator parts

When I say the right parts I don’t only mean the parts that will work, I mean the parts that will work well and won’t need to be upgraded soon after you build your kegerator and realize you’ve made a mistake.

1. A fridge that can fit two standard 5-gallon Cornelius kegs

For example, this Danby 4.4 Cubic Feet Compact Refrigerator:

Kegerator Bar Fridge Danby - | Taste of Artisan

Money saving tip

Look for these Danby fridges on Craigslist.com or Kijiji.ca if you are in Canada. You can get them practically new for around $100, sometimes less. The best time to buy is April-May. Guess why. (Answer: students are getting rid of them when moving out of dorms).

2. A kegerator CO2 tank

For example, this 5-lb Aluminum CO2 tank, or this 20-lb Aluminum CO2 tank:

Kegerator CO2 Tanks - | Taste of Artisan

Money saving tip

Go with the largest CO2 tank you can buy and live with. I started off with a 5-lb tank, progressed to 10 and 15-lb tanks and now have settled on two 20-lb CO2 tanks. It’s nice to keep the CO2 tank inside the kegerator, but only a 5-lb tank with the regulator attached will fit in the back if you have two kegs. Depending on how you use it, a 5-lb tank will last about 10-15 kegs, or even more according to this source here. A 20-lb tank will last 4 times that. That may translate into going to refill your tank once every 5-6 months vs every two years. 

The cost of refills should also be considered. The place where I refill my tanks charges $18.50 for a 5 lb tank, $22.50 for a 15 lb tank, and $25 for a 20 lb tank. I use a lot of CO2 as I also make carbonated water. For me it’s also a 30 minute drive each way. I figure with the cost savings I realize by switching to 20-lb CO2 tanks I will break even on investing in them in about 5 years. Not bad, but I wish I knew all this before I bought smaller tanks and then sold them at a loss.

3. A kegerator regulator

Such as this Taprite Regulator with WYE’d dual check Valves:

Kegerator CO2 Regulator - | Taste of Artisan

This regulator will allow feeding CO2 gas to two kegs at the exact same pressure. Alternatively, you can use this Taprite Dual Gauge High Performance Regulator:

Kegerator CO2 Regulator - | Taste of Artisan

To feed CO2 to two kegs with this regulator, you will need a device called a manifold or CO2 distributor, such as this 2 Way CO2 Distributor:

Kegerator CO2 Regulator Dual Manifold - | Taste of Artisan

With the regulator above and the manifold you will be able to carbonate two at the exact same pressure. This may be too limiting if you plan on having two different beers on tap that require different carbonation/serving pressures.

In that case, a Taprite T752HP Two Product Dual Pressure Kegerator CO2 Regulator will be a better alternative:

Kegerator Dual CO2 Regulator - | Taste of Artisan

Or you can go with a single pressure regulator chained to a 2-Way Secondary Regulator:

Kegerator Dual CO2 Regulator Secondary Regulator- | Taste of Artisan

Which way should you go? It depends on what components you already may have, and what you plan on doing in the future. If you think you may be expanding your system to 4 kegs or more, a dual pressure regulator will provide the most flexibility at the minimum price. If not sure, but now you want to carbonate and serve beers at different pressure levels, go with a single pressure regulator and a 2-way secondary regulator.

 4. A CO2 Air Tank Wrench

Like this Learn To Brew CO2 Air Tank Wrench:

5. A gas hose

Such as this high quality Gas/Air Hose, 5/16 ID, 9/16 OD:

Kegerator CO2 hose - | Taste of Artisan

You will need about 12 feet minimum with the CO2 tank on the outside, possibly more depending on your configuration and the distance to the CO2 tank.

6. Two gas ball lock quick disconnects

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer


There are good quality quick disconnects, like CMB Becker, made in Germany and assembled in USA, and there knock offs which tend to stick, leak, break prematurely and generally piss us, homebrewers, off. Don’t be cheap. Spend a few dollars more and get the quality stuff.

with two Barbed Swivel Nuts with 1/4″MFL connection to 5/16″ Barb:

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer


Be very careful buying these. 1/4″ MFL to 1/4″ barb are too thin for the 5/16″ gas line, even though descriptions try to (incorrectly) convince you that they are fine for 5/16″ inch lines. They are not. You need a 5/16″ barb for the 5/16″ ID gas line I linked above to fit perfectly.

7. Two liquid ball lock quick disconnects

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer

with two Barbed Swivel Nuts, 3/16″ ID:



Beer towers come with hex nut assemblies suited for commercial kegs. Like shown on the picture below.


What you will need to do is cut these hex nuts off and reconnect the beer lines to liquid ball lock quick disconnects mentioned above. The beer lines are 3/16″ ID. 1/4″ ID barbs will fit, I am using them, but it’s a super tight fit and you will need to push really hard to get those barbs fit in. A better approach would be to get quick disconnects with MFL (threaded) connectors and swivel nuts with 3/16″ barbs.

8. Two ball lock beer kegs

Like this AEB 5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg with Dual Rubber Handle or this 2-keg deal at a very good price:

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - Corny keg


AEB kegs are the highest quality kegs, made in Italy. I started off with 4 AEB kegs in 2009, and now I have a total of 6, adding another two just recently. I love them. They look great, the quality of craftsmanship is top-notch. 

When buying my last two kegs, I went with AMYCL, India made kegs. They look very similar to the AEB kegs on the picture and I fell for the cheaper price. When I saw them I immediately felt disappointed. The quality was just not there, the lid opening mechanism felt awkward. I packed them and immediately sent them back to Amazon. So, know what you are buying especially if you are new to this.

Money Saving Tip

Instead of buying new kegs you may want to buy reconditioned kegs for about half-price and save a bunch of money. Nothing wrong with that and many folks do that. Just be careful about what you are buying. Many reconditioned kegs come in poor shape and may not perform as expected.

9. A stainless steel dual tap tower

Like this awesome Kegco Double Faucet SS Draft Beer Tower w/Perlick 650SS Faucets.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer

Money saving tip

Beer line balancing to get a perfect beer flow without too much foam was my most frustrating beer dispensing experience. Calculating perfect line lengths, throwing out 5-foot long beer lines that came with the tower and buying new, longer ones… Then realizing the stock chrome plated faucets are junk and upgrading to stainless Perlick 630SS faucets, then finally upgrading to Perlick 650SS with flow control and getting rid of a mess of long beer lines inside the kegerator. What a waste of time, effort and hard earned money!

Granted, when I was just starting out 650SS’s did not exist. Now they do. Do yourself a favor, just buy a dual faucet tower with Perlick 650SS pre-installed from the get-go. This will save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run. You will thank me later.

10. A set of longer beer tower fastener bolts

Such as this Fastener Bolt Set for Draft Beer Towers from KegWorks.com (pictured below on the left). The bolts that come with towers are generally shorter than what you would need for the Danby fridge (pictured below on the right). From what I recall, people have had the same issue with other fridges, so keep that in mind.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts.

11. A Kegerator temeprature controller

Such as this Inkbird Pre-Wired Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller:

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Temperature controller PID.

This is a very welcome addition to my kegerator and I absolutely love it, especially for the price. I used to think that beer must be ice cold to be good. But, once you switch to drinking home-brewed craft beers you learn that different beer styles are best appreciated at specific temperatures, from 38F all the way to 55F. A digital temperature controller sure comes in handy for that.

12. A kegerator tower cooler (optional)

There are many solutions for chilling beer in the hoses that go inside the tower, from really inexpensive ones, such as using copper pipes, to using computer fan that blow air up the tower, to using uber expensive glycol chilled towers. I use neither and am quite happy with the results. You decide for yourself.

13. Beer mug rails (optional)

After a lot of search I settled on these beautiful LANSA stainless steel drawer handles from Ikea that look amazing on both of my kegerators. They come in pairs and you will need the 13″ (for the sides) and the 17″(for the back)  sets.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer mug glass rail.

Kegerator conversion kits – good or bad?

I see dozens of kegerator conversion kits sold everywhere. Should you go with a kit instead of buying parts separately? If you have to ask this question, go back and read my tips above. The answer will become obvious.

My recommendation is to forget about the kegerator conversion kits and buy quality parts separately. Kits are only attractive by their low price. The attraction ends there. Parts that go inside kits are usually low in quality and performance. They are designed to get people going at a lower price, but soon they all start feeling the limitations and start buying better parts.

Requred modifications, tools, materials and supplies

In this guide, I will use Danby 4.4 cubic feet compact fridge as an example. This should be very similar to other compact fridges.

Required modifications

  1. Drill a 2″ hole for the beer tower
  2. Drill 4 small holes for beer tower bolts
  3. Remove plastic shelves from the door as they will interfere with properly closing the door when the kegs are inside.

Optional modifications

  1. Drill a 7/8″ – 1″ hole for the gas line. Perhaps even two holes side by side depending on your needs (more on that later). This is needed if the CO2 tank will be kept outside the fridge.
  2. Drill 6 or more small holes in the fridge cover for the mug rails, if you are adding them
  3. Drill a 1/2″ hole for the drip tray, if you are adding it

As for the tools, material and supplies, this is what you will need:


  • An electric drill
  • A 2″ hole saw (don’t use a dull hole saw, it won’t cut through steel)
  • Drill bits
  • A Phillips screw driver
  • A utility knife
  • A spray bottle with soap water
  • Oetiker Standard Jaw Pincers

Additional materials and supplies:


It’s best to buy Oeticker stepless hose clamps in bulk as they are much cheaper that way. At my local homebrew store they are a buck a piece. And when you need them while changing the system configuration or fixing leaks and such, it’s nice to have them handy.

If your fridge is not a Danby that I am using as the example, do yourself a favor and check out your fridge’s schematics to make sure you don’t accidentally drill into some important stuff, like cooling lines or electric wires. Part Select is a good place to start.

Preparing the fridge for the build

All the pictures were taken after the fact, so they may not necessarily reveal all little details and intricacies. If something is not clear, just ask in the comment section at the bottom of the post.


Step 1 – move the fridge light assembly out of the way

  1. Unscrew two screws in the front of the assembly and one in the back.
  2. Pull whole assembly down and to the right.

The wires are rigid and it will stay put and out of the way from where you will be drilling. If you want to be more careful, disconnect and remove the assembly while you are drilling.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Step 1 - drill a 2" hole.

Step 2 – drill a 2″ hole for the beer tower

  1. Tape masking tape over the area where you will be drilling to avoid scratching the top
  2. Mark the center where you will be drilling. I centered the hole 5 inches from the back of the fridge. I did not remove the lid before drilling. You can center the hole about 5-1/4″ to 5-1/2″ from the back and still be fine. This will move the back tower fastener bolts away from cooling plate a little more and provide more space for the larger washers.
  3. Drill the hole from the top down. You will be drilling through plastic top, white foam board, steel sheet, insulation foam, then white plastic sheet. Cutting through steel is the most difficult part. Make sure to use a sharp hole saw.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Step 1 - drill a 2" hole.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Step 1 - drill a 2" hole.

Step 3 – drill 4 small holes for the beer fastening tower bolts

  1. Place your beer tower over the 2″ hole. Center and align as needed.
  2. With the beer tower in place, mark on the masking tape where the holes for the beer tower fastening bolts are.
  3. Drill the holes for the tower fastening bolts.

Step 4 – drill a 2″ hole and 4 small holes in the wood plank

  1. Remove the top from the fridge.
  2. Place a wood plank under the lid and mark where the holes you just drilled are
  3. Drill the same holes in the wood plank
  4. (Optionally) drill a hole for the drip tray, if installing

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Wood planks.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Wood planks.

Step 5 (optional) – attach rails to the top

  1. With the top off, drill the holes for the rails
  2. Attach the rails by fastening to the fridge top

Step 5 - clean up, tape the hole with aluminum tape, put the top back on With the top off, clean up the mess and smooth out rough edges. Align the wood plank with the holes in the fridge.

Step 6 – clean up, tape the hole with aluminum tape, put the top back on

  1. With the top off, clean up the mess and smooth out rough edges.
  2. Align the wood plank with the holes in the fridge.
  3. Re-attach the lid and fasten with screws
  4. Tape the sides of the hole with the silver tape

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Step 1 - drill a 2" hole.

Step 6 – Drill hole(s) for the gas lines

If you will be using a larger CO2 tank or just want to keep it outside the fridge, you will need to drill one or two holes (depending on your configuration) for your gas lines. Pictures below are my older and newer model of Danby 4.4 cubic fridge. If you are using a different fridge, you may have to drill elsewhere, depending on the schematics of that particular fridge.

  1. Drill the hole(s) over or near the drain hole, using a 1″ drill bit.
  2. Smooth out edges with sandpaper.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Gas Line Holes.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Gas Line Holes.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Gas Line Holes.

Step 7 – Remove plastic shelves from the door

The molded plastic shelves on the door will interfere with the closing of the door with two kegs inside the kegerator. There are three ways to deal with that.

  1. If you have an older version of the Danby fridge, you can simply unscrew the whole panel, replace it with a similar size sheet of plastic from Home Depot and be done with it.
  2. Cut the whole panel out around the door perimeter with a utility knife , then attach a similar size sheet of plastic from Home Depot.
  3. Cut out only the bumps that interfere with the closing of the door, then cover them with silicone caulk. I actually prefer this method. This way the light will still work otherwise you will have to remove the bulb or it will on all the time until the bulb burns out.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Remove door shelves.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Remove door shelves.

Step 8 – Cut off the shelf guides on the side walls (optional)

The newer Danby fridges have plastic shelf guides that stick out and make it very tight for two kegs to fit in. I did not bother shaving them off. Yes, it’s a tight fit but they still fit and it doesn’t bother me. If you want, cut them off with a utility knife and seal with silicone caulk.

Kegerator Assembly and Adjustment

Step 1 – install the tower

  1. Fasten the beer tower to the kegerator using the longer screws from KegWorks.com. Some people like to install a wood board on the inside for stability, but my approach work well for me and I’ve never had any tower stability problems.

A step by step guide on how to build a kegerator at home. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. Then, enjoyment for years to come.

How to build a kegerator - DIY homemade kegerator for dispensing beer - beer tower bolts. Step 1 - drill a 2" hole.

Step 2 – attach liquid quick disconnects

Step 3 – run gas lines and attach gas quick disconnects

  1. If the gas tank is outside the fridge, run gas line(s) through the hole(s) in the fridge.
  2. Connect gas line(s) to the CO2 regulator.
  3. Connect CO2 regulator to the manifold or secondary regulator, if using.
  4. Attach gas quick disconnects to the lines going to the kegs.

Example 1 – 4-way manifold

A step by step guide on how to build a kegerator at home. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. Then, enjoyment for years to come.

Example 2 – secondary regulator

A step by step guide on how to build a kegerator at home. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. Then, enjoyment for years to come.

A step by step guide on how to build a kegerator at home. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. Then, enjoyment for years to come.

Step 4 – connect CO2 tank to the CO2 regulator

  1. Using CO2 air tank wrench, connect CO2 regulator to the CO2 tank.

A step by step guide on how to build a kegerator at home. All you need is a bar fridge and a few kegerator parts. Then, enjoyment for years to come.

Step 5 – connect liquid and gas disconnects to the beer kegs

  1. Connect gas disconnects to filled up beer kegs.
  2. Connect liquid disconnects to filled up beer kegs.

Step 6 – turn on the system and adjust pressure

  1. Open the valve on the CO2 gas tank
  2. Adjust the pressure on the CO2 regulator to the desired level
  3. Test the system for leaks with soap water (very important!)

Step 7 – adjust flow control on the faucet

This is it, your homemade kegerator build is completed. It wasn’t too hard, was it?

Enjoy your beer!

This post was updated on January 26, 2019

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Polar December 30, 2019 - 3:38 pm


Thanks for the great post. We drink lots of carbonated water in our house and I would love to make this. Ideally I would like to keep the fridge in the basement and run a line up to the kitchen. What issues do you see with having a long line run?

Thanks for your help.

Victor @ Taste of Artisan December 30, 2019 - 3:50 pm

The only issue I see is the amount of water in the line between the fridge and the tap getting warm. I would try to make the line as short as possible and insulate it well. That will minimize the impact. Frequent use (drinking) will also help with that. The carbonation level will not be affected.

Polar December 30, 2019 - 7:05 pm


That is what I thought might be the issue. Have a great new year!


Victor @ Taste of Artisan December 30, 2019 - 9:22 pm

No problem. Have a great New Year too!

Cody Smith June 19, 2019 - 9:14 pm

I have purchased a new Danny 4.4 cu ft fridge. DCR044A2WDD. It has an all steel top. If I use your measurements for the 2″ hole for the tower, do you think I will be ok? I was hoping to have Canadian on tap but I believe it is only available in the 58.5L size. I have already bought a keg tap. Do you know if it will fit inside or should I plan to find a beer in the 20l size I like?

Victor @ Taste of Artisan June 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm

Cody, are you referring to the steel sheet under the plastic cover on the top of the fridge? If so, both my kegerator fridges have those. I had to drill through steel. The design seems similar.

Now, I checked your your model online and it shows that it has a freezer section. If yours does too, it’s a whole new challenge there. It will be very hard, maybe impossible, to make it work.

To fit a 58.5L keg you will need a pre-made kegerator, like this one.

Cody Smith June 21, 2019 - 3:26 pm

I originally saw this conversion https://youtu.be/gnKJ8cHcuKg . The freezer is held into place with 4 small screws, so it’s easily removed. I noticed the thermostat sensor slides into the bottom of the freezer. I would relocate it out of the way on the top. It’s looking like I’ll have to find a beer I like in the 20L size. I’m ok with that.

Victor @ Taste of Artisan June 21, 2019 - 5:47 pm

That seems easy enough. Best of luck with the conversion.

Alex May 30, 2019 - 7:47 pm

Hi, I am planning to add a triple secomday regulator to my Danby. I think with the slim torpedo kegs I’ll be able to add a third keg. I wanted to ask how you mounted your regulator on the cold plate. is it just some large paper clamps and some S hooks? Would love to know more! Thanks

Victor @ Taste of Artisan May 31, 2019 - 3:02 pm

Hi Alex, yes, I used large paper clips and ‘S’ hooks. I am sure there are more elegant solutions but this one works fine for me.

Brian February 27, 2019 - 2:54 am

Is it possible to fit 3 kegs in the Danby fridge if the CO2 is outside the fridge? Is it not advisable to have the CO2 outside? Our family goes through a ton of carbonated water so I can see the need for having 2 kegs so I don’t have to wait the 2 days to carbonate but I’d also like a keg of beer on tap. Thanks.

Taste of Artisan March 13, 2019 - 5:42 pm


it won’t matter if it’s in or out. There is not enough space in it to fit in three kegs.

Is it advisable to keep co2 outside? No. I have not seen any evidence that supports that. Initially, I kept mine inside the keg too and only moved it out so I could add a second keg.

Now, beer and carbonated water… I think you should plan on getting a second kegerator. Likewise, my family goes through a lot of water, a keg every two-three days in summer now. I barely keep up with refilling them but we always have carbonated water. It’s not possible with one keg. You can read about my water kegerator here. I though I could beer and water in one but ended up with two kegerators.

Steve October 27, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Thanks so much for this guide, this is exactly what I was looking for! Since this is for daily drinking of water, any thoughts on filtering the CO2? It seems hard to find much information on beverage/food grade CO2, all the CO2 suppliers I talked to don’t seem to do any cleaning procedures for the food grade CO2 refills.


victor October 27, 2018 - 10:04 pm

Steve, I never had this problem so I know nothing about purifying CO2. The product that you linked seems legit and should do the job. Kind of expensive but hey, it will pay for itself times and times again. We here go through a keg of water every 3-4 days, a couple of days in summer. I’d go broke if I had to buy it at the store.

Whereabouts are you? Perhaps you missed the right place for food grade CO2. Here in Toronto we have a big supplier of food grade CO2, beer gas, oxygen, helium and other gases that supplies the whole city. There are probably others but I know this one is very reliable and inexpensive. Every food retailer needs CO2, so there’s got to be something where you live. I used to work at Wendys’ as a student. We served pop out of machines that had syrup mixed with carbonated water at the time of dispensing. The water was carbonated by CO2 tanks. They’ve got to be filled somewhere locally otherwise it would get very expensive. You must have one of those. They would be advertised as servicing restaurants. Like this one in Toronto – http://www.camcarb.com/.

Steven Gorski October 31, 2018 - 12:28 am

Good point. I did some digging, and found a beverage grade CO2 place in my area (San Diego). I just had bad luck with some welding shops that claimed it was beverage grade but didn’t have any certifications to prove it. I read online somewhere that a true beverage grade CO2 canister would be glass-lined for the cleaning of it between fills, but I could not find anyone selling those so I’m not sure if that is a thing.

victor October 31, 2018 - 7:07 am

I would certainly avoid welding shops. I know many guys who brew beer at home use them but that doesn’t mean it’s a good choice. I’ve never heard about about glass-lined CO2 tanks and cleaning in between fills. Frankly, this sounds like a nonsense to me as it would drive the cost of refills sky high.

I don’t know if you’ve got your CO2 tank/tanks yet, but if you haven’t, you may want to consider getting a couple of 20lb tanks like I did. Not sure about your situation, but my CO2 place charges per refill plus a small markup for the size. Refilling a 10lb-er costs only something like $17.50, 15lb-er – $20, and a 20lb-er – $22.50. I started with a 10 and 15 lb tanks a long time ago when began brewing hard cider, then when I added water carbonation I had to refill tanks much more often. I figured the new tanks will pay for themselves within a few years, considering cost savings on refills, and the gas cost to drive back and forth more often. You can get away with one tank but when you run out you must go and refill the same day.

John October 11, 2018 - 11:14 am

Hi, I’m just exploring the idea of building a kegerator, and your design and instructions are the best I’ve seen. I would like mine to have two taps, one for beer and the other for carbonated water. Can I do this? Would I have to have separate co2 bottles and other separate parts?

victor October 11, 2018 - 11:51 am

Hi John, thank you for the compliment about kegerator guide. Yes, you sure can but with some limitations.

Limitation 1 – you will have to have your water and beer at the same temperature. If you like your beer cold, that’s not a biggie. You’d typically want about 38F for light beer. You can go a couple of degrees lower.
Limitation 2 – when you run out of water, you will need to refill the keg and wait for two days for it to carbonate. That’s the reason I run a two-keg kegerator for water only. Read about it here: https://ifoodblogger.com/how-to/make-carbonated-water/

Other than that, it’s very simple. You will only need one CO2 tank. You will need a dual Dual Pressure Kegerator CO2 Regulator (described in the post), one will carbonate your water at say 40PSI and the other one will be for your beer (8-10PSI). No need for other parts. If you happened to already have a single pressure regulator, you’d want to add a 2-Way Secondary Regulator (also described in the post) to supply different pressures to different kegs. That’s all.

labib April 29, 2018 - 6:16 pm

Hi Vic,

First off, thanks for putting your guide together. It’s incredibly detailed and has given me the confidence to go forward with my project.

I plan to follow your instructions to build a seltzer only kegerator.
In the homebrew community, I see discussions around keg sanitization with Star-san or some other cleaning product.

If I’m using brand new kegs, do you think this is necessary?

victor April 29, 2018 - 6:45 pm

You don’t need a sanitizer for water carbonation, sanitizer (basically an acid) is used when brewing beer to prevent harmful bacteria from getting inside and feasting on beer when it’s added. I would only clean the keg to remove any manufacturing residue. If you have PBW, use that, it’s a very good cleaner. If you don’t use a some kind of mild soap and rinse multiple times.

Marko June 17, 2017 - 8:14 am

Hey Vic,

thanks for the comprehensive guide. I built a kegerator following your design and could not be happier with it. Just tapped a keg and all is good. Now, I am only using CO2 but I am thinking of adding a one nitro tap, similar to what I see on your picture at the top. Do you think it’s worth it?

victor June 17, 2017 - 8:18 am

Good to hear, Marco. Yes, Nitro is totally worth it. I like malty beers and they all benefit from Nitro – love the cascading effect and the velvety-smooth mouth feel it lends to beer. I could never go back. Now, light beers are a different story – not much benefit there.

Mark November 16, 2016 - 8:36 am

This is by far the most detailed and thoughtful kegerator build guide I’ve seen. Thanks a lot. A quick question. What is the thickness of the wood planks that you used? Does the length of the planks matter? I am building my first ever kegerator this weekend and want to make sure I’ve got everything I need.

victor November 16, 2016 - 10:02 pm

I used 3/8″ thick planks and they were the exact same thickness as the foam board that used to be there. The length does not matter, you just need to cover most of the area, that’s all. Good luck with your build.