Because everyone loves cast iron pipe, wine barrels and most importantly – beeeeeer.
I gave up 1/4 of my refrigerator to house a single keg, offering either beer or soda water up at any given time. I was tired of the mess, the hassle, the limitations, and most importantly I wanted my chiller section back.
This is the best 'before' picture I have (had to crop out my kids) … it was just a blank wall. Important to note a kegerator or second fridge would not be very attractive or space conscious here.
I commissioned this part. Had a very talented barrel worker refinish a 36" barrel for me with a 3.5" false back and shelving.
Because who doesn't love flip flops accenting DIY project photos.
Measure twice cut once, right? Drilled a pilot hole very carefully to make sure we weren't going to hit any ducts or plumbing in the basement ceiling.
Getting ready to take it for a test drive before
Figuring out the pieces and parts like a jig saw. This was me debating whether or not to include the shank cover
Building my own trunk line. Two lines for beer and a looped line for the glycol to keep my beer and soda cold.
My biggest mistake – not having enough tubing at the top. It worked out but it was too tight for comfort
Secure the tank with an old belt attached to the fridge. The last thing I need is the regulator falling over and breaking
The poor mans glycol system – reservoir with pond pump, food safe antifreeze pumping through the loop up into the tower and back
Note: I used the wrong antifreeze here. Flushed the system and went and bought the pink stuff instead. Can't be too safe!
My next piece of the puzzle is to build a platform for the kegs – if they were 9 inches higher I could fit 4 instead of 2.