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Setting Up a New Kegerator


Kegerator Transport and Delivery
Kegerators usually arrive via freight or ground and require pickup from a local parcel center. Most home use kegerators weigh around 100 lbs, so they are easy to lift for an average sized person with the help of a hand truck or dolly. Free shipping on kegerators has made online purchasing of these large appliances worthwhile.

Kegerator Transport and Delivery

Opening Ceremonies
Once the kegerator has reached its destination, open the top end first. Locate the back side of the kegerator and slice the cardboard open with a box knife on a rear side, being careful not to hit the side walls or coils of the kegerator. Remove all of the foam packing materials and plastic wraps.

Opening Ceremonies

Kegerator Inspection
After you have opened up the kegerator and removed all of the packaging inside, inspect all of the walls, coils, casters, and other kegerator accessories that you find in the packaging for any defects or damages. If any of your parts are damaged then you should contact the manufacturer of the kegerator immediately.

Kegerator Inspection

Kegerator Parts and Tools
Lay out all the contents from the boxes contained in the kegerator shipping box, so you can verify that everything you need has been included. Read in the kegerator manual to see what tools you will need (philips head screwdriver, faucet wrench) and gather them at this point.

Kegerator Parts and Tools

Tower Installation
Locate the tower gasket, screws and tower for assembly. Place the gasket over the airflow hole in the top of the refrigerator until the pre-drilled screw holes line up. Thread the tower beer line down through the airway hole and tighten the tower in place making sure not to over tighten and damage the gasket.

Tower Installation

Installing the Guardrail
Place the guardrail on the vinyl or stainless steel work top and line up the rail over the pre-drilled screw holes. Tighten down the guardrail with the provided screws, but be careful not to over tighten or you will strip the screws and the guardrail with be loose and unstable.

Installing the Guardrail

Regulator Setup
Attach the air line hose to the bottom nipple of the regulator.(Yea, we said nipple.) Make sure you have a hose clamp already on so you can slip it up over the connection and tighten it down until firmly secure. Again this is an area you do NOT want to over tighten. Over tightening here can cause a split in the line and air leaks.

Regulator Setup

Securing the co2 Tank
Place the co2 tank either in its holder on the inside of the kegerator or on the back of the kegerator you might have an air tank holder. Tighten down the air tank or latch the tank in place. Note: The co2 tank is under a large amount of pressure so you do not want it rolling around in the kegerator.

Securing the co2 Tank

Seals and Line Clamps
Locate the proper seals and clamps for attaching the beer line wing connector to the coupler. Place the seal inside the wing connection to guarantee a proper seal when dispensing draft beer out of the kegerator.

Seals and Line Clamps

Attaching the Coupler
Attach the air line (red) to the angled nipple on the coupler and secure with an air line clamp. Next attach the beer line to the top of the coupler and secure with another line clamp of the same kind. Follow the same tightening rules as before.

Attaching the Coupler

Tap the Keg
Place the coupler inside the opening of the keg and turn the coupler clockwise until it locks into place. Once the coupler is in place press down on the lever to open the keg up. See our detailed instructions on how to tap a keg.

Tap the Keg

Tightening the Faucet
Grab the kegerator faucet and faucet wrench (usually provided) and insert the wrench into the holes on the faucet collar. Turn clockwise until tightened, keeping the faucet lined up vertical. Attach the tap handle on the threaded screw to complete the faucet assembly.

Tightening the Faucet

Adjust the Temperature
Depending on the kegerator model you will want to set your kegerator to reach temperatures between 34 and 38 degrees F. Most kegerators on the market today provide an auto-defrost feature which should keep the unit from freezing up, but you will want to watch how your kegerator reacts to certain temperature levels. Get a thermometer to measure the temperature if the kegerator does not have one built-in.

Adjust the Temperature

Plug it In
This is a tough one! Plug your kegerator into an outlet preferably close to a BBQ grill.

Plug it In

Enjoy Draft Beer
One final step is to clean the beer lines and faucet with a kegerator cleaning kit before you serve your first beer. Once clean, enjoy draft beer on tap with your friends and family.

Enjoy Draft Beer

Published On: Friday, April 25, 2008

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