Tracking How Many Beers You Drank Just Got (Scary) Awesome

I know that I drank four homemade IPAs last night from my home kegerator. I also know how many ounces were poured, who poured them, what time they poured them, how much beer is left in the keg and I received a badge (I think Edward Forty Hands) in the app for being awesome. This is how drinking beer with the Brewskey kegerator monitor works. It’s scary awesome.

“It tracks EVERYTHING. You can’t hide from it. You can only revel in the data.”

– said that guy by the office kegerator.

Kegerator level monitors and gadgets to track how much beer is left in your keg have been around for awhile. If you wanted to install a tracking systems in the past you had to be fairly knowledgeable with open source Arduino programming and install specialized equipment. Systems like KegBot were popular (but required a dedicated tablet and a lot of programming know-how). Those days are over. All you need now is a basic smartphone (with app), some flow sensors and a control box.

Two companies are working hard to make tracking your kegerator pours on any home kegerator a breeze. KegTron and Brewskey both make installation very simple and have some cool features that set them apart from each other. I got a first-look at both the systems to find out for myself.

KEGTRON

First up is the Kegtron wireless monitor. It is a small box with integrated flow sensors and controller board. I like that everything is self contained and if you needed to get inside you could with a few screws removed. Setup only took a few minutes after downloading the app, naming the local Kegtron and choosing the keg size. They have various keg sizes to choose from and you can also enter in a custom size.

I spliced the kegtron into my kegerator beer tube and poured a brew. It was that simple. The app tells you how many drinks you have left in the keg. It doesn’t try to do too much. It is like having a fuel gauge for your kegerator. They have single and double tap models available, but you can pair multiple together if you have a large tap wall.

The Kegtron box is waterproof and can be mounted on the interior wall of the kegerator. Simply plug in the power adapter and it lives inside your kegerator and out of the way. The iOS and Android apps easily accommodate the home beer lover and the tap room. It’s ready to track on a single tap kegerator or a wall of twenty taps.

Available at Kegtron.com


BREWSKEY

The brewskey system is anything but simple and I’m not saying this in a negative way. Brewskey is a cloud based, feature-rich kegerator monitoring system that has the ability to monitor keg levels, track pours and show a leaderboard of the current imbibers and their usage. The Brewskey can add a level of security to home kegerators or a commercial bar tap wall. Permissions can be set to only allow pouring for approved users. This would come in handy to keep kegerator thieves in check or keep your kids out of the kegerator.

You earn badges and reach new kegerator levels of awesome as you try new beer styles or tap a new keg. It also has a leaderboard with user tracking so you and your friends know who is putting the largest dent in the keg.

     

Brewskey updates automatically over wifi with the latest enhancements and fixes. When you pour a beer the Brewskey lights up green and the pour tracking begins. The number of ounces being poured is viewable on the control box that sits on the counter next to the tap.

Brewskey is in beta testing and should be ready for purchase very soon. You can see the packages they offer over at Brewskey.com or watch their video below for more info on how it works.

Cinco De Mayo Kegerator Sale: 10% Off Keg King, $25 Off EdgeStar

We are excited about Cinco De Mayo here at the Kegerators.com office. It is one of those holidays where the kegerator can become the center of attention. Put your favorite Mexican lager on draft or fill up a keg with margarita mix and tequila and watch the party get loco. We even slap on a magnet mustache and wrap the fridge in a pancho. In honor of this required day of fiesta, we have some great kegerator sale specials for you to assist in the Buenos Tiempos.

DEAL #1

Keg King has quickly become one of the most popular kegerators in the Kegerators.com market. With high quality faucets, a tower cooling fan and front digital temperature controls it’s not a mystery why they are killing it. Keg King has activated an EXCLUSIVE 10% OFF COUPON on all their units from now until midnight May 5. You won’t find this deal anywhere else, so don’t miss out. You can save $70 on this Keg King triple tap kegerator with flow control Intertap faucets.

DEAL #2

Another great home use kegerator is the EdgeStar. They have been the go to kegerator for many years and still offer some great features at an affordable price. EdgeStar currently has a $25 OFF KEGERATOR COUPON that can be used on units over $500. If you are looking at grabbing one of the EdgeStar units make sure you use the coupon. Every little bit helps right?

You should also check out the scratch and dent units and open box kegerators. You can use the $25 off coupon on those too!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Brew Dog Turns 11

The first post ever made on the Kegerator Blog over 11 years ago was to welcome home our new Golden Retriever puppy. Guess what, he is still here and yes he does love draft beer. He still doesn’t retrieve.

He has changed a little since his first appearance, but he still has the same attitude and wild personality. In hindsight I should have named him HOPS. He never sits still and literally hops on anyone who comes in the door. We all still love you Brew Dog. Happy Birthday buddy.

So what is Brew’s favorite beer? He is no craft beer snob. The dude would drink anything put in front of him. I’ve never actually given him more than a tablespoon of any beer (poor guy) but has become partial to Bowser beer. It’s a no alcohol, no hop, broth-like bev in bottle. He goes crazy for it.

Brew’s favorite travel destination has to be South Lake Tahoe where he runs and plays in the cold water of the lake, chases teet mice up trees and barks at the locals (bears, birds, rude people).

When he’s not on vacay he is busy at work assisting in the homebrew operations at Homebrewing.com and keeping the world’s supply of peanut butter in balance.

5 New Foam Control Products to Help You Pour Better Beer From Your Kegerator

If you have a draft beer dispenser (kegerator) in your home or business you probably have experienced moments where the beer foam is out of control.  You clean your lines and scrub your faucets like a good barkeep should. So why do you still have so much foaming? This is always a tricky one to answer without knowing all the information about the kegerator setup.

Excessive beer foam can be caused by so many different things ranging from temperature swings, escaping CO2 during transport, dirty beer lines, wrong pressure setting, beer line length, temperature or hardware failure. I’ve heard and seen just about every problem you can have regarding kegerator beer foam issues.

Because foaming is such a huge problem for the average kegerator owner, companies are creating products to allow more control of the beer flow and help you solve that foam issue for good. Here’s 5 new foam control devices to help control your kegerator.

Flow Control Kegerator
The Keg King 3 Tap Flow Control Kegerator

 

Keg King Flow Control Kegerator

Keg King Flow Control Kegerator

Keg King has integrated flow restricting faucets into a new line of flow control kegerators. You set your CO2 tank pressure to the highest level based on the temperature and level of carbonation needed using our carbonation chart and then use each faucet’s flow controller as a secondary regulator to dispense beer at different flow rates. These Keg King kegerators also have a built-in tower chilling fan to keep temperatures balanced inside the refrigerator chamber and the draft tower.

 

Inline Flow Control Secondary Regulator

Inline Flow Control Secondary Regulator

Another new product that will achieve basically the same level of control is an inline flow control secondary regulator paired with an inline CO2 regulator gauge. This is a good option if you already have (and are happy with) beer faucets and don’t need to invest in expensive flow control faucet replacements.

 

Kegerator Flow Control Shank Adapter

Kegerator Flow Control Shank Adapter

You can also control and restrict flow using a new adaptor that mounts between the shank and faucet. The kegerator flow control shank adapter can change any faucet into a flow control faucet. The flow is adjusted using an Allen wrench and then is locked in place, so this is a more permanent solution with less ability to adjust on the fly.

 

Draft Tower Chiller Sleeve

Draft Tower Chiller Sleeves

Most kegerators are not equipped with a draft tower cooling fans to keep cold air blowing into the draft tower. If the beer lines extending into the tower are not cooled, they become a few degrees warmer and CO2 escapes causing more foam than wanted during the pour. The draft tower cooling sleeve paired with a tower chilling fan will reduce excessive foaming caused by temperature swings. It’s like a coozie for your tower and it will insulate and reduce condensation.

 

In-Line Flow Control Restrictor

In-Line Flow Control Restrictor

Add the perfect amount of restriction to any beer line to reduce foam with the In-Line Flow Control Restrictor. Eliminates the need for flow control in the faucet itself. Great for use inline with varying levels of carbonation. The biggest advantage to using one of these is that you can use shorter beer lines and still have perfect restriction or use larger ID lines and adjust as necessary.

 

Beer Line Length Calculator

Beer Line Length Calculator

Old dirty beer lines are a very common problem for foamy beer pours, but sometimes the length of the beer line is the issue. If you are looking to replace your beer lines and want to calculate the perfect length use the beer line length calculator.

Black Friday Kegerator Deals

These deals have expired. – Check current open box, scratch and dent and sale kegerators for the latest pricing.

Let’s just get right to it. The Edgestar Craft Beer Kegerator – 5 Gallon is selling new for $339 with Free Shipping. You can also get an OPEN BOX version of this one for $260.99 with coupon code: CYBERSALE. This is the best BLACK FRIDAY kegerator deal we have come across so far today. Check the main (Kegerator Deals page for the most recent coupons and discount codes.) You can also, save 15% on your First Order With the Build.com Credit Card.

The Arctic King Kegerator is on Rollback for $284.99 delivered.

Next, we have the highly rated and recommended Edgestar Slim Kegerator. A few options for this one.

NEW – $379 with free shipping
SCRATCH and DENT – $299.99 with free shipping

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Massive Price Reduction on Edgestar Kegerators (+ Bonus Savings)

Edgestar (made by Build.com) has just dropped the prices on their entire line of kegerators. We are seeing drops as large as 48% off retail price. This is ahead of normal Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and can be bundled with our current exclusive coupon for an additional $25 off at checkout if you spend over $500.

An example of savings on the 20″ Wide Edgestar Kegerator KC2000 series

Normally: $399.00
Black Friday Deal: $379.00
SCRATCH & DENT DEAL: $315.99

Normally: $449.00
Black Friday Deal: $429.00
OPEN BOX DEAL: $339.99

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Put Anything on Tap with Kegco Kegerators

Kegco Kegerators now has over 50 different variations of kegerator to choose from for your home or business. You can dispense beer, wine, coffee or kombucha with a specialized Kegco kegerator. They have diversified the appliance line to include affordable home units with basic features, but also have not ignored the need for durable commercial grade units for high traffic environments like bars, hotels, brewpubs and restaurants.

First, let’s take a look at the popular Kegco residential kegerators and what they can dispense.

Meet the Residential Kegco Kegerators

Kegco Beer Kegerator Kegco Homebrew Kegerator Kegco Guiness Kegerator Kegco Javarator Kombucharator
Beer Homebrew Guinness (Stout) Cold Brew Coffee Kombucha

The standard line of home Kegco Kegerators has you covered to dispense basically any beverage you can imagine on tap. Water, sake, tea, beer, wine, soda, mead, cider, coffee… you get the idea, Kegco kegerators are versatile. All the units include a complete tapping kit to match the beverage, a large spacious interior to hold full sized kegs or multiple homebrew kegs and an external air tank mount to allow more space in the unit for beverage chilling.

Meet the Digital Residential Kegco Kegerators

Beer Homebrew Javarator (Coffee) Kombucharator

If the basic line of Kegco Kegerators isn’t enough for you, upgrade to the larger digital units featuring an LCD temperature display, stainless steel draft tower and integrated drip tray. These kegerators feature the widest temperature range of any kegerator on the market, which can be set as low as 32 degrees for ice cold beer or as high as 75 for use as a fermentation chamber when home-brewing your own beer. This is our top pick if you are looking for a solid HOMEBREW KEGERATOR that has been tested and used by actual homebrewers.

Meet the Commercial Kegco Kegerators

Commercial Indoor Kegerators

   
Kegco
Indoor Commercial 1 Tap
Kegco
Indoor Commercial 2 Tap
Kegco
Indoor Commercial 3 Tap

Kegco HK38 kegerators are capable of being used free standing or built-in. Enjoy up to 3 taps to dispense any beverage you need. Every kegerator in this series is equipped with a security lock, stainless steel door and drip tray, and powerful forced air cooling technology. Each kegerator comes with shelves that can be used to convert the refrigerator into a working mini fridge if needed. The HK38’s digital temperature display easily adjusts and views the set temperature. You can toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit, or turn the interior light on and off with the push of a button.

Commercial Outdoor Kegerators

Kegco
Outdoor Commercial 1 Tap
Kegco
Outdoor Commercial 2 Tap
Kegco
Outdoor Commercial 3 Tap

The outdoor rated HK38s have the same features as the indoor HK38 models, but they are built with weather resistance in mind. Complete exterior stainless steel housing, stainless steel draft tower and faucets, sealed components, and a corrosion resistant CO2 tank will keep the units running for many years of service.

Kegerators.com Awards Kegco “Best Kegerator” Brand of 2017.

Congratulations KEGCO!

Kegco has improved their entire kegerator appliance line with more choices for more types of beverage dispensing than any other manufacturer currently on the market. After reviewing hundreds of kegerator units for home and business, Kegerators.com has chosen Kegco as the 2017 Best Kegerator Brand. Their customer service, warranty claims process, pricing and selection is by far the best in the industry.

Feel confident you are buying a kegerator that will last when you choose a Kegco Kegerator.

Building your own kegerator? Kegerators.com also has a diverse selection of kegerator kits to choose from.

 

Other Kegco Products You Might Be Interested in

 Universal Commercial Kegerator Cover

Universal Commercial Kegerator Cover

LCD Display and Kegerator Thermostat Controller

LCD Display and Kegerator Thermostat Controller

Deluxe Beer Line Cleaning Kit - Hand Pump

Deluxe Beer Line Cleaning Kit – Hand Pump

Dual Zone Kegerators Are Here!

Introducing the Micro-Matic Dual Zone Kegerator. Finally, a kegerator that gives beer connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts more control over serving temperatures when you have multiple beverages on tap.

This is a much needed addition to the kegerator choices on the market today. There are many different applications where having two separate temperature zones can be useful.

Out of the box, these units are configured to control two zones for red and white wine. The specs state that these units can hold white wines in zone 1 at 42-48 F and red wines in zone 2 at 55-65 F. I called to confirm that these temperature ranges could be adjusted outside those stated in the specs and Micro-Matic responded that…

“Each zone’s temperature setting can be overridden and set to what ever temperature you desire. The temperature ranges listed in the specs are a preset for wine dispensing, but they can be adjusted to colder settings for other beverages such as beer.”
~Micro-Matic

This is good news for homebrewers and beer drinkers wanting to dispense different styles at home. Homebrewers can actually use one side as a fermentation chamber ( for yeast starters, primary/secondary fermentation, cold crashing, diacetyl rests, conditioning) and the other side for dispensing. For those of us always wanting two or more beers on tap, the option to adjust temperatures for different beer styles gets very exciting. You can serve your Lagers, Kolsch and Wits at an ice cold temperature on one side and your Pale Ales, Porters and IPAs closer to cellaring temperatures on the other.

These dual zone kegerators are built with commercial grade materials and are extremely durable. The 1-1/2″ thick top, floor and side walls are foamed in place with high density, CFC-free polyurethane to keep temperatures stable. Below is a test done on each zone to show the liquid and air temperature changes over time.

It has a four keg capacity and can be used for beer, wine or whatever you have in the keg. You can buy these dual zone kegerators as a base fridge and build from there or buy them with up to 4 faucet towers. They come with permanently mounted casters and feature an 18 gauge stainless steel top, 22 gauge solid doors, 24 gauge steel front, sides and back. Ventilation is in the back of the unit, so the noise is low.

These Pro-Line Micro-Matic kegerators aren’t cheap and they have good reason to not be. They are built with commercial grade materials. They even have a 4 year warranty on the compressor. Consider the costs of buying separate units and equipment if you are trying to dispense wine or beer at different temperatures. This may be to kegerator you have been looking for. If not, maybe your garage is looking for this kegerator.

The Kegerator Your Garage Has Been Looking For

Your garage is lonely. It’s been longing for a companion. Someone who knows it. Someone who shares the same interests and who can just relax and have a beer. Well, your garage is in luck because the Summit Diamond Plated Kegerator can be built in to your garage cabinetry and blend right in next to the tool chest. You will wonder where it’s been all your life.

With so many different ways to diamond plate up items for your garage, this kegerator should feel right at home along side the skull and drink coasters.

The Summit diamond plated kegerators come in single or double faucet tap configurations as well as freestanding and build-in ready models. They feature a digital temperature display and thermostat control for a perfectly chilled beer.

 

These units are full sized kegerators, which means they can hold full sized kegs (also called half-barrels) or multiple 1/4 or homebrew kegs. The CO2 bottle mounts inside on the shelf and is supported with a strap. Do yourself (and your garage a solid) and pick up one of these kegerators to complete your life.

Introducing the uKeg™ Handheld Kegerator for Fresh Beer

Instantly turn any draft beer source into a portable handheld kegerator. With vacuum insulated stainless steel and a pressurization cap your beer stays deliciously cold, brewery fresh, and perfectly carbonated. The uKeg, by GrowlerWerks,  allows you to share your favorite beer or homebrew with your friends, straight from your refrigerator, ice cave, frozen pond or favorite beer cooler.

The uKeg is available in 128 oz and 64 oz sizes. It comes in stainless steel or a bright copper-plated finish. Like most growlers on the market today, these are durable, double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel, but they have a CO2 regulator cap with customizable tap handle and gauge. Easy to carry, the uKeg is outfitted with a brass carrying handle and comes with two 16 gram or 8 gram CO2 cartridges depending on the size.


64 oz. Copper Kegerator Growler


128 oz. Copper Kegerator Growler


128 oz Stainless Steel Kegerator Growler


64 oz. Kegerator Growler