Homemade Keg Tap

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Homemade Keg Tap
Homemade keg taps can be installed on most refrigerators. (bar equipment image by Kostyantyn Ivanyshen from Fotolia.com)

Getting a keg with a subpar hand pump can lead to a disappointing night of beer drinking. It is possible to insert a keg tap into a small refrigerator and get a similar result to a draft beer poured at your favourite bar or restaurant. Home-brewing websites and stores stock the needed supplies, and a hardware store will have all of the necessary tools.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1-inch hole saw
  • 3-inch hole saw
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Long nose pliers
  • Level
  • Rotary saw or hand saw
  • Electric drill
  • Kegs
  • CO2 tank with regulator
  • Coupler
  • Beer lines
  • CO2 lines
  • 1 to 4 beer taps
  • Tower
  • Drip tray
  • Draft spigot
  • Shank
  • Draft spigot handle
  • Half-sized, top-opening refrigerator

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  1. 1

    Assemble all your tools and supplies. The supplies can be purchased at a home-brewing store or online at home-brewing websites.

  2. 2

    Clean and prepare the refrigerator. Remove all drawers, shelves and dividers from the fridge, then sanitise the inside.

  3. 3

    Ensure that the fridge is level on the ground, or build a platform that is level.

  4. 4

    Drill all necessary holes and insert the spigots. Drill a centred 1/8-inch pilot hole through the fridge door to fit the shank. Then drill a 1-inch shank hole in the outside of the door for the faucet and a larger 2- to 3-inch hole on the inside of the door. Place the shank into this hole against the outside, and tighten the nut on the inside of the door.

  5. 5

    Install the drip tray. Line up the mounting bracket, mark the holes and drill them. Check the screws of your tray, and use the necessary screwdriver to adhere the tray to the fridge under the spigots.

  6. 6

    Hook up the beer and CO2 lines, flush with water, then sanitise them. Tighten all clamps, and set the CO2 regulator to seven to 12 PSI.

  7. 7

    Hook up the keg to the lines and test the beer's foam. Pour yourself a beer.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider purchasing a beer line cleaning kit when getting supplies. You will have to learn how to clean out the beer lines, and it is a good idea to clean the lines before you install them.

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