There's nothing like having your own tap that dispenses fresh, cold beer--- a luxury typically only found in bars. Having your own beer tap is perfect for home entertainment or for times when you just want to relax with a cold beer after work. Installing a beer tap is pretty easy. You must, however, have a way to keep the beer keg cold. Beer kegs can be purchased from your local beer and wine store. There is usually a deposit fee of around £9 for the keg with the price of the beer varying by brewer and keg size.
Choose a place you would like to install your beer tap. There must be a room or closet on the other side of the wall where the tap will be installed. This room will house the refrigerator and CO2 tank necessary to keep the keg cold.
Drill a hole all the way through the wall. Slide a wooden rod through the hole to the other side. Mark on the rod where the wall begins in each room. Measuring the distance between the marks will provide you with the width of the wall.
Purchase a Kegerator Conversion Kit. This kit can be found online for between £65 and £104. The kit should come with one faucet, tubing for the beer line, a lever handle tapper with beer line and carbon dioxide (C02) spout, CO2 line assembly, a CO2 regulator, aluminium CO2 tank and one beer-shank. The length of the shank must be longer then the width of your wall.
Enlarge the wall hole, with your drill, so that your beer-shank will fit through it comfortably. Each shank is a little different in width, so it is best to wait to adjust the hole until you actually have the shank in hand.
Purchase a refrigerator large enough to hold a quarter- to a half-barrel size keg.
Drill a hole through the door of the refrigerator, while the refrigerator is unplugged. The directions that come with the Kegerator Kit will specify the size of the hole needed.
Cut a hole in the side of the refrigerator, while the refrigerator is unplugged. This will be for the CO2 line. The Kegerator Conversion Kit should specify the width of the hole needed.
Insert the beer-shank through the hole you cut in the wall. Run the beer line from the end of the beer through the hole in the front of the refrigerator.
Connect the faucet to the shank on the other side of the wall where you will dispense the beer. The kit will have directions for connecting the faucet and should have come with installation pieces such as brackets.
Connect the CO2 regulator to the CO2 tank and run the CO2 line from the regulator into the hole on the side of the refrigerator.
Place the refrigerator as close to the end of the tap and connect both the beer line and the CO2 line ends that are in the refrigerator to the lever handle tapper. Be sure to cut off any excess beer line before connecting it to the lever handle tapper. The longer the beer line, the more foam you will have when the beer dispenses.
Plug the refrigerator in, close the door and head to the beer store to pick up a keg.
Place the keg in the refrigerator. As long as the keg and the refrigerator are both cold (under 4.44 degrees Celsius). You can now top the keg, turn on the CO2 regulator and begin dispensing beer through your newly installed tap.
Always be careful when drilling holes through walls and electrical appliances.
Tips and warnings
- Always be careful when drilling holes through walls and electrical appliances.