Remember those hundreds of hazy, weird, dream-like keg parties you went to in college? Me, neither. Traditionally, kegs have been a massive part of the college drinking scene, capable of holding large amounts of alcohol and serving dozens, if not hundreds, of guests cup-sized portions of liquor.
But what do you do if you also need to keep your keg of 21+ worthy, legally-obtained alcoholic beverage nice and cold while you serve it? Meet the kegerator.
What’s a Kegerator?
A kegerator is a medium-sized refrigerator specially designed to store a keg and dispense its contents through a network of tubes and pumps fixed within and through the top of the fridge.
CO2 is used to pressurize and dispense alcoholic beverages through a series of tubes, which propel the beer through taps and faucets, providing both a fridge and a beer tap in a single unit.
How Can You Obtain a Kegerator?
Kegerators can be purchased as manufactured units designed to cool and dispense beer or other beverages. Kegerators can be simple or very polished, with some varieties especially built to blend into existing kitchen countertops.
The fancier kegerators can retail in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars and often include polished taps, digital displays of temperature readings, and locking doors.
Alternatively, some enthusiasts choose to cobble their kegerators from medium-sized or large fridge units, at home or in their garage. This is made possible with kegerator conversion kits, which install into existing fridges to turn any cold appliance into a home kegerator quickly. They come with everything you’ll need to start and finish up, from CO2 gas tanks to metal taps, faucets, and a thermometer.
Why Would You Want a Kegerator?
Kegerators are great for larger parties, where you want to supply your guests with a steady stream of excellent alcohol without having to monitor ice melt or man a traditional keg. Partygoers can simply refill at leisure, and the refrigerated environment keeps beer a steady, cold temperature evening round.
Kegerators allow hosts to focus more on attending to guests and enjoying the evening while the keg scene takes care of itself. Some kegerators can also be moved around on rotating wheels, allowing the kegerator to be relocated as needed throughout the evening.
You can also use a kegerator for much smaller gatherings, like family get-togethers and weekend hang-outs at home. It’s a fun and simple way to keep cool, fresh alcohol on tap for guests and family. It’s also neat to have around if you’re a casual beer enthusiast, and it can be enjoyed solo, too.
Kegerators are neat, convenient ways to keep large amounts of alcohol on tap and cool for large gatherings, keg parties, and organized events. The keg is stored within the fridge, and the unit uses compressed CO2 to force the cool beer through the tubing and out a tap.
You can buy ready-made kegerators or purchase kegerator conversion kits to turn any medium-sized or large fridge into a kegerator. They’re great for college parties but are also suitable for smaller at-home get-togethers and for having some fresh, cold beer on tap year-round.
About the author:
Trevor James owns Home Bar Paradise, a one-stop shop for Home Bars, Game rooms, Kitchens, and Outdoor Appliances. Trevor started selling in 2010 and built Home Bar Paradise to serve customers all over the USA. You can shop for the best Home Bar equipment at Home Bar Paradise.