Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

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TheSumOfAllBeers
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Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:07 pm

I picked up a few of these 4L kegs a while ago, for party beer and the like:
https://www.brewbuilder.co.uk/stainless-growler-4l.html

But I dont use them as much as I should, after seeing the prices of mini-fridges that you can sometimes pick up on ebay/gumtree etc. I thought that it might be worth making a mini-kegerator out of them. Space is a premium in the house, and I dont have room for a full kegerator setup.

However with the spear head assembly + gas-in & beer out posts fitted, these 4L units are a bit tall:
https://www.brewbuilder.co.uk/growler-d ... disco.html
About 409mm with post attached, beer out disconnect would add more height.

I dont think they will fit upright in a cheap 46/47L husky fridge. I reckon I would need something around 430-450mm internal height minimum. This also gives enough headroom to upgrade to Malt Miller 10L sankey kegs: https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/index.p ... uctId=4449 Which I have my eye on.

Anyone know what small fridge models have that kind of internal height (and an uncluttered internal space obviously).

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Re: Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

Post by EalingDrop » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:16 pm

[quote="TheSumOfAllBeers"]I picked up a few of these 4L kegs a while ago, for party beer and the like:
https://www.brewbuilder.co.uk/stainless-growler-4l.html

But I dont use them as much as I should, after seeing the prices of mini-fridges that you can sometimes pick up on ebay/gumtree etc. I thought that it might be worth making a mini-kegerator out of them. Space is a premium in the house, and I dont have room for a full kegerator setup.

However with the spear head assembly + gas-in & beer out posts fitted, these 4L units are a bit tall:
https://www.brewbuilder.co.uk/growler-d ... disco.html
About 409mm with post attached, beer out disconnect would add more height.

I dont think they will fit upright in a cheap 46/47L husky fridge. I reckon I would need something around 430-450mm internal height minimum. This also gives enough headroom to upgrade to Malt Miller 10L sankey kegs: https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/index.p ... uctId=4449 Which I have my eye on.

Anyone know what small fridge models have that kind of internal height (and an uncluttered internal space obviously).[/quote]Can you fit it horizontally? [IMG]//uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201710 ... c607ee.jpg[/IMG]

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Re: Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

Post by brewpete » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:42 pm

hi i use 9l cornys for dispensing in the fridge with a push on tap they are 48 cm high

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Re: Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:07 pm

EalingDrop: that is an option. These kegs use a flexible silicone tube for their dip tube, so if it goes all the way to the bottom and the edge (there is a helpful recess in the base of them to make this happen) it will suck up all the beer, if it is left horizontal, but with a slight tilt.

But I would prefer if they went vertical - i dont think you are guaranteed to get the dip tube to sink.

Brewpete: what fridge model do you use ? 50cm internal height seems to be a magic number for a lot of reasons, but mini fridge manufacturers didnt get that memo.

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Re: Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

Post by brewpete » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:00 pm

hi sum of all beers i use the house american style one just took a couple of shelf out you can unscrew the keg tap handle off and save about 3cm
also use sodastream co2 bottle with reg also have an adapter to refill the sodastream bottles

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Re: Mini fridge that can take multiple 4L Brew Builder growlers

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:34 pm

brewpete wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:00 pm
hi sum of all beers i use the house american style one just took a couple of shelf out you can unscrew the keg tap handle off and save about 3cm
also use sodastream co2 bottle with reg also have an adapter to refill the sodastream bottles
I am looking to get a dedicated fridge though. The existing fridge is full of food and baby stuff.

My plan was to use the mini kegs with the beer out post, so that I can use a different tap that works better in confined spaces.

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