Originally Posted by DeLarge
They drilled a whole large enough for insulation to fit through it and then drilled four screws directly into the granite (no need for bolts). That sucker is not moving.
Right now I have the kegerator about 3 feet away from the tower. I just have insulation around the line. The final resting place will place the line 5-7 feet away from the tower. I would highly recommend www.micromatic.com;
they have a ton of information and great forums.
The plan is to insulate the line and run it through some pvc piping. Then depending on the temperature I might have to buy a fan for the fridge.
We've been working on the basement for about a year now, it was finished so it's not as in depth as a number of projects you see in the forums. However, once we make a few more adjustments I will post pictures of everything including how the bar looks.
I just installed an under-counter kegerator last year.
I'm very familiar with the Micromatic forums; that's where I learned how to make all of the modifications required to just to get it to work the way one would expect
it to work. I couldn't believe that most kegerators are horribly inadequate for cooling kegs!
- Most kegerators only have a single "coldplate" and don't have fans, so the temperature varies wildly from top to bottom. (I added a blower/fan inside to even the interior temperature).
- Most kegerators won't get to a low enough temperature for maintaining a keg. (I bypassed the internal thermostat and purchased an external thermostat to force the temperature lower).
- Even though my kegerator is specifically designed for "under counter" use, there is nothing available to make an airtight connection from the base unit to the tower through a counter. (I constructed a pvc connector form the kegerator to the tower).
- According to sites like Micromatic, the optimum hose length is about 8 feet. Yet most kegerators come with 5 feet of hose resulting in pours that are much to 'powerful' and create a large foamy head. (I unfortunately have not replaced my hose, yet)
What type of kegerator do you have? Did you experience any of the above issues with your unit?
I originally thought about placing my kegerator in an adjoining room and running an insulated line to it, but from what I read at Micromatic it looks like anything beyond a few feet would need to be cooled (rather than just insulated) and frankly I personally didn't want to risk a lot of work and not have it work out.
Even as it stands now, my tower is insulated and connected directly to the kegerator via PVC, but it still
gets warm enough to put a nasty head on my first pour. This could be remedied by adding another custom-built blower inside the kegerator (they have instructions on how to build a tower blower at Micromatic). But usually I just pour a half glass (and chug it
) to cool off the line, then the rest of the pours are fine.
Please keep us updated on your kegerator installation. I'm very curious to see how your kegerator installation works out for you.