Keg Coolers

How to Convert a Refrigerator to a Keg Cooler

Did you know that you can convert an old refrigertor into a Keg Cooler? While this may not pass a health inspection for your restaurant or bar, a converted refrigerator Keg Cooler makes an excellent backyard drink dispenser. The Internet is full of how-to’s, and well…. here’s one more.

Step 1: What You’ll Need…. Check appliance stores, Craig’s List and your local newspaper for old refrigerators. Make sure the refrigerator is at least 24 inches high and 17 inches wide if you want to fit a standard 1/2 barrel keg. We also recommend that you leave about 5 inches on the top to leave room for the shank and hose. Next, get the Keg Conversion Accessories. You’ll need:

  1. Aluminum CO2 Tank- 5lb tank will last 7-8 kegs and the aluminum will not rust.
  2. CO2 Gauge
  3. 5/16″ CO2 Line
  4. 3/16″ Beer Line
  5. Shank
  6. D-Style Coupler
  7. Faucet
  8. Drip Tray
  9. One Fiber and One Neoprene Washers
  10. Clamps
  11. 3/4″ Hole Saw
Step 2: Get the Interior Ready…. Find your location and set the shelf  (which can be reinforced with bricks or lumber to keep it propped). With the hole saw, drill a hole in the front of the refrigerator for the shank. Go slow and take your time to ensure a clean hole.
Step 3: Install the Keg…. Insert the shank through the door and attach the flange, faucet, and handle on the refrigerators exterior. Then attach the CO2 hose and beer line making sure to pay attention to the IN and OUT pressure. Next assemble the CO2 regulator, place the keg on the shelf and attach the coupler.
Step 4: Pour and Enjoy… I don’t think you need  directions here.

Cool Keg Cooler Designs!

Ok, so if you decide you want to be a bit more creative with your beer dispensing machine than the standard commercial Keg Cooler, get inspired by these unique Kg Cooler designs that we found after scouring the web. Which is your favorite?

Take the term “Portable Keg Cooler” to the next level!











Beer. Robot. Enough Said!











For the Geek in you!










How can you make Draft Beer and Video Games cooler? Combine them!











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What To Do Before A Installing Keg Cooler

True TDD-4-S Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler | 4 Keg Capacity

Always read the Operations Manual of your Keg Cooler before installing the unit. Small errors can lead to not only a ruined unit, but also a voided warranty. Below are a list of tips from True, Turbo Air, and Beverage-Air that should be reviewed before plugging in your Keg Cooler.

Before Installing… Use a volmeter to make sure your establishments electrical voltage will support the Keg Cooler. If anything less than 100% of the rated voltage for operation is noted, correct prior to hooking up the unit. Compressor warranties are void if compressor burns out due to low voltage.

Before Loading…. We recommend you run your unit empty for two to three days to ensure electrical wiring and installation are correct and no shipping damage has occurred. Most manufacturer warranties will not cover product loss.

Before Tapping… Ensure that all beer faucet in the serving location are in the off position. Completely remove the dust cover/ identification cap from the keg.

Electrical Precautions… If you’ve unplugged your Keg Cooler, wait 5 minutes before restarting the unit. Never plug a Keg Cooler into a breaker with other units or use an extension cord.

Helpful Hints On Maintaining The Correct Pressure:

  • Know which pressurizing agent to use on which product and why.
  • Monitor your regulators to ensure applied pressure remains constant
  • Keep equipment in good repair

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Yikes! There’s Mold in the Drain Pan of my Keg Cooler!

We cannot stress the importance of keeping all of your kitchen supplies and equipment clean! The health inspector, your customers, and of course you do not want to see mold or yeast growth in the drain pan of your Keg Cooler. A Kansas restaurant was recently cited when the health inspector found, “about 200 fruit fly larvae and some adults in a drain below a keg cooler, a layer of mold in a drain.” The drain pan is the grated section below the beer tap that accumulates beer spillage. Mold likes cold and since a Keg Cooler is a refrigerated unit, mold growth is a serious risk.

To keep the drain pan clean, use hot, soapy water and a toothbrush and scrub away any beer residue, drippings, or leaks. This should be done daily. Never use an abrasive cleaner or a steel wool pad as this will leave corrosive iron particles on the stainless steel finish.

A Comparison of Keg Cooler Manufacturers

At Burkett, we carry 3 of the major Commercial Keg Cooler manufacturers: True, Beverage-Air and TurboAir. While all 3 offer a superb product, there are manufactural differences in each. Knowing these differences will assist you in making the right purchasing decision.

True TDD-2CT-S Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler

True TDD-2CTS Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler | 2 Keg Capacity

True Manufacturing…. With 17 different Keg Coolers manufactured by True, it won’t be hard to find the unit you need with this manufacturer. True offers all stainless steel countertops as well as side ventilation to allow for fresh air through the condenser. Compressors are engineered to be environmentally friendly with shorter run times, lower energy consumption, and with the industry’s coldest holding temperatures. This also means that True Keg Coolers have the best insulation. True’s 5 Year Compressor/Condensor Warranty  and 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty is the best in the industry. Known for their customer service, True will replace the entire condensing unit during this period. If you are purchasing the Keg Cooler for residential use, True does not offer a home warranty. And two more things to consider- True products are manufactured in the USA and an Energy-Star Partner!

Beverage-Air DD50HC-1-S Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler

Beverage-Air DD50HC-1-S Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler

Beverage-Air… One major benefit of Beverage-Air is they offer a residential warranty, so their units can be used in a home as well as a commercial establishment. Offering 27 Keg Coolers, Beverage-Air units have multiple options and accessories so that you can customize the unit to your specifications. Beverage-Air Keg Coolers vary in size and are the only manufacturer to offer a 95,”  5 keg capacity cooler. Like its competitors, Beverage-Air also offers a 5 Year Compressor and 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty. Units come with 4″ heavy duty swivel casters for easy moving. Beverage-Air products are made in the USA.

Turbo Air TBD-3SD Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler

Turbo Air TBD-3SD Stainless Steel Direct Draw Keg Cooler

Turbo Air… Turbo Air Keg Coolers have a stainless steel countertop and interior which will be easier to maintain and keep clean. Constructed with 3″diameter insulated stainless steel beer columns for maximum efficiency. Keg Coolers come standard with 3.5″ casters, incandescent interior lighting, and door locks. While their competitors have more than a dozen different units each, Turbo Air only offers 4 Keg Coolers. Turbo Air Keg Coolers come with a 5 Year Compressor and 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty.

How to Pour a Perfect Draft Beer

Unlike men, not all beer is created equal. There are hundreds of different kinds of draft beers that you can serve at your bar or restaurant. With this in mind, it is important to know how to properly pour a draft of beer. Courtesy of the American Bartenders School, here are a few tips for how to pour the perfect draft:

  1. Use a Clean Beer Glass… Leftover residue will distort the taste of the beer and affect carbonation.
  2. 45 Degree Angle… Hold the Beer Glass at a 45 degree angle so the beer will hit the middle of the glass, allowing the beer to flow down to the bottom of the glass. This will guarantee the proper head. When the glass is 2/3 full of beer, straighten the glass out and hold it upright.
  3. Foam… Target for 1/2 inch of foam, by increasing the distance between the beer spout and the glass. Also, make sure to keep the faucet opened completely to avoid too much foam.
  4. Temperature…Never serve beer in a warm glass. There are a variety of Glass Chillers that will keep your mugs at the perfect chilled temperature.

    Beverage-Air 48″ 164-Mug Black Vinyl Glass and Plate Chiller

  5. Then There was Guinness… Guinness experts suggest using a two-part pour method for its notorious thick and nitrogenous stout. To do this, pour the beer about 2/3 of the way up the glass and wait 30 seconds to help the nitrogen bubbles in the beer settle.

Bars with the Most Beers on Tap

Thirsty? Looking for a place to quench your finicky palette? We’ve scoured the web for the bars with the most beers on tap throughout the world.

Yard House (Los Angeles)- between 130-180 different bubbly brews on tap on any given day, and 250 taps total.

Taco Macs (Cumming, GA)- over 220 different beers on tap.

Heroes Bar and Grill (Fullerton, CA)- 119 beers on tap.

Tap House Grill (Seattle, WA)- proudly boasts 160 beers on tap.

Village Draft House (Raleigh, NC)- 99 beers on tap for your drinking pleasure.

Max’s Taphouse (Baltimore, MD)- 102 delicious drafts.


Which have you visited or which would you love to visit?

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