Are kegerators worth the $500?

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    So I'm looking into buying a kegerator amazon for a 1/6 keg. Was wondering if it's worth the money or should I convert a small fridge?
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    Are kegerators worth the $500?
     
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    I used an altered dorm fridge (cut out some of the plastic molding on the sides) and used double tower for 2-corny kegerator that I used for years. Total cost maybe $200. I bought a used half-barrel kegerator for a little over $100 bucks on CL and changed out the tower for a 3-banger (shorty on the hump). Total cost maybe $250. I've built a 4-tap collar for a chest freezer that would hold 5 kegs. Total cost probably $350. All good options but anything with a small compressor will eventually crap out. Even higher-priced stuff is MIC and sort of disposable.
     
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    Good used fridge $150, couple of shanks, drip tray, and taps, bingo!
    Don't think this cost $500, and it is expandable.
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    That's not a horrible price although I've seen cheaper at Home Depot with a co2 included. Are they worth it is up to you really. I do know my buddy got one at Home Depot and while it was a decent price to at least have beer on tap, he almost immediately had to replace the tap to get a good pour. For the longest time I served beer out of my fridge with picnic taps. It was cheap and I could stuff four kegs in there. Not everyone has the means or room though for large beer serving footprints.
     
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    My wife wants to get another fridge because she needs more room for "stuff". I foresee "stuffing" two more kegs and taps in that fridge in the near future.
     
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    That's how I got my keezer! She was tired of the chest freezer and wanted an upright. Glorious days!
     
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    I bought a cheapo chest freezer from Home Depot and did the rest myself. All-in it probably was in the neighborhood of $500 or so, but I also have five kegs on tap now.[​IMG] Kegerator.jpg
     
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    Love the design above that looks slick.
    Echoing thoughts above if you want hastle free you pay the big bucks up front.
    If you want to save on the coin you do the DIY.
    I don't think I'm ahead on my keezer build I got a bit carried away for a year or more building it:D!

    Was like a mini house build project you know like the ones on grand designs where the host meets the couple midway through the build when their stressed and not sure how they are going to come up with the extra funds to finish the build...
     
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    Likewise! I have a session Saison in mine, as soon as it comes out, the great transfer begins....
     
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    Space in your home and your ability to build should be in your decision. I went with the kegerator before I had all of the brewersfriend knowledge. It fits in our dining room and my wife doesn't mind it there. I mentioned Keezer for more taps and kegs to my wife and if looks could kill I would not be writing this note. $500 is not a drop in the bucket but it works for me.....now;)
     
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    Build a Keezer! Starting with ONE tap and a used chest freezer plus a temp controller and a co2 tank will be WAY less than $500 - Trust me I know. Bought a 450 dollar keggerator from amazon and eventually built a keezer anyway... 5 beers versus 1 and the cost was about the same.
     
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    One thing to consider about those bar sized fridges is that they are made super cheap, they typically barely outlive the warranty, if they last for years, you got lucky
     

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