Can you make draft beer at home?

Answered by Michael Wilson

You can absolutely make draft beer at home! One popular option is to purchase a kegerator, which is a specialized refrigerator specifically designed for dispensing draft beer. These units come with all the necessary components, including beer and air lines, an air tank, regulator, draft beer tower, and faucet. With a kegerator, you can have the convenience of having draft beer on tap right in your own home.

If you already have a refrigerator at home, you can also convert it into a kegerator. This can be a fun and cost-effective DIY project for beer enthusiasts. Converting a refrigerator into a kegerator involves installing the necessary components, such as a draft tower and faucet, beer and air lines, and a CO2 tank and regulator.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to convert a refrigerator into a kegerator:

1. Choose the Right Refrigerator: Look for a refrigerator that is large enough to accommodate the size of keg(s) you plan to use. It’s important to ensure that the refrigerator has enough internal space to fit the keg(s) and all the necessary components.

2. Gather the Components: You will need a draft tower, faucet, beer and air lines, a CO2 tank, and a regulator. These components can be purchased individually or as part of a kegerator conversion kit.

3. Install the Draft Tower: Drill a hole in the top of the refrigerator to install the draft tower. The draft tower is where the beer will be dispensed from. Make sure to measure and mark the location accurately before drilling.

4. Connect the Beer and Air Lines: Run the beer and air lines through the hole in the top of the refrigerator and connect them to the appropriate ports on the keg coupler. The beer line carries the beer from the keg to the faucet, while the air line supplies CO2 to carbonate and dispense the beer.

5. Mount the Faucet: Attach the faucet to the draft tower. Make sure it is securely fastened to prevent any leaks.

6. Install the CO2 Tank and Regulator: Mount the CO2 tank inside the refrigerator and connect it to the regulator. The regulator allows you to control the pressure of the CO2 going into the keg.

7. Test for Leaks: Before adding a keg, test the system for any leaks. Apply a soapy water solution to all the connections and look for any bubbles, which indicate a leak. Tighten any connections if necessary.

8. Add the Keg: Once the system is leak-free, you can add your keg(s) to the refrigerator. Make sure to follow the specific instructions for handling and installing the keg.

9. Carbonate and Enjoy: Adjust the CO2 pressure using the regulator to carbonate the beer to your desired level. Allow the beer to chill and carbonate for a few days before pouring your first draft.

Having a kegerator or a converted refrigerator allows you to enjoy draft beer at home, just like you would at a bar or brewery. It’s a great way to have a variety of beers on tap and impress your friends and family with a pub-like experience in the comfort of your own home.

Remember to always drink responsibly and in moderation. Cheers!