Guide to Regulating Keg Compression

This regulator adjustment guide will help you with those final steps in assuring that your kegerator provides you with the highest quality tasting beer by walking you step by step through the regulator adjustment process.

Regulator Guide
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Kegerator Parts List & Definitions

Kegerator Parts Guide

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The Importance of Cleaning Your Draft Beer Components

Cleaning your draft components is crucial. Failure to do so can lead to buildups of yeast, mold, and beer deposits in your lines and ultimately result in funky tasting beer. Although your first cleaning may seem tedious, it gets easier. As long as you know what to clean and what tools to use to clean it, equipment cleaning will become a quick and easy routine you hardly think twice about.

What Components Do I Need to Clean?

  • Faucet(s)
  • Keg Coupler(s)
  • Beer Line(s)

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Introducing EdgeStar’s Full Size Built-In Kegerator KC7000 Series

EdgeStar has long established themselves as an authority in dispensing draft beer. This knowledge and experience has culminated in their latest development — a new series of top-of-the-line full size, forced-air refrigerated, built-in, stainless steel kegerators.

Let’s explore the KC7000 line-up and revel in the glory of residential kegerator perfection.
KC7000 Kegerator Series

Over a decade of draft beer experience poured into this state-of-the-art kegerator.

The Difference Makers:

Despite its sleek appearance, the thoughtful design and ample conveniences provided by this series of kegerators are what elevates them.

1. Durable & Spacious

Able to be built-in flush-with-cabinetry, these stainless steel kegerators look fantastic amongst any décor. Their immense cabinets can fit a keg of ANY size, even those rubberized and beveled edge kegs that typically have a hard time fitting in other kegerators. Also, you won’t have to baby this kegerator. The floors of the refrigerator boxes are reinforced with durable stainless steel, so constant loading, unloading, and situating kegs will do little to no damage to the unit. You can go ahead and be rough with it, the KC7000 can take it.

2. Three Words: Ice. Cold. Beer.

These units use forced air refrigeration rather than cold plates. Because of this, cold air is able to reach every nook within the kegerator, eliminating those worrisome hot spots and areas of uneven temperatures. The temperature itself is adjustable from 32-60°F, allowing you to keep your beer ice cold or stout-worthy cool. You can set and monitor your settings using the push button control panel with easy-to-read digital display.

3. Eliminate the Foamy Pour

Speaking of coldness, one major feature that sets this series apart from all others is the air-cooled beer tower. When beer sits in the draft tower between pours, it typically begins to warm up and may cause your next pour to be full of foam. Think of all the beer you’ve lost to this irksome foamy pour. With an air-cooled tower, this is not the case. Your beer stays cold and fresh from the keg to the glass. You won’t waste a drop and still pour the perfect beer.

4. All Inclusive

No need to go scouring the internet for parts, everything you’ll need (excluding a keg of beer, of course) arrives with your kegerator. We’re talking about quality components, too. NSF-approved lines, 304 grade stainless steel faucets, and dual gauge regulators are just a sample of the top-of-the-line parts you’ll receive. Other conveniences provided are a stainless steel drip tray, guard rail, and heavy-duty mobility casters.

5. Thoughtful Details

Other conveniences to look out for on these kegerators are the safety lock, interior lighting, and reversible door. If you’ve taken the time to find the perfect temperature and precise regulator settings, the last thing you want is for someone to go in and mettle with your specifications. The safety lock prevents this from happening. Additionally, optional interior lighting makes finding those perfect settings that much easier. A reversible door comes in handy if you are left-handed or want your unit to follow the flow of your cabinetry.

Meet The KC7000 Line-Up

Indoor Units:

The EdgeStar Full Size Built-In Kegerators (KC7000SS, KC7000SSTWIN, KC7000SSTRIP) have all of the bells and whistles without any of the fuss. They are available in single, dual, and triple tap configurations and are designed for indoor residential freestanding or built-in applications. If you’re looking to be the envy of all your friends, install one of these bad boys in your man cave or home bar. Your daily beer drinking and entertaining will never be the same again.

KC7000SS KC7000SSTWIN KC7000SSTRIP
Edgestar Full-Size Kegerator (KC7000SS) EdgeStar Full-Size Dual-Tap Kegerator (KC7000SSTWIN) EdgeStar Full-Size Triple-Tap Kegerator (KC7000SSTRIP)

Outdoor Units:

The EdgeStar Full Size Built-In Outdoor Kegerators (KC7000SSOD, KC7000SSODTWIN, KC7000SSODTRIP) are everything amazing about the indoor models, only they’re approved for outdoor use as well. Also available in single, dual, and triple tap configurations, these units are fully wrapped in stainless steel and ready to take on any weather. Looking to kick it up a notch in that outdoor kitchen of yours? Look no further than these outdoor models. Entertaining outside and enjoying your patio, pool, or backyard will be enhanced two-fold.

KC7000SSOD KC7000SSODTWIN KC7000SSODTRIP
Edgestar Full-Size Outdoor Kegerator (KC7000SSOD) EdgeStar Full-Size Dual-Tap Outdoor Kegerator (KC7000SSODTWIN) EdgeStar Full-Size Triple-Tap Outdoor Kegerator (KC7000SSODTRIP)

Build a Custom Kegerator:

If you’ve got a custom-build in mind but are looking for a quality fridge to start with, consider using the full size conversion refrigerators available in this series. With all of the features available in the complete kegerators of this series and also available in both indoor (BR7000SS) and outdoor (BR7000SSOD) models, these refrigerators are the perfect starter kit to building your dream kegerator. All you’ll need is to seek out is your ideal dispensing components.

If you’re a draft beer connoisseur looking for a way to dispense your favorite brews in your indoor/outdoor kitchen, patio, man cave, or home bar, consider EdgeStar’s KC7000 Series. Choosing a unit from the KC7000 line will undoubtedly transform the way you drink and entertain.

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How to Choose Your Dream Home Kegerator

Lost on the interweb looking for that perfect kegerator for your home? With so many similar looking models to choose from, shopping for one can seem quite overwhelming. There are many options to consider when looking for a kegerator. For example, is it going to be built-in or freestanding? Is it going to be installed indoors or outdoors? How many kegs did you want to dispense at a time?

Edgestar KC7000SS

Once you’ve determined your application, you can quickly narrow down your options and begin to consider the more technical aspects of dispensing beer. Two technical factors that affect how well beer pours are temperature and pressure. When the temperature and pressure are set at optimal levels, a perfect pour can be achieved.

While it may seem logical that a foamy pour would be caused by too much pressure, it is actually temperature that contributes most to the level of foam in the beer. Foam naturally occurs when the temperature of the beer is 38 degrees or warmer. When beer reaches that temperature it releases CO2, which becomes foam in the beer.

A higher temperature can also cause beer to become cloudy and sour. However, it isn’t just warm temperatures that cause beer to foam. Foam can also form when the beer is too cold. If the temperature reaches 29 degrees, beer can start to freeze, and the small amount of liquid that remains unfrozen will turn to foam as it travels through the lines and out the tap.
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The Different Types of Beer Faucets Explained

The function of a faucet in dispensing beer is so crucial, yet its importance is so often completely overlooked. You may think a beer faucet is obviously a faucet and that’s all there is to it, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

Types of Beer Faucets

The intended function, design, shape, and materials used are all important factors to consider when looking at faucets. Forget what you think you know and get ready to be instilled with a deeper appreciation for the role that beer faucets play in dispensing your favorite beverage.

What is a Beer Faucet?

A beer faucet is the last component your beer touches before it hits your glass. Like all faucets, it’s meant to direct the flow of your brew and help ensure that perfect pour we all strive for.

Faucets are also what the tap handle connects to. Often mistaken as the same component, tap handles are merely the lever in which you pull to both commence and suspend the flow of beer to the faucet. They are also used, especially in commercial environments, to identify what type of beer that will be served from that specific faucet.
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The Ins & Outs of a Kegerator

Beer is best when served fresh, cold, and on draft. Half the cost of canned and bottled of beer, kegged beer is a cost-efficient way to enjoy your favorite beverage. A kegerator makes this enjoyment possible, and depending on your beer buying frequency, can paying for itself in just a matter of months. It’s kegonomics, really.

Kegerator Anatomy

Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of this aptly named beer dispenser.

Components & Tools Used in Assembly

If you purchase a complete kegerator, all components and tools necessary for assembly will be provided for you.

However, if you’re building your own custom kegerator, you’ll need to be sure you have the following components and tools:
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How Long Does A Keg Remain Fresh?

Due to a variety of beer styles and storage options for your keg, there’s no set answer to this question. Depending on who you ask or what site you read, the answer will range between 20-120 days.

There are many variables that can play a role in how quickly your kegged beer starts to alter in taste, but a general rule to keep in mind is that as soon as that keg is filled at the brewery, the “freshness clock” starts. As time goes by, your beer will slowly start to taste less and less fresh.

How Are You Dispensing Your Beer?

To give you a better idea of how long your keg will last, let’s take a look at the two most common scenarios that one would find themselves in when they tap a keg.

1. Using a Manual Pump:

Manual Keg Pump

Commonly found attached to the top of kegs at house parties and backyard cookouts, the manual pump — sometimes called a bronco pump or party pump — works by pumping air into the keg, pressurizing it so that it can dispense your beer. If you’ve ever poured a beer out of a keg, then you’re probably familiar with this kind of pump, as well as the problems that come along with it, such as over-pumping and excessively foamy beer.
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What is a Keg Coupler?

Keg Coupler

Now that your home bar or man cave has its own kegerator to cool and dispense that frothy beer you love so much, it would be wise to get acquainted with some of the essential components of your kegerator. One of the most important parts of your kegerator is the keg coupler.

What the Keg Coupler Does

Think of the keg coupler as a “key” and the valve of a keg as the “lock”. They can’t work without each other. The keg coupler attaches to the valve and to a CO2 compressed gas line. It allows the compressed air to enter the keg and push out the beer. As a result of all of these components working together, you get a perfectly chilled and delicious draft beer in the comfort of your home.
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Eliminate the Beer Run: The Advantages of Home Draft Beer Systems

Having your very own home draft system is a dream come true for almost every beer geek. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold, draft beer in the comfort of your living room or backyard. Forget the hassle of opening beer bottles and the excess waste they create. Owning your own kegerator is the perfect set-up that every beer geek needs.

Types of Home Draft Beer Systems

There are several home draft beer systems you can choose from.  Before going out and buying the first kegerator you find, make sure you know the differences between the two most common types of kegerators so you know which one will be best for you.

Mini Kegerators

Mini Draft Beer System

The mini kegerator is the smallest kegerator that you will find. It’s designed to tap and serve a 5-liter keg, but only contains approximately 10½ pints. Because of its smaller size, it’s perfect for those that don’t drink beer very often. Additionally, if you don’t have much space in your kitchen or man-cave, then a mini draft beer system may be the best fit for you, because it can fit easily on a countertop or corner table.

Another great benefit of having a mini-kegerator, is how easy it is to find 5-liter kegs of beer. Many grocery stores carry them along with their six-packs and cases of beer. Specialty craft beer and liquor stores also typically carry a wide variety of 5-liter kegs.

Full Size Kegerators

Full Size Draft Beer System

The most common type of kegerator is the full size system. This is your typical draft beer system that you envision when you think of a kegerator. There are many kinds of full-size kegerators available to you. The two most common are the single-tap and the dual-tap.

Just like the draft beer system you see at your favorite bar, this system works the exact same way. You can fit many different size kegs into this larger single tap system, including half barrel kegs, pony kegs and slim quarter kegs. Each size keg will serve a different amount of beer, so be sure to know how much each size keg holds before you go out and buy more beer than you need. If you aren’t sure about how many beers are in a keg, it would be wise to check out our handy keg comparison chart.

Full size kegerators also work better at keeping your kegs at your chosen temperature. Make sure you get a home draft system that has foam insulation or refrigeration within the tower, as this helps keep the beer inside the lines stay at the right temperature before it’s poured.

Cleaning Your Draft System

Like anything you buy for your home, a home draft beer system does require a little bit of maintenance. Draft beer is ideally dispensed through a six-foot line that connects the keg and the faucet. It’s important to clean all of the components of your home kegerator regularly. Not only does this help protect your investment in the equipment, but it also ensures that you have the freshest, best-tasting beer.

Cleaning the various components of your system is easy and doesn’t take much time. We would recommend buying a cleaning kit because it will make the process much easier for you, but it is possible to clean your kegerator without a kit. For more information, please refer to our previous write-up that details how to clean your kegerator.

Don’t Forget About Glassware

Now that you have your home draft system set up and your beer is ready to be poured. We would also recommend getting a nice set of glassware. There are many different types of beer glasses available, so learn about the differences and buy a nice set. You’d be surprised how much better your beer tastes and smells when you drink it out of the right style of glass.

If you really want to go the extra mile with your beer glasses, then purchase a special kind of detergent designed for glassware. Your typical dish washing detergents can sometimes leave a slight film on the glass. You may not notice if this film affects the taste of your beverages, but it may cause the CO2 in your beer to break out and lead to it tasting somewhat flat.

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