Kegerator Economics: How Much You Can Save With A Kegerator

Why Buy a Kegerator?

Kegerator Economics: How Much You Can Save

When you buy a kegerator, you’re not only able to conveniently store large amounts of cold draft beer, but you can also save approximately 40-60% in costs, compared to buying the same volume of beer in cans or bottles.

Consider that the average cost for a standard half gallon keg of Budweiser is approximately $100. A standard keg contains 15.5 gallons, or 1,984 ounces. A case of Budweiser contains twenty-four 12oz. cans (288 total ounces) and costs about $23. To get the same volume by ounce as a standard keg, you would need to buy seven cases of Budweiser for about $160 – resulting in over $55 in savings per keg.

This means by the time you purchase your tenth keg, you will have completely offset the cost of your kegerator in savings, breaking even while enjoying high-quality draft beer at home. The savings can be even greater for some brands of beers, as well as various keg sizes. In some instances, kegerator drinkers will break even in as few as eight kegs. Consult the chart below to see how much you can save.

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Keg Size Comparison Chart

Comparing Keg Sizes & Types:

Here’s a chart that compares eight common types of kegs, including how much beer they hold, their overall size and most common uses for each.

Mini Keg Cornelius Keg Sixth Barrel Quarter Barrel Slim Quarter Half Barrel Rubber Barrel Beveled barrel
Also Called Bubba Corny Keg; Homebrew Keg Sixtel; Log Pony Keg; Stubby Quarter Tall Quarter Full Size Keg; Full Keg    
Common Use One Time Use; Portable Purposes Home Brewing Home Brewing; Dual Tap Kegerators Small Parties Small Parties; Dual Tap Kegerators Home Bar; Large Events; Business; Frat Parties    
Capacity (gal/L) 1.32 / 5 5 / 18.9 5.16 / 19.8 7.75 / 29.3 7.75 / 29.3 15.5 / 58.7 7.75 / 29.3 7.75 / 29.3
Ounces 169 640 661 992 992 1984 992 992
Cans / Bottles (12oz.) 14 53 56 82 82 165 82 82
Pints (16oz.) 10.6 40 42 62 62 124 62 62
Weight (lbs) 13 49 58 87 87 161 87 87
Height 9⅞” 23″ 23⅜” 13⅞” 23⅜” 23⅜” 13⅞” 13⅞”
Diameter 6¾” 9″ 9¼” 16⅛” 11⅛” 16⅛” 17″ 17″

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Kegerator Video Library

For expert information and informative tutorials about choosing, using, and cleaning your kegerator, check out our video guides below!

Video Index:

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Troubleshooting Your Kegerator

If you are experiencing problems with your kegerator, please refer to our troubleshooting guide below. If your problem is not found below or you are unable to correct an issue you find on the chart, please leave a comment and/or give us a call at 1-866-950-8710.

Issue Possible Cause Solution
Cloudy Beer:
Beer is hazy and not clear
Temperature too low Increase the temperature of the refrigerator to 36°F or higher.
Faucet partially opened Turn the tap off, then open it quickly and fully.
Keg has something warm on it Remove any item that is not cold from the keg.
Flat Beer:
Head comes out like large soap bubbles and disappears quickly. Beer tastes less fresh
Greasy glasses (grease can come from fried foods, lipstick, or dirty hands) Wash glasses thoroughly after use and allow to air dry. Do not dry wipe. Cold rinse glasses before pouring beer. Designate beer-only glasses.
Poor pour Be careful about the distance of the faucet to the glass. A perfect pour will give you about a 1/2″ to 1″ thick tight head on top.
Low pressure Check if the CO2 tank is on and is not empty. Check for obstructions in the air lines. If the PSI is too low, raise it a little bit at a time. (Be careful as the regulator is very sensitive). Regulators need to be replaced every 4-6 years after wear.
Bad or Off-Tasting Beer:
Beer is bitter and has an unpleasant bite.
Dirty beer line or faucet Clean the faucet and lines after you finish off every keg.
Dirty air line Replace the air line if it looks to be contaminated. Otherwise, clean it like you would the beer line and rinse it clean.
Old beer Toss the keg, and get a new one.
Foamy Beer:
You pour and it comes out all foam and no beer.
Warm Beer Regulate the refrigerator’s temperature to be at 38-42° Fahrenheit
Excessive CO2 Lower the CO2 pressure going into the keg. Turn off the CO2tank, pull the relief valve for about 3 seconds, wait about 15 minutes before turning it back on.
Old beer lines Replace your beer lines.
Clogged faucet Remove the faucet, soak in hot water and clean with a brush every few weeks.
Poor pour Be careful about the distance of the faucet to the glass. A perfect pour will give you about a 1/2″ to 1″ thick tight head on top.
Worn down parts in faucet Check for worn washers and replace as needed. Check the faucet to make sure it opens fully. Replace the faucet or it’s parts as needed.
Warm beer lines The full length of beer tubing needs to be refrigerated. Beer lines longer than 6 feet may cause issues as well.

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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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18 Frequently Asked Questions About Kegerators

Here at Kegerator.com, we know everything there is to know about kegerators and draft beer dispensers. Because of this we tend to receive a lot of questions from people that are interested in buying or troubleshooting their kegerator. Here are the eighteen most frequently asked questions that we receive.

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  1. What is a kegerator?
  2. What are the different types of kegerators?
  3. What are the different types of kegs?
  4. What parts are included with a kegerator?
  5. What size keg will fit in my kegerator?
  6. What kind of coupler do I need?
  7. What do I need to tap my keg?
  8. At what temperature should I store my keg?
  9. How long does a keg stay fresh?
  10. How many kegs can I tap on one CO2 tank?
  11. Can I use my kegerator outside?
  12. How long should I wait before using my kegerator?
  13. Is a kegerator freestanding or built-in?
  14. Can a freestanding kegerator be built in?
  15. Can I build my own kegerator?
  16. How do I troubleshoot my kegerator?
  17. How do I defrost my kegerator?
  18. How do I clean my kegerator?

If you have any other questions about kegerators, please leave them in the comments down below or give our customer service department a call at 1-866-950-8710.
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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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