I am thinking of either modding a fridge or purchasing a home system, and was wondering if anyone had already done so. I looked into the haier and Danby models and like what I see - I know I’ll have to also get a U System So I can tap a guiness keg
I want a dual regulator too, and if it goes where I’m planning, a drain would be be nice for the tap area too.
I did a fridge mod. It’s easier if you either drill through the side, or find a really old fridge with the flat panel on the inside of the door. (which is what I did.)
I mounted a pair of shelf brackets to the outside of the door to place a drip tray. No plumbed drain on this setup, but it was too far from plumbing to have hooked it up anyway.
Found room for the CO2 tank inside (which makes it nice in that only the hole for the tap needs to be cut in the skin of the fridge.) Attached a short length of light gauge chain to the inside of the fridge to use as a safety for the Co2 tank. Straps or a fire extinguisher mount would also work.
As I remember, the kit itself was not too expensive.
Nitro is actually used with thicker beer, such as stouts. If I remember correctly it is used with Guiness. Make sure you run that system at around 10 psi and keep the fridge the right temp. Too warm and it will foam like crazy. Too cold and you could freeze the line. You will get good flow and the right amount of head at around 34-38 degrees.You will also need to get a clean tank so you can clean the system every few kegs. If you get too much yeast buildup it will flow badly and the beer may start to get a weird taste to it. You may want to check with your local beer distributor too see if you can purchase parts from them. You may be able to build it for cheaper. If you are afraid of the beer going bad, you can get a smaller keg. Kegs, depending on the brewery and what the distributor carries, come in 1/2, 1/4, and 1/6 barrels.