I am a relatively new brewer (my first brew was February 2006) that started with some assistance from my military buddies from the Air National Guard. Since then, I’ve been hooked. But there was a problem — how to keep more than one brew on tap at a time?
I started my 5-tap fridge by purchasing a used 28-cubic-foot fridge from the Internet. Since I brewed more than three styles of beer, I needed several taps. I spoke with the guys at my local supplier for help and drafted a plan.
I constructed a Cornelius gauge that had three low-pressure gauges and one high-pressure gauge. From two of the low-pressure gauges, I installed a 2-line manifold system. I custom built the gauge so I could deliver three different pressures to suit the individual styles of beer.
I removed the inner parts of the fridge and created a plywood platform that could hold five corny kegs and one 20-pound CO2 tank.
Once it was all put together, the fridge had her maiden tapping in November 2006. The kegs were filled with beer and forced carbonated for three days at 30 pounds of pressure. I had a group of friends over for beer that day and they were completely amazed.
Currently I have Irish red, hefeweizen, Fat Tire (clone), honey weiss, and a rootbeer on tap. My kids actually brew most of the root beer, which makes me hope that someday they will become homebrewers, like their dad.
Inside the Fridge