Do We Really Need a Kegerator?

From Janelle:

The argument meter has been reading pretty low since our first few scuffles but as we finalize our appliance purchases, one recurring theme keeps humming along.

Lewis is a practical guy and he can pretty much fix anything.   We THINK that we’ve settled on Perlick, a commercial brand known for beer coolers or as they’re known in our house, kegerators.  The new bar will house a mini refrigerator, ice maker and beer refrigerator and of course, they all need to be the same brand to maintain a cohesive look.  Lewis, however, doesn’t see the need to pay retail price for a kegerator as one can just as easily buy an old used icebox, drill a hole in the top and plop in a dispensing system.  It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last I’ve asked this question, is he nuts?

Lewis is in good shape but suds are the cause of most “beer bellies” and keeping the brew freshly circulated requires volume.  This is seldom an issue as guests frequent our home but sometimes the keg merely needs to be finished off and calories slide down fast. Since he doesn’t want to spend $$ the question needs to be posed, do we really need a kegerator?

From Lewis:

Are you kidding?  No house should be without one!  If the kegerator is going to be put in a cabinet I don’t see any reason to spend so much money for something that does not need to match the rest of the appliances. My inexpensive kegerator has brought me much joy and happiness and keeps my beer icy cold. If a time comes when it stops working there is no problem just replacing it but since it seems that it will have a stainless finish rather than be covered with cabinetry I guess I really have no choice but to spend more cash!!!

Janelle looks at a beer refrigerator as a complicated piece of equipment that requires extensive engineering and design when it is nothing but a small refrigerator with a couple taps drilled through the top.  You can buy the parts and make one out of any old fridge.

From Janelle:

He can make or fix anything but it doesn’t necessarily look pretty!

If anyone has a comment or experience with an appliance line, I’d love to hear from you.   Sodas and glass Perrier bottles have exploded in our U-line so we are researching different brands.

Our current kegerator is tapless and a mircrowave shelf

Perlick’s 3-tap Beer Dispenser

The matching refrigerator and kegerator are beautiful!

2 Responses to Do We Really Need a Kegerator?

  1. Lynda MARTINELLI Rahaeuser says:

    I say if you are going to do it go ALL the way and do it only once. Everything else is new why stop there.
    Good luck Janelle.

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