Thursday, May 25, 2006


[Someone said this at my office once and it confused me...]
Kegerator is a term used to describe a home made beer dispensing device. A keg, typically of beer, is stored in a refrigerated container in order to keep the keg chilled. The user is able to maintain a tapped keg in such a device for extended periods of time, usually a couple months, without losing any quality in the taste of the beer. Normally they are made from a refrigerator or a freezer with special equipment. The term "Kegerator" is a portmanteau combining the words keg and refrigerator.

Parts of a Kegerator

  • Co2 tank
  • Regulator
  • Coupler
  • Beer & Air Line
  • Tap
  • Tower
  • Drip Tray
  • Faucet
  • Faucet Handle

One crucial part of a kegerator is a coupler. Beverage dispensing devices, such as the kegerator, have many standards for couplers:

  • System D (Sankey) - Standard for American beer
  • System S - Common for European beer
  • System U - Specifically for Guinness
  • System G - Used by some Irish breweries
  • System A - Used by some German breweries

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