Suppose you’re just starting out kegging and want your own beer tap system. You’ve heard of Kegerators, but someone else has told you that a Kegerator is like a refrigerator for your beer line and to get what they call a “keezer” instead. So, what’s the difference between a Kegerator and a keezer?
Difference Between A Kegerator And A Keezer?
To start with, a Kegerator is basically just a refrigerated place to keep your beer kegs cold and dispense beer through draft lines. An alternate term you might hear for this kind of system is “keezer”.
A keezer (sometimes also spelled “keezer”) on the other hand is an entire homebrew draft beer system built into a custom build cabinet. A keezer can function as its own refrigerator or refer more accurately to the entire cooler-cabinet that houses everything needed to dispense draught beer from two, three, or even four taps: chilled CO2 gas tanks, glycol cooled serving lines & tap towers , faucets, drip trays, etc.
A keezer (also spelled keg-er or kegerator) is simply another name for an upright, self-contained draft beer dispensing system. The term originated in the homebrewing community as slang for the Keezer Box , developed by Charlie Papazian during his days at The Brewery Outlet. A keezer is essentially an icebox with taps on it used to serve beer from a keg.
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- Cost savings of a kegerator.
- Sleek, modern look can match decor better than an icebox.
- Easier to find space for than a refrigerator; if you don’t have room for a full sized model the mini-keezer is the smallest option and will take up less space on your countertop or bar. Best alternative to a Kegerator if limited on cabinet space because it doesn’t require any installation (also found here ).
- No automatic temperature control and no CO2 line filter drip tray (see: Kegerator Pros).
- Can be more difficult to clean and care for than a Kegerator as beer lines are usually visible when inside the cooler (making them easier to clean with a garden hose).
- No space for storage inside, you will have to find room in your garage, basement or closet (or forget about the kegs all together and keep them stored outside).
- Installation is more expensive than a refrigerator because of extra piping required.
- Beer gets colder faster in a Kegerator vs. Keezer so CO2 consumption is higher. (Think of it this way: you’d get drunker quicker from drinking draft directly from the tap than out of a bottle.)
A kegerator, or “chill-box”, has become popular with the mass marketing of these systems over the last few years. They are technically anything that you put your keg in to cool it, but Kegerators aren’t necessarily self-contained and may not have taps on them.
- Many models have internal refrigeration allowing for temperature control of the serving temp (depending on model).
- Cold beer is always available – no need to lift a full keg out of a refrigerator! No tapping required – just pour straight out of tap! Sometimes they come with built in taps, air pressure regulators, and other options.
- Some units even allow you to add a second keg while the other one is still on tap Cooler is always sanitary – you can just chill and forget about it until its next use.
- Some models even have digital thermostats to regulate temperature to within inches of accuracy!
- Higher price than a Keezer (unless you make your own or purchase an older model used).
- No space for storage inside, you will need to find room in your garage, basement or closet.
- A full keezer may be more space-consuming than a refrigerator with taps installed if all of the components are installed inside.
- Cold air tends to rise, so you may want a fan or circulation system Ventilation must be adequate for proper CO2 exchange when using carbon dioxide or the beer may go flat.
- Some states and municipalities have strict laws on where a kegerator can be used in the home, so check with your local authorities before purchasing one for use in a residential area.
A kegerator can be quickly converted into a Keezer by simply adding an ice chest enclosure around it if limited on cabinet space or want to save money over buying both units separately. A keezer can be turned into a Kegerator by adding taps to it and installing refrigeration inside.
A mini-keezer can take up even less space than a full keezer, but still offers the option of pouring from a tap directly out of the cooler.