Setting Up a Commercial Kegerator
What do you need to set up a Commercial Kegerator?
There are quite a few options when creating your kegerator set up. The first step is to decide what type of beer or other beverage you want to dispense, and how many kegs you will have in your kegerator. Once you have that information, you can make some decisions.
Gas for a Kegerator Set Up
The most common gas used for kegerators is CO2. You will need to find a distributor in your area who can provide tanks and refills as needed. Stout beer, like Guinness, nitro coffee and wine use nitrogen gas or a blend of both. You kegerator gas tank can go inside or outside the kegerator, depending on space. For outside use, you will need to drill through a punch out area available on the side of the kegerator.
Kegerator Gas Regulator Set Up
Once you have determined your preferences, you can choose a CO2 regulator or Nitrogen Regulator. You can also set up both in one kegerator if you like! Standard CO2 regulators are available in single pressure, split single pressure (Y regulator) or dual pressure. Different types of beer are dispensed at different pressures, and you will need to know these to set up your kegerator correctly, based on your beer selection.
Splitting Gas Lines for Kegerator Set Up
There are options for sharing a single tank of CO2 between multiple kegs as well. If you want more than 2 types of beer in your kegerator, you can use manifold splitters to distribute the CO2. A manifold splitter does not offer individual line pressure regulation, but is easier to access for shut of because it can be mounted outside in a convenient location.
Gas Lines and Clamps
To set up the kegerator gas distribution, you will need a gas line and 2 clamps for each keg and for each manifold splitter if you use them. Our gas line and clamps are red for easier identification.
Keg Coupler Set Up
The kegerator gas line from the regulator or manifold splitter will connect to the keg coupler. Most U.S. kegs have type D connections, and those com standard with PEAKCOLD kegerators. German, European and Stout beers use different connections, so be sure to purchase the right one. The best place to confirm is with your beer distributor or store. Here is a basic guide to the different Keg Coupler Systems:
“S” = European Sankey
“A” = German Slider
“G” = Bass/Caffrey’s
“HS” = Hoff Stevens
“U” = Guiness/Harp
Kegerator Beer Line Set Up
From the keg coupler to the spout, you will need beer lines and clamps. These are included with either a PEAKCOLD kegerator or a beer tower purchase. You will need one line for each keg.
Kegerator Towers, Taps and Spouts
All PEAK COLD kegerators come with one or two double tap towers for 2 or 4 different kegs. We also sell and single tap tower, a triple tap tower and a stout tower for nitrogen gas.
Once you know what types of beer or beverages you want to dispense from your commercial kegerator, you can follow the diagrams below to be sure you purchase the right components to make your kegerator set up complete. If you need help, we are available to answer questions at 833-743-8880. Or send us a note using our contact page and we will get back to you.
A – Kegerator Tower; available in 1, 2 or 3 tap styles
B – Beverage & Beer Lines and Clamps; included with kegerator and separate towers
C – Keg Coupler; D type included with PEAK COLD kegerator purchase, S, U and D Stainless Steel type available
D – Gas Lines and Clamps; included with each regulator and manifold purchase in 5′ length
E – Gas Pressure Regulator; available in single, Y split, double and nitrogen
F – Gas Line Manifold Splitter; available in 2, 3 or 4 split