The Best Beer Dispensers (Kegerators) for Home Use

If you want to bring the pub into your own four walls, a beer dispenser is the best choice.
Whether it's a soccer evening with friends or a party in a shared flat,
beer dispensers enhance most events and provide freshly tapped beer.

A beer dispenser for home is a real eye-catcher at any party, in the party cellar or in the garden. The beer comes fresh and chilled into the glass.

Best Beer Dispensers For Home

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Buying advice: How to find best beer dispenser?

To ensure that you can still enjoy drinking towards the end of the evening, the system should be able to keep the beer fresh for as long as possible.
  • Most home beer dispensers are equipped with a standard 5-liter can. For the small thirst, there are also systems available that only take two-liter cans.

  • CO2 cartridges or electric pumps provide the right pressure for tapping. The simple models do not require a pump mechanism at all.

  • An important characteristic of a freshly tapped beer is its temperature. For this reason, most home beer dispensers are equipped with cooling.
Fizzics DraftPour Beer Dispenser

Fizzics DraftPour Beer Dispenser

  • Accommodates all cans and bottles, including 500ml and 750ml bottles
  • Conveniently powered with a USB Wall Adapter or 2 AA Batteries
  • Converts Any Can or Bottle Into a Nitro-Style Draft
  • Ultra-lightweight less than 4 lbs

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How does a beer dispenser work?

Especially in summer at garden parties or for public viewing, hosts do not only provide a nice ambience with the right beer tent set. With a beer dispenser you can provide a highlight and always cool and fresh beer for your guests. A beer dispenser is primarily designed to pour beer from a keg into a glass via a tap in a well-dosed and well-chilled manner.

The system usually consists of a tap, on which one or two glasses can be placed, and a tap, which is connected to the keg by a pipe system (hose). Tap systems are mainly used in the catering industry and in places where a lot of beer is drunk. The amount of beer to be dispensed from the tap into the glass can be dosed manually or automatically. Modern taps have an electronic pumping system, while older models use carbon dioxide (CO2) to move the beer from the keg into the line and finally into the glass.

Advantages:

  • Fresh, cool beer directly from the tap.
  • Ideal for parties and social gatherings.
  • Pub feeling at home.
  • Avoidance of empties and deposits.

Disadvantages:

  • Regular cleaning necessary.
  • Much waste with strong foam formation.
EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

  • Included casters for easy mobility
  • 1/2 barrel keg size allowed: 16 1/8"
  • Power: 105 W/1.5 A

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What are the care and cleaning tips for beer dispensers?

Even the best beer dispenser is not protected from dirt, germs and bacteria. To ensure that the beer comes out of the tap fresh and without germs, the beer dispenser should be cleaned regularly.

If you want to clean your beer dispenser, there are different approaches and procedures. Basically, you should take care of the dispenser and clean it regularly to prevent germs and bacteria from settling in the first place. A beer keg should not be connected to the tap for longer than 2 weeks. If you want to clean your tap system, you can consult experts for tap system technology from the catering industry who are familiar with tap system cleaning, or you can clean the small mobile tap system yourself with a few tricks.

For superficial cleaning of the dispensing equipment, a disinfectant should be used to clean the housing, the drip grid, and the tap lever. The brass and silver containers inside the beer dispenser and under the tap should be cleaned with a metal cleaner from time to time. A thin, long sponge brush can be used to clean the dispensing taps and lines. Small sponge balls are best for the inside of the line hoses and are available for purchase in various sizes. On the Internet and in well-stocked beverage stores, you can buy cleaning kits for beer taps, which contain the most important utensils for cleaning beer taps. Also, take a look at the manual or instructions for use that comes with your device.

beer dispensers to bring the pub home
Goplus Beer Tower Dispenser

Goplus Beer Tower Dispenser

  • Foot pads at the bottom add stability to the product
  • Made of premium ABS and AS, sturdy and durable
  • 3L(about 0.8gallon)

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TOP 3 Beer Dispensers

Top pick
SPT Mini Kegerator & Dispenser

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SPT Mini Kegerator & Dispenser

This attractive countertop beer dispenser is perfect for home entertainment. Chills the beer within 19 to 21 hours and stores it at the optimum temperature of 36-39 degrees Fahrenheit.
Perfect Pick
Homecraft Beer Dispencer

4,4 Rating

Homecraft Beer Dispencer

Works with ALL standard 5-Liter pressurized and non-pressurized gravity kegs as well as the included reusable growler keg. Works with standard threaded CO2/N2O cartridges helping to keep beer fresh for 30+ days.
Editor’s Pick
Oggi Beer Tower Dispenser with EZ-Pour Spigot

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Oggi Beer Tower Dispenser

Durable clear plastic tube easily holds 2. 75 quarts of your favorite beverage. The stainless steel base is weighted keeping the beer tower stable even when full. Easy to hand wash and clean.

Questions and answers about beer dispensing equipment

  1. Can I use a beer dispenser for other beverages as well?
  2. In principle, it is of course possible to use the beer dispenser for other beverages. However, most of the tap units inside the system can only be connected to 5 liter kegs or kegs specially designed for the model, such as Perfect Draft kegs. Also, be sure to thoroughly clean the lines and tap before and after using other beverages, so that no residues affect the taste or unintentionally end up beverage residue in the glass.

  3. How to set a beer tap?
  4. Adjusting beer dispensing equipment is a science in itself. Since beer contains CO2 (carbon dioxide), it is filled into the kegs under a lot of pressure, otherwise only foam would result. If the pressure is set too low in the dispenser, the carbonic acid will get into the line hose, causing a lot of foam when tapping. Therefore, it is important to choose the right pressure to avoid glasses full of beer foam when tapping. If the beer comes out of the tap foaming, the keg may be empty or it may need to rest for a while after connecting. If the foam does not decrease, the pressure should be increased.

  5. How to connect the keg to the tap?
  6. The connection between the dispenser and the keg is made through the opening on the top of the keg. After both elements are connected, you can start pouring beer with the dispensing unit.

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