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Kegerator Review: Frosty Keg/Keggermeister KM2800/Avanti BD7000

Great Northern Stainless Steel Kegerator Beer Dispenser RefrigeratorI originally purchased the Frosty Keg kegerator myself, and I love it.

Since then, I have been doing a great deal of research on it to help others, and I have found that it appears to be the same as the Keggermeister KM2800 kegerator and the Avanti BD7000 Beer Dispenser.

From what I can tell, there are a few differences, but they all appear to use the same fridge unit as well as tower/tap/rail/tray components.  Read more to find out what I found.

 

Kegerator Review: Keggermeister KM2800/Frosty Keg/Avanti BD700

 

As I said, I purchased the Frosty Keg from Great Northern Popcorn Company about two years ago. As an experienced home brewer, I was interested in getting something that looked good. I previously had built my own kegerator out of a chest freezer, but between a few goofs and the fact that I didn’t like the way it looked with my new leather living room, I decided to get a pre-built kegerator.

This review will be based on my experience with the Frosty Keg, as well as any information I found while researching the other two versions.

While I have no clue which is the original or if any of these are actually the original branding, my guess is that it is originally sold by Avanti. The problem is that all the warranties are different and are supported differently.

If you happen to own one of these models and can give me some extra information, I would really appreciate it.  You can reach me via the contact page.

Description

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This unit (in all its forms) is slick looking and versatile single tap kegerator that is quite capable of meeting your draft beer dispensing needs at home.  With the refrigerator door available in either a black matte finish or stainless steel, this kegerator is a great pick for those who enjoy good looks as well as cold beer.

Features

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This kegerator comes as a complete solution for dispensing draft beer in your own home. It features a quiet, auto-defrosting fridge that’s large enough to accept standardized ½ barrel kegs. It looks sharp too, with its front door available in either stainless steel or black.

  • Accepts full-size kegs (1/2 barrel), pony kegs (1/4 barrel), or 2 5-gallon kegs (Commercial Sankey/System D couplers)
  • Adjustable temperature control and auto defrost
  • Sharp looking semi-gloss black tower and black with polished chrome single tap
  • 3-sided polished chrome guard rail around top work surface allows you to store beer glasses and mugs securely
  • Wheel it anywhere in your home – casters are durable and smooth enough even on carpet
  • Tough enough that it’s been UL-approved for commercial use
  • You don’t need to worry about which way the door will open when planning where to place it – the door can be installed to open on the side of your choice
  • This model can convert to mini fridge if you find you don’t enjoy it as a kegerator

Click here to skip to my price comparison between the models.

 

What’s Included?

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The whole unit when set up weighs about 85lbs with no keg, and measures in at 48″ H x 22″ W x 26″ D.  Those are my measurements with the wheels on.

Along with the kegerator itself, it ships with a removable chrome drip tray, black and polished chrome tower, tap and handle, and CO2 tank pressure gauge, and an empty 5 lb. Co2 tank as well as all the parts needed to get it up and running.

Please note that while I can’t confirm this at this time, one difference is that appears that the BD7000 and the Keggermeister models come with only a tank pressure regulator, while my Frosty Keg came with a dual gauge that included both tank pressure and beer line pressure.  It also appears the Avanti BD7000 does not come with castors and must be ordered separately from Avanti.  I am attempting to contact each company to get the full specs for each unit.

 

Setup and Installation

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One of the biggest praises I have for the Frosty Keg is the well-documented user manual and ease of installation. It arrives in a very solid box with more than adequate packaging with all of its parts properly grouped together. I’ve heard the same is true for the Keggermeister KM2800SS/KM2800BK, but I can’t find the manual online. And so far, I’ve found next to no information at all on the Avanti BD7000.

Anyone with basic tool skills shouldn’t have any problems getting it up and running in 30 minutes or less, but it might be a good idea to sit down and learn what each part of your system does before putting it together in case you have to go through and troubleshoot, which is quite common when first setting up this type of kegerator.

As with any kegerator, you should always check the lines for leaks before tapping your first keg. Some reviewers have noted that the gas line needed to be replaced after learning that they have lost an entire tank of CO2. This is a very cheap and easy replacement.

 

Customer Satisfaction

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Most people seem very satisfied with the Frosty Keg version, but it seems to me there are a few people who are very unhappy with the Keggermeister KM2800. When the reviews are positive in nature, they seem to be stellar, but there are quite a few bad reviews too.

Fortunately, most of the bad reviews I found were based on inexperienced users facing easy-to-solve issues such as the unit’s temperature control adjustment and proper CO2 pressure. Don’t take these sour reviews to heart – many people jump into a kegerator purchase with both feet before really understanding how much fine tuning these systems need.

However, there are a few customers that have complained about defective parts, but fortunately the parts in question are all very cheap and easy to replace without having to return the unit to the manufacturer.

And as for the Avanti BD7000, I found a few forums with people talking about it that seem quite happy with it, even if it took a little work to get it working right. Otherwise, not much information.

 

Common Problems and Solutions

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The most common complaint I hear about these kegerators is that when first running the unit, beer comes out as nothing but foam. I can’t tell you how common this is for any kegerator that costs less than $1200.

When you first set your kegerator up and tap your preferably chilled keg, don’t crank open the CO2. Note that on the Keggermeister and Avanti models,  the included regulator only displays the tank pressure, and not your beer line pressure. If you have a tire pressure gauge, you can take beer line pressure reading on the gauge’s nub.

If you already have too much pressure, check your manual on how to properly depressurize your keg, and then turn on your CO2 slowly to set your pressure, and test until your beer pours properly.

Also check your beer’s temperature. If it’s too warm, your beer will not poor properly, no matter how much you try. Each beer has a guideline for what temperature it should be poured at – check with your brewer to see what temp your beer should be at.

If you still have foam problems, the last suggestion I have is to replace the beer line with a longer piece of hose. Opt for about 5’, as the extra 3 feet will give the beer flow added resistance before it hits your tap.

You can also read up on common kegerator problems.

 

Recommended Upgrades

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Make it Home Brew Compatible

If you’re using Cornelius kegs to keg your beer, you will need to switch out your couplers to allow the Keggermeister KM2800 to tap into your home brew. You can see what I’m talking about here. Just make sure to buy the right couplers for your kegs – mine are ball-lock style, as shown there.

Insulate your Tower

One of the many things that kegerators of this style have in common is that the towers don’t come insulated, leaving the first pour in any session warm. Keep your beer lines cool by insulating the tower, and consider adding a fan for increased circulation.

Get a Dual Pressure Gauge

This isn’t applicable to the Frosty Keg, but is for the Avanti and Keggermeister. Because the regulator that comes with the unit only reads the tank pressure, you might want to upgrade to a Dual Gauge system so that you can easily read your beer line pressure as well. Advantages of this are that you always know what pressure your beer is at, and allows you to easily troubleshoot foamy beer problems. This one[/easyazon-link] comes highly recommended.

 

Pros & Cons

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Pros:

  • Nice and quiet unit – runs at a very minimal noise level
  • Looks great and once adjusted, serves beer very well
  • Not all kegerators come with auto defrost, so that is a definite plus
  • Very quiet compared to other models in its price range

 


Cons:

  • Does not accept Coors Bulge Kegs, but I haven’t run across a kegerator this size that does. Make sure that when you purchase a keg, it is in a standard sized keg. Note that Coors doesn’t always use Bulge style kegs. If you have a Coors brand you love, someone somewhere probably has it in a standard keg.
  • Your cool tap handle probably won’t fit on this tap – My faucet’s threads are metric
  • Rear seated tap can get sticky after a few uses, but that’s common with this tap style
  • Customer reviews might seem a bit off-putting to some.  I personally think that for the price, it’s a great deal.

 

Price

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Coming in at less than $600, I really don’t see these as a particularly bad deal, although there are cheaper units out there. I feel that the price greatly reflects the quality of the refrigeration unit itself, as well as all of the chrome detailing found in the display part of the draft system.

Of course, if you want the stainless steel door over the black enameled door, be prepared to pay extra.

NOTE: This was written WAAAAY back in 2011. I plan on overhauling this entire site, but it won’t be for a while yet. I’m trying to keep links updated.

Frosty Keg:

Keggermeister:

Avanti:

 

Conclusion: Do Any Of These Versions Make A Good Kegerator?

Yes, I believe any one of them would, as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into.  Expecting a cheap home kegerator to work beautifully is like expecting boxed Mac & Cheese to taste like a gourmet version, only in the case of kegerators, it’s more about fine tuning to get it to work like a commercial kegerator.

 

13 thoughts on “Kegerator Review: Frosty Keg/Keggermeister KM2800/Avanti BD7000”

    1. Is that with a keg loaded in it or empty? Have you insulated your tower?

      If that’s loaded, you might just be having circulation problems. You can buy a small desk fan, and that might get you down a few degrees.

      If that’s your temp when the kegerator is empty, you may need to get an appliance tech in to calibrate your thermostat. This isn’t an expensive repair – I’d guess around $50 or so, since it sounds like the thermostat is working otherwise

      If this is a new kegerator, talk to either the store where you bought it or the manufacturer. A simple service call like this could be covered by your warranty.

      I wouldn’t try adjusting it on your own – a wrong move might cause your thermostat to stop working entirely.

      Let us know what happens.

      1. Thanks, Beerman, you beat me to it.

        I just wanted to add that this is a problem MOST mini-fridge kegerators have. In fact, I’ve never heard of one that at least a few people experience this very problem. Even if you buy a mini fridge to convert into a kegerator yourself, there’s a chance that the thermostat will need to be calibrated.

    1. If you can use a wrench, you can put this thing together. It takes a bit of time, but the instructions are clear. I’d lay everything out beforehand to get a good idea what all the parts are and where they go before you start assembling it. That will make it easier too.

  1. Thought I’d let you know that I picked up a frosty keg, and I didn’t have any problems with keeping the keg cold, but I did need to change out the beer line. Thanks for recommending that.

    1. Hi Ryan,

      You can fit two Corny kegs into it fairly comfortably. Keep in mind that you will need to change out the tower if you want to connect both kegs at the same time, as well as change out the fittings to accept which ever style of Corny kegs you’re planning on using.

      Hope that helps.

      Ron

  2. I’ve been using my keggermeister kegaorator for almost 6 moths now, and just the other day it stopped working? The unit is plugged in but it is not turning on, not keeping cold, no sound indicating that it’s refrigerating?

    I’ve tried flipping the breaker for the outlet already.

    Any ideas for troubleshooting?????

    1. Hi Brodie – sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I just got back from my holidays.

      The first thing I would check is to make sure that outlet is working. You said you flipped the breaker – try plugging a hair dryer or something in it to make sure it isn’t the kegorator.

      If the outlet is fine, then it’s the unit. I’m no appliance tech, but it sounds like the fan has stopped working. Sometimes it’s just frozen up from lack of circulation. What you can try to do is unplug it, unload the keg, and let it defrost overnight.

      If that doesn’t do it, then your fan is probably shot and will need to be replaced.

      Hope that helps.
      Ron

  3. I just got the Frosty Keg as a wedding gift and would like to insulate the tower, add a fan, and move the temp sensor. Do you have any insight as to how to do this or a link you could post or send me? I’ve heard Great Stuff may work, but it could also ruin my tower. Will fiberglass insulation and duct tape work just as good for insulating the tower?

    1. Hi Brandon,

      I would be paranoid about using Great Stuff as an insulator because I really don’t expect it to be food grade. If it is, then I will stand corrected.

      With that said, you’ll want to use an insulation that takes up as little room as possible to allow for proper air flow from your fridge into the tower. Fiberglass won’t work either, because if you pack the tower, you will restrict air flow and your lines inside the tower will eventually warm up.

      I have no idea what it’s called, but I like to use a doubled sheet of white foam sheet insulation – about 1/4″ thick – I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I’ve never used any tape because it stays in place on its own. That will be enough insulation to keep the lines cool in conjunction with a small fan sitting on top of your keg pointing at the base of the tower.

      As for the temp sensor, I can’t help you out right now, but I am waiting for a response from Great Northern. Apparently there’s a video floating around somewhere, but I have yet to find it. I’ll take a look at mine when I get home.

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