The Kegerator PC
Welcome to my first worklog. This isn't exactly a CarPC install persay, but, I've lurked here for a long time, and many of these installs have inspired my new project which will incorporate many CarPC ideas and themes, but I digress...
For a long time I've always admired carputers, and my first real install was in my 1988 restored Cougar, which I'll post about later. I've also really appreciated great kegerators. So my goal for this project is to restore an old fridge, convert it to a kegerator, and implement many CarPC ideas as I go along.
First, what I want my kegerator to do:
1] Dispense cold beer.
2] Display streaming information on a LCD screen such as race stats, photos, keg information, sports scores, and weather forecast.
3] Serve as an audio device by incorporating sound, head unit, antenna, satellite radio unit, and streaming MP3s; all contained within the fridge itself.
4] Look sharp.
5] Run WindowsXP Professional with TightTNC.
What I have already:
A functioning, mechanically updated 1959 GE fridge.
A 17 inch Acer LCD monitor.
An Intel P4 mobo with 2.4 P4 and 512 PC2700.
A 40GB 2.5 inch drive with IDE adapter.
A 350w Antec power supply with "snakeskin" cable wraps.
What I need:
A cheap head unit; I am currently looking at the Sony CDX-GT110 from the Xplod series.
A relatively basic stereo setup. I'm not a brand-whore, however, I am looking for cheap and standard for this project. For the sake of continuity, I'm going with a pair of xPlod series speakers.
I won't be installing a subwoofer; I don't really need a thumping bass. Most of the audio played by the head unit/satellite radio will be sports scores and NASCAR standings. [And the occasional talk-radio program.] Most of the audio being played by the PC through these speakers will be nothing that requires a solid bass.
A 12V AC-DC inverter; I would greatly appreciate any suggestions for a good AC-DC unit. I would prefer something with posts and a built in fuse system. Any suggestions?
Various audio wires, PC cables, etc; I have all of this, but it is too tedious to post.
Ideas I want to incorporate but haven't figured out just yet...
The keg is going to be CO2 charged with an accompanying 15 pound CO2 tank, regulators, tap, etcetera. What I want to do is monitor the CO2 level or pressure, as well as an estimate of how much beer has been dispensed or is left.
I've been trolling the forums and site over at BarMonkey a lot and I feel that with more research and a little customizing of their software / hardware setup, that I can accomplish what I need. Any suggestions?
I've also thought about systems that NOS users use for their carPC setups, but I just don't know a lot about how their cannisters are measured by computer. Can any nitrous users explain?
To Be Continued; again...
lol, I can't wait to see the pictures from this. Good luck!
I can tell that your beer must be really important to you , good luck
I've ordered a new camera so that I can provide some quality pictures for you all. I've also decided on a paint scheme for the fridge; just a nice gloss black with silver race stripes. No answer on the NOS/CO2 monitoring though, can anyone help? [I also bought a new-to-me Jetta TDI, so I'll be working quickly to finish the fridge so I can work on the car. Thanks to all the PMs with advice. I'll be sure to credit everyone who has helped me.
I've always thought being able to install like a super small fridge instead of the little compartment they have for your wallet or whatever would be sweet. I'm excited to see how this turns out for ya.