Atosa MKC58 kegerator / Super Deluxe review Jul 25, 2020 15:02:10 GMT 10, Post #71809 cliffo and hefevice like this
Post by miceandgods on Jul 25, 2020 15:02:10 GMT 10
Hi guys, I couldn't find much info on this model (Atosa MKC58) when I researched so thought I'd start a thread to document my findings/feedback. I'll add to it as time goes by.
So I wanted to upgrade my old fridge shank set up and I went searching for a commercial counter fridge to convert to a kegerator using some of the collected fonts/drip trays I already have. Most I looked at were not high enough inside to take a cornie & disconnect. Ended up going to a commercial catering equipment supplier and almost buying a "Back Counter Fridge" (Atosa MBB59G if you're keeping score) but ended up with the MKC58 which is the same 'frame and guts essentially but factory set up for kegging.. and it was the same price. The thought of possibly voiding the 4 year parts and 2 year labour warranty to drill font holes in the top was another bonus.
While further searching about this fridge I noticed the KK Super deluxe 2 door seemed suspiciously like the version of mine with glass doors and no manufacturer badge. The description and specs were, let's say, close enough for me to hypothesize they're the same unit. But I believe KK ship without fonts, taps, gas manifolds & keg couplers.
Anyway, the Kegerator arrived. Fit & finish looks good, included inside were 2x2 tap interior insulated air cooled plumbed chrome fonts w/taps, handles & all mounting hardware, 2x2 way gas ball valve manifolds, 4x S-type commercial keg adaptors & screw on barb fittings, 2x font air hoses & 4x keys for door locks.
I was happy to find my fonts fit through the factory font holes so bolted them on to upgrade to 6 taps (fridge could comfortably hold ~9 cornies + gas bottle). I'm slightly concerned about using the flooded fonts and how much they will act like heat exchangers vs the supplied insulated fonts. More thinking to be done here. The pressed in drip tray is nice and drains through a hose to a drain in the bottom of the fridge which in turn drains out the bottom front (I put a bottle under the hose in the fridge). The drip tray width is right on the limit for my 2x3 tap fonts so will likely sit a bigger drip tray on top.
The compressor/fan cycle is noticeably louder than a new domestic fridge but not overly imposing. I wouldn't put it in the bed room or next to the tv though. One thing I have noticed is the compressor currently runs for about 5 mins 1-2 times an hour with a half full fridge to drop from 5.9 to 1.9 but the fans randomly comes on every ~5 to 20 minutes in between compressor cycles. It's much more quiet than the compressor but the frequency is a tad annoying. I plan on putting a 12v silent fan inside to constantly recirc the air and believe the controller fan management can be changed.
Plumbed in a 4 port gas manifold (with split each with a push in Y splitter to get 8).
Plenty more to do, only had it less than a week.