Vinotemp VT - PONYKEG User Manual

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A P R O U D H E R I T A G E O F E X P E R I E N C E & Q U A L I T Y

P o n y - S i z e K e g e r a t o r

V T - P O N Y K E G

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ELECTRICAL CONNECTION ..................................


PARTS AND FEATURES........................................


INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS............................


BEER KEG SETUP ...............................................


DISPENSING BEER ............................................






CARE AND MAINTENANCE ..................................






TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS .............................


TERMS OF SALE AND WARRANTY ........................



Remove all external and internal packaging from your appliance. Be sure that all parts have been included before discarding any packaging materials. You may want to keep the box and packing materials for use at a later date.

Upon receipt and inspection of unit, the supply cord must be replaced if it is damaged. Contact our customer service at 1-800-777-8466or


-Savethese instructions-


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To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using your appliance, follow these basic precautions:

Do not operate this or any other appliance with a damaged cord.

Use two or more people to move and install appliance. Failure to do so may result in back or other injury.

Connect to properly polarized outlets only. No other appliance should be plugged into the same outlet. Be sure that the plug is fully inserted into the receptacle.

Do not run cord over carpeting or other heat insulators; do not cover cord. Keep cord away from traffic areas and do not submerge in water.

We do not recommend the use of an extension cord, as it may overheat and become a fire risk.

Unplug the appliance before cleaning it or making repairs.

Exercise caution and use reasonable supervision when appliance is used near children. Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the appliance.

Do not clean your beer dispenser with flammable fluids. Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.

Do not use solvent-basedcleaning agents or abrasives on the interior. These cleaners may damage or discolor the interior.

Do not operate with housing panels removed.

Intended for household use.

When disposing of refrigerated appliances, special handling is often required. It is the consumer’s responsibility to comply with federal and local regulations when disposing of this product.

To ensure proper ventilation for your appliance, the front of the unit must be completely unobstructed. For use in a controlled ambient location such that the ambient temperature does not exceed 90°F (32°C) and is not below 60°F (16°C).

Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your appliance unless it is specifically recommended in this manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.

Locate the unit away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc).

To protect against electric shock, do not immerse appliance, plug or cord in water or other liquids. Avoid locating the unit in moist areas.

Do not use this appliance for other than its intended purpose.

WARNING: Risk of child entrapment and suffocation. Before you throw away this or an old unit, take off the door. Leave the shelves in place, so that children may not easily climb inside.

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Improper use of the grounded plug can result in the risk of electrical shock. If the power cord is damaged, have it replaced by an authorized service center.

zThis unit should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this unit is equipped with a three-prongplug which mates with standard three prong wall outlets to minimize the possibility of electrical shock.

zDo not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong from the power cord supplied. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded.

zThis unit requires a standard 115/120 Volt AC ~/60Hz electrical outlet with three-prongground. Have the wall outlet and circuit checked by a qualified electrician to make sure the outlet is properly grounded. When a standard 2- prong wall outlet is encountered, it is your responsibility and obligation to have it replaced with a properly grounded3-prongwall outlet.

zThe fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amps.

zThe cord should be secured behind the unit and not left exposed or dangling to prevent accidental injury.

zThe unit should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet which has a voltage rating that matches the rating label on the appliance. This provides the best performance and also prevent overloading house wiring circuits that could cause a fire hazard from overheated.

zNever unplug the unit by pulling the power cord. To disconnect the appliance, always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the wall outlet.

zRepair or replace immediately all power cords that have become frayed or otherwise damaged. Do not use a cord that shows cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at either end. When moving the unit, be careful not to damage the power cord.

Extension Cord

zBecause of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, it is strongly recommended that you do not use an extension cord or power board with this unit. However, if you must use an extension cord it is absolutely necessary that it be a UL/CUL-Listed,3-wiregrounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding type plug and outlet and that the electrical rating of the cord be 115 volts and at least 10 amperes.


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Beer Tower


CO2 Gas Cylinder Holder


Mylar Washer




Safety Guardrail


Reversible Door


Drip Tray


Beer Keg (Not Included)


Adjustable Thermostat


Metal Plate





Metal Bracket (2)



Gas Cylinder


Castors (4)

(Note: If unit has been placed in a horizontal or tilted position for any period of time, wait 2 hours before connecting to power.)

For your safety, CO2 Gas Cylinders are shipped empty. Most locations which sell kegs will either be able to fill your cylinder or direct you to another nearby location to do so.

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Before Using Your Beer Dispenser

Remove all exterior and interior packing materials. This includes foam base and any adhesive tape holding accessories both inside and outside the unit.

Check to be sure you have all o the following parts:

• 1 Instruction manual

• 1 Beer Tower Assembly

• 1 Safety Guard Rail

• 1 Pull Handle (Beer Tower Faucet)

• 1 Drip Tray (2 Pieces)

• 1 Metal Wrench

• 1 CO2 Cylinder Holder

• 4 Plugs (For Guard Rail Holes)

• 1 CO2

Regulator (Box)

• 1 Metal Plate for Cabinet Bottom

• 1


Empty Cylinder (Box)

• 2

Steel Wire Shelves

• 1


Air Line Hose (Red)

• 1

Steel Clamp for Red Hose

• 2


Hose Connectors

• 1

Beer Tower Top Plastic Cover

• 1

Beer Keg Coupler (Box)

• 4

Castors with Lock

Before connecting the Beer Dispenser to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 2 hours. This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling during transportation.

Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.

Installation of Your Beer Dispenser

This appliance is designed to be free standing only, and should not be recessed or built-in.

Place your kegerator on a dry, flat surface that is strong enough to support the beer dispenser when it is fully loaded.

Allow 3 inches of space between the back and sides of the beer dispenser, which allows proper air circulation to cool the compressor and condenser.

Locate the beer dispenser away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc.). Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical consumption. Extreme cold ambient temperatures may also cause the beer dispenser not to perform properly. This unit is not designed for outdoor installation (i.e. garages, porches, etc.)

Avoid locating the Beer Dispenser in moist areas.

Plug the beer dispenser into an exclusive, properly installed-groundedwall outlet. Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. Any questions concerning power and or grounding should be directed toward a certified electrician or an authorized Vinotemp service technician.

After plugging the appliance into a wall outlet, allow the unit to cool down for 2-3hours before placing any contents in the beer dispenser compartment.

Reversing the Door Swing of Your Appliance

zThis appliance has the capability of the door opening from either the left or right side. The unit is delivered to you with the door opening from the left side. Should you desire to reverse the opening direction, please see below instructions:

1.Be very careful when tilting appliance to side to get bottom door hinge.

2.Undo the three screws in each bracket using a Philips screwdriver (not included).

3.Remove the screws and bracket from cabinet and set aside for later use.

4.Slide the fridge door down about 6” and off the top hinge pin. Lift away from cabinet body.

5.Using a flathead screwdriver (not included), remove the pin from the top bracket. Replace it in the hinge bracket on the opposite side.

6.Remove the screw from the bottom of the fridge door on the side where bracket is to be re-fittedand replace on other side of door (where bracket was


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previously removed from).

7.Carefully slide the fridge door back on to the top hinge, making sure it’s the right way up. Screw the bottom hinge into place on the new side.

8.Check that door is aligned horizontally and vertically and that the seals are closed on all sides before finally tightening the bottom hinge. Re-adjustthe leveling feet as needed.

9.If cooler has been on its side or tilted, always wait several hours before reconnecting to power source to allow the refrigerants to settle.

Installing the Castors

zRemove the 4 castors from one of the boxes inside the unit. Install the two castors with metal bracket at the front designated positions of the cabinet base and the additional two castors at the rear-designatedpositions (Four screw holes are presupplied).

zIn order to release or lock the brake, follow the below guide.

Stepd own to Brake

Step on to Release Brake

Kegerator Assembly

Place the gasket over the hole opening on the worktop.

Pass both the wing nut and the beer tube through the hole on the worktop until the beer tap is resting on top of the cabinet.

Revolve the beer tap clockwise and secure it.

Spanner faucet wrench provided for either removing or tightening connection.

Attach the black plastic lever (pull handle) provided on the top of the faucet tightening it by hand clockwise until the end, holding in the silver snug underneath so it does not move. (See Figure 1)

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If there is still a small drip from the faucet, you may have tightened the plastic lever too much and may need to unscrew silver snug counter-clockwise(as shown in Figure 2) one turn. That should correct the problem if exists.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Installing the CO2 Regulator and CO2 Cylinder

zInstall the CO2 gas line tube to the regulator by attaching one end of the red tube to the hose barb connection on the CO2 regulator. Secure the tube by using one of the twoself-lockingblack plasticsnap-onclamps. Use pliers (not supplied) to snap the clamp on tightly to ensure that there are no leaks.

zInsert a special washer (provided with the kit) into the regulator to the cylinder attachment nut.

zAttach the CO2 regulator to the CO2 cylinder by screwing the regulator nut onto the cylinder valve and tightening with an adjustable wrench.

zRemove the bolt with the nut from the cylinder retainer. Using two screws attach it inside the unit on the left side of the back wall. (Holes are predrilled and screws are included)

zSlide the cylinder through the retainer and secure it with the bolt and the nut. Position the cylinder in a way that you would be able to read the numbers on the gauges and easily access shut-offvalves.

WARNING: CO2 gas can be dangerous; CO2 cylinders containhigh-pressurecompressed gas which can be hazardous if not handled properly. Make sure youREAD andUNDERSTAND the following procedures for CO2 cylindersBEFORE INSTALLATION.

1.ALWAYS connect the CO2 cylinder to a regulator. Failure to do so could result in explosion with possible death or injury when the cylinder valve is opened.

2.NEVER connect the CO2 cylinder directly to the product container.

3.ALWAYS follow correct procedures when cylinders are changed.

4.ALWAYS secure the cylinder in an upright position.

5.NEVER drop or throw a CO2 cylinder.

6.ALWAYS keep a CO2 cylinder away from heat. Store extra cylinders in a cool place (preferably 70°F). Securely fasten with a chain in an upright position when storing.

7.ALWAYS ventilate and leave the area immediately if CO2 leakage has occurred.

8.ALWAYS check the D.O.T. test date on the cylinder neck before installation. If over five (5) years, do not use, return cylinder to gas supplier.

9.NEVER connect a product container unless there are two (2) safety’s in the pressure system:

a.One at or on the CO2 regulator

b.One at or on the product coupler or in the pressure gas line.


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Installation Of the Keg Coupler

Insert the keg coupler provided into the locking neck of the beer keg and turn it clockwise to lock into position, making sure the keg coupler is in the closed position. (See Figure 3)

Figure 3

Installation of the CO2 Air Line Hose

Attach the end of the red hose provided to the hose connection on the keg coupler. Secure hose by using the connector and make sure there are no leaks.

Installation of Protective Metal Plate

This plate should always be installed when the keg is in place to protect against unnecessary damage to the floor of the cabinet liner.

Installation of the Beer Keg

Position the beer keg directly in front of the open door. Using keg handles only, carefully lift the beer keg. (See Figure 4)

To place the beer keg inside the cabinet, brace your knees behind the beer keg. Lift the front of the keg just enough so the front edge of the keg is resting on the front edge of the Beer Dispenser bottom cabinet. (See Figure 5)

Grasp the keg handles and slide it all the way into the cabinet.

Figure 4

Figure 5


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Connecting the Beer Tower to Coupler

Make sure the washer is properly inserted into the wing nut.

Place wing nut into the top of the coupler turning until tight.

How to Tap a Keg of Beer

Make sure the beer tower faucet is in the closed position.

Pull tapping handle out and press downward until it locks into position. (See Figure 8) The keg is now tapped.

Opening the CO2 Cylinder Main Valve

Before doing that, make sure the secondary shut-offvalve is closed, as shown in figure

9. To open the main CO2 cylinder valve, slowly turn the main valvecounter-clockwiseuntil fully open.

Notice the needle on the gauge start to climb.

Adjusting the CO2 Regulator

The gauge monitors low internal keg pressure and should be adjusted to read 10-12PSI. (See Figure 10)

In order to do that:

1.Release adjustment lock nut marked 2.

2.Using a flat screwdriver, turn regulator screw marked 3. If increased low pressure is sought, rotate screw clockwise. By rotating it counter clockwise, low pressure will be decreased. When required operating pressure is attained, retighten lock nut 2.

3.Open secondary shut off valve to let CO2 flow into the keg.

Figure 8

Figure 9

Figure 10


Keep beer keg refrigerated at all times.

Never allow beer lines to dry out.

Use clean beer glassware before pouring.

Hold glass at a 45° angle; when 2/3 full, start to straighten glass and tap it off.

Always make sure the faucet handle is pushed all the way back.

Keg Storage Capacity:




1/4 barrel

30 Liters

7.8 gals.

992 oz.

82 / 12-oz.Glass

1/6 barrel

20 Liters

5.2 gals.

661 oz.

55 / 12-oz.Glass

1/8 barrel

15 Liters

4.0 gals.

496 oz.

41 / 12-oz.Glass

NOTE: Not all keg brands are the same shape/size. Our Beer dispenser accepts almost all Brand Name kegs. However, Coors’ kegs as well as some other kegs with rubberized protective covers may not fit in unit.


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