A properly installed and mainted system is very accurate. We routinely see less than a 1-2% margin of error, which is the published accuracy of the underlying flow sensor.
The Kegbot app includes a built-in calibration wizard, so you can adjust the behavior depending on your system.
Absolutely. We've built many Kegbot systems and realize one size does not fit all. Most Kegbot features are optional and can be disabled.
Yes. Kegbot Server has system-wide privacy settings. The manager of a server can place it in "Members Only" mode (only authorized users can view data), or disable all public access entirely.
In addition, Kegbot can't prevent you from pouring anonymously unless there is a solenoid valve — an optional component that most Kegbot users do not install.
Simply put, we've had the best results from inline flow sensors. They work well, don't tend to require calibration, and are available relatively cheaply. Scale-based systems we've seen have been more brittle, more expensive, or both.
That said, the sensing component is mostly decoupled from the rest of the Kegbot stack. So if a better sensor becomes available, it should be simple to add support for it, without major changes in the app or server.
No. Absorbed BAC varies from person to person (and many other factors), and can only be approximated — poorly.
Responsible drinking is a job for humans, not bots.
Kegbot was started in late 2003. By 2004, the system stabilized and mail list opened up, and in 2005, Kegbot was written up in Popular Science, MAKE Magazine, and several other places.
We're pretty certain that Kegbot was the very first open source project to bring keg volume, keg access control, and the internet all together!
The best way to get started is to send us a bug report
or pull request on Github.
You can also chat with Kegbot devs in
Right now, our focus is on supporting non-commercial, home/office users.
However, we're constantly working on new opportunities for Kegbot, and we do know of multiple commercially-installed Kegbot systems. For more information, contact our parent company, Bevbot LLC.
We've worked hard for our name! Especially because of misunderstandings in the past, we kindly ask that you do not use the Kegbot name without our prior written permission.
We always make an exception for free, open source projects that are designed
to work with the Kegbot system: for
If in doubt, get in touch! We're nice, and will try to respond quickly.