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Old 04-03-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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I guess this is more of the location for this thread, so I'm going to combine all of my other ones into this one. I'll start off by saying I have a horribly addictive personality. I just got into home brewing 2-3 weeks ago and I've already spent close to $1,500. That's another story altogether. I have 3 brews fermenting right now and they should all be done about the same time.







I got to thinking, that's gonna be right around 150 bottles. I don't have the room in the refrigerator for that, so 5 gallon kegs were the best decision, right? Well, what better way to serve beer from kegs at home than out of a kegerator? I checked out craigslist for a refrigerator and found a freebie that worked. It was in TERRIBLE condition, but it worked. I ordered a kegging kit, three 5 gallon kegs, and all the hoses and such and it's in progress. My last issue was that I wanted to find custom made tap handles. I found the inserts that you can use to make anything a tap handle, so now that's solved. Sorry for the quality, taken with phone. Anyways, here's what I started with...







I'm not even sure what was inside this thing, but it smelled awful. I spent about 2 hours alone just scrubbing it out. Then I coated the inside with bleach, closed it up, took off the old handles and started spray painting it black. Once I was done with the first few coats, I opened it up, wiped out all the bleach, and then hit it with some 409 just for good measure. I figured I wouldn't be able to open the freezer portion without opening the refrigerator portion because of the tap handles, so I put the new handle on and bolted one side to the freezer and one side to the refrigerator so the same handle opens both doors. Added some LHBS stickers, and moved it inside.







I had to cut away most of the inside molding that made the shelves on the door because I couldn't close the door with the three kegs in it. Once I cut away the molding, it holds three cornys, my CO2 canister, and there's plenty of room for all of the tubing, manifold, etc. Here's a shot of the inside of the setup, not connected, yet.







I'm waiting on the rest of the supplies to get here this week so I can drill out the holes for the taps and connect everything and hopefully get it up and running. As for the tap handles, like I'd mentioned, I'm an avid duck hunter so I found a place where I can buy hand carved decoy heads already painted so I'm going to turn them into tap handles. Also, the space between the fridge and the wall will fit 2 5 gallon carboys and I'm going to put a piece of carpet on top and put my 2 6.5 gallon carboys up there. I should be able to consolidate all of my brewing equipment to that one little room. I'll have more pictures once the stuff gets here and the project continues.

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Great idea with the decoy heads for tap handles! I just may have to steal that idea from you. Did you source them locally, or could you share a link? Maybe some goose necks and heads would be cool too.

Great looking start you have there. You made the correct decision going with kegging in my opinion.Takes a lot of work out of the equation, plus it's awesome to have fresh beer on tap.

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Great idea with the decoy heads for tap handles! I just may have to steal that idea from you. Did you source them locally, or could you share a link? Maybe some goose necks and heads would be cool too.

Great looking start you have there. You made the correct decision going with kegging in my opinion.Takes a lot of work out of the equation, plus it's awesome to have fresh beer on tap.


http://autumnwings.com/store/head_wood.html


That's where I ordered mine from. Cheap, painted, wood, easy. I ordered a woodie, a mallard, and a goose.
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I love the "addictive personality" confession front-loaded. I'm exactly the same way and am in a similar ballpark with money spent on a brand-new hobby. I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing your progress!

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I love the "addictive personality" confession front-loaded. I'm exactly the same way and am in a similar ballpark with money spent on a brand-new hobby. I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing your progress!
I should be getting more parts this week sometime and then I plan on finishing it up and putting my first batch into a keg. Hopefully it all works out and there's beer on tap next weekend!
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I just checked track and confirm on usps.com and it's telling me that my order will be delivered today. That means I should be able to put everything, except the tap handles, together tonight. More pictures to come.

Quick question, you can see the fridge I used to convert into a kegerator is highly suspect. It was filthy inside. Before I connect all the tubing and get it all set up, does anyone have any tricks for removing a foul smell? I don't know that it would, but I'd hate for it to permeate my equipment and taint the beer. Thanks in advance, updates shortly.

P.S., it's snowing here.

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I'll start off by saying I have a horribly addictive personality. I just got into home brewing 2-3 weeks ago and I've already spent close to $1,500. That's another story altogether.
I'd love to hear THAT story...i too have said addictive personality and am interested in what you've invested in. (conical fermenter?)
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nice build. try baking soda in the fridge to absorb the smell. just leave a box in there open.

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Yeah boomer baking soda should do the trick. That thing is still stinking? Use caution with the bleach and other household cleaners before you poison yourself and die. Id hate to inheret a half finished kegerator. Finish it then play with all the bleach and household cleaners youd like.

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I'd love to hear THAT story...i too have said addictive personality and am interested in what you've invested in. (conical fermenter?)
Not as much as you'd think, but prices in AK are usually higher than most other states. I've got 5 glass carboys, a 32 qt stainless brew pot, a 'Deluxe Starter Equipment Set', an auto siphon, wort chiller, several extract kits, 3 cornys, co2 tank, regulator, tubing/connectors for all of them, a 3 way manifold, 3 Perlick 525SS's, 3 SS 4" shanks, custom tap handles, 13" SS drip tray, some o rings, a wireless thermometer, and some other stuff that I can't come up with off the top of my head right now.

Needless to say, the wife said, "I should have known this was going to get out of control." Hopefully it'll pay off this weekend once my first batch is carbonated and ready to try.



Oh yeah, some memberships to local clubs and here. SWMBO's rock!
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