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Old 10-11-2013, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default Five tap keezer build - comments welcome

So with a recent bonus from work, I'm blowing part of it on a keezer build. I'm going with the GE 7 cf, and building an 8" collar. I plan on having up to five kegs (currently three), with external CO2 and Beergas tanks.

I already have a 5# CO2 with dual regulator and some MFL QDs, so I plan on running that into the 4-way secondary for most of the kegs. I decided to go with secondary regulators to have more control over each beer. The Beergas tank will have its own regulator and will be dedicated to whatever stout happens to be on tap at that time. I'm going to drill holes in the back of the collar for the gas lines. I don't want to modify the freezer in any permanent way.

  1. Chest Freezer - http://tinyurl.com/mgelmst - $198
  2. Perlick Combo - http://tinyurl.com/p73oubk x4 - $228
  3. 4-way Secondary Regulator - http://tinyurl.com/p2xbdzj - $175
  4. Kegco Line Cleaner - http://tinyurl.com/lb7b4jf - $50
  5. Ball Lock MFL Coupler - http://tinyurl.com/n5hsyfv x4 - $64
  6. Johnson A419 - http://tinyurl.com/m2vkh4o x2 - $150

Not included is a stout tap (Guinness from eBay, $30), recirc fan (eBay, $15), drip tray (eBay, $30 for 19" SS), hose line (McMaster Carr, $25), clamps, etc., as well as supplies for the collar. I estimate the total to be around $1200.

Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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Why 2 temp controllers? I've found the ranco for a little over $50.....

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Where are the pics? MUST HAVE PICS!@

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Also....I'd be surprised if you needed 4 different regulators to serve 4 kegs. Most ales are served at the same pressure/carbonation. I you have the cash to blow go for it, but if you are trying to save some cash you could go with something less here.

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Believe he's describing the target before putting a hole through the bullseye. Then he will be able to hang the pictures at the range for all to admire. (did I get the analogy right?)
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Why 2 temp controllers? I've found the ranco for a little over $50.....
Sorry, one of the regulators is for my mini-fridge, soon to be converted to a ferm chamber. As to the Ranco, yeah, I can also get the cord-less A419 for about the same. Figured by the time I buy an extension cord, chop it off, install it, etc., I'm looking at about the same cost.


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I also would be surprised, but why the hell not. The 3 reg model is only $50 less, so I'm not saving a ton. I couldn't find a 2 reg with check valves, which I'd prefer to have.

Pictures - this hasn't been built yet Fear not, I'll post 'em up once it's WIP and/or done.
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Perlicks are the only way to go, nuff said.

Check the for sale forums or E-bay/CL for used regs and purchase a CO2 splitter with the check valves you need.

Forget the line cleaner kit, its a PITA to use. For that kind of money I would purchase an additional keg, add some cleaning solution and run it through the taps when they need it.

The Johnson temp controllers are way overpriced IMO. Check out the thread Aquarium Temp Controllers, wire them up yourself for a lot less than the Johnson models.

Don't forget to post pics!

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Old 10-11-2013, 03:18 PM   #8
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I believe the Johnson controller is a single stage (only heats or cools, not both). It's not a great choice for a fermentation chamber controller, since you'll want both cooling and heating.

I use an A419 on my kegerator, and a STC-1000 for my fermentation freezer. I bought the A419 before I knew about the STC-1000, could've saved myself some $$.

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Perlicks are the only way to go, nuff said.

Check the for sale forums or E-bay/CL for used regs and purchase a CO2 splitter with the check valves you need.

Forget the line cleaner kit, its a PITA to use. For that kind of money I would purchase an additional keg, add some cleaning solution and run it through the taps when they need it.

The Johnson temp controllers are way overpriced IMO. Check out the thread Aquarium Temp Controllers, wire them up yourself for a lot less than the Johnson models.

Don't forget to post pics!
After looking through eBay, classifieds, etc., I'm still going to go with the 4-way. I want the flexibility for whatever, plus just because.

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CO2 --> Primary Regulator --> 2 way manifold --> 4 way regulator --> Kegs
                                             --> Beergun
Beergas --> Primary Regulator --> Stout Keg
After looking at the prices on the aquarium controllers and extension cords on Amazon, I opted to go with those - thanks for the advice. I was thinking I'd only be saving like $30, but it actually ended up being about $80. Well worth it.

Also thanks for the keg idea - I don't know why I didn't think of that.
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I'm agreeing with TimL on the STC-1000, great little device for $20-30 and you can run a heater and your frig from it to maintain perfect temp control. Has a probe you can attach to your fermentation vessel and you are good to go. Here is a very nice thread on how to put together a full two channel control system: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-parts-261506/

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