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Old 01-29-2009, 05:19 AM   #1
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I'm getting ready to start building my keezer, and I have a "why not" question.

I am thinking about using a 2x12 for the collar. I understand that this will add height, and make it more difficult to put kegs in. However, I can lift full cornies without any problems, so that won't be an issue. Is there any other reason not to use the 2x12?

I figure that I will run it across the joiner, and then through the plainer, so it will be more like 1 1/2 x 11 by the time that I am done.

Also, I am going to build my own co2 manifold. I figured on using copper for the main pipe, and brass ball valve fittings for each line. I know that you aren't supposed to use copper for a jockey box because of carbonic acid. Is there any reason not to use it for the main line?

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Old 01-29-2009, 06:53 AM   #2
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I can lift a full corny too but slinging it into a keezer c a r e f u l l y is a whole different story - I use a step stool when placing full ones in mine. I used a 2x8 for my collar which results in a keezer that is 40" tall (not including the lid). I barely clear the posts and connectors so have to be carefull about how I arrange the hoses so I can see the advantage of a few extra inches.

For the manifold you would also want check valves to prevent backflow.

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Old 01-29-2009, 01:45 PM   #3
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I've never built a keezer, so I may be wrong...but can't you attach the collar to the lid instead of the base? Only problem might be the weight of the lid, but I thought people have done it before. Worst case, you may need to add a prop stick.

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Old 01-29-2009, 02:16 PM   #4
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I have a collar on my keezer that is about 12" high. It's made from laminated particle board and 2 layers of foam insulation. I don't have any problem getting full Cornie's into it.

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i attached my 2x6 to the lid to avoid any of these issues. I am SOOO glad that I did that too. It takes a little (very) more work, but is totally worth it.

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Old 01-29-2009, 06:02 PM   #6
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If you use framing lumber a 2x12 is already 1 1/2" x 11 1/4". Mine is made out of 3/4" cabinet maple plywood and it is fine. About 8" tall, and I agree that if the kegs are in there tight, it can be a chore to carefully put in the last couple kegs without getting them tangled in the lines. Almost a 2 person job. One day I did it myself after a few too many and kept bumping the tap handles open.

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Another think is make sure you can reach the bottom of the freezer to clean it or grab something that fell down to the floor.

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I used a 2x10 and am very happy.

It is harder to miter the bigger wood... I ended up with a little filler and paint to take care of the sloppy joint.

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Old 01-31-2009, 07:58 AM   #9
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Plans may have changed on this whole thing. Depending on how the next few weeks go, I may just skip this step and go right to building a bar.

Part 2 of my original question still remains though. Is it safe to use copper as my gas line?

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