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Old 05-09-2011, 05:29 AM   #1
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I bought a 15 cubic foot freezer from a garage sale today and have finally gotten SWMBO to accept it in our small apartment living room. I plan on beginning with just the cheapo picnic taps until I get the cash for faucets. What I'm wondering is any tips anyone can offer me on converting to a keezer. I'm not in a place where I have the space to build a coffen top so will be putting the taps in the side of the collar. Any tips, what you learned, wish you knew, or anything would be helpful.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:07 AM   #2
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depends on what your plans are, and your level of skill.... but if you plan on doing something like mine....

Measure twice cut once
a little trim is an eask way to cover up a poorly mitered joint
insulate with the pink foam board, it's easier to use than the white disposeable cool type stuff
if you are going to do a collar dual hinges make for greater flexibility

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I'll tell you right now, i'm probably going to do a collar, and not a coffin. Not due to skill, but due to space. I have no garage or anything, all of this work will be done in our living room. I will do the dual hinge, and the board will partially depend on what the store in my small town has. I'll keep the pink in mind.
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That's a big keezer for a "small apartment living room"!!! You could probably just go with a really thin collar (2x4 or whatnot) and not have to worry about the dual hingers.

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If I do a 2x4, how would I attach the collar to the lid? or just kinda have the lid sitting there? My whole apartment has a living room, dining room, SMALL kitchen (1 person) bathroom, and bedroom. Thats it. It is a huge keezer, but we want to have some soda taps coming out too, so it won't be 7-8 beers. She also wants me to paint it chalkboard, so I'm deciding on ways to do that.

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I just finished my keezer a couple months ago. I opted to use a real chalkboard on the front instead of paint. I had heard to many complaints about chalkboard paint especially on an appliance.

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does the real chalkboard give you any heat problems?

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If I can reco anything:

1. Get your faucets (perlick, or anything forward sealing) now. Yeah, its money you might not have, but find it, you'll love pulling the tap for a pint, and so will anyone who uses it. You probably won't heed this advice, but you should, and get as many as you think you might need now. I bought 3, have room for 5, and should have bought 5.

3. Buy, procure, whatever, as many kegs of your decided type as possible. Used ball locks are getting tougher to find at decent prices. I've watched prices on these climb inside of the 3 weeks I was planning/building mine.

2. Collar on freezer body build is MUCH simpler and easier to do, but some people (bunch of skirts if you ask me) complain (whine) about lifting a full size keg over the collar....... Its really not a big deal in practice, but for me, collar on body was much easier to build and I don't worry about the added stress on the hinges or buying a separate set of hinges. You also don't have to worry about sealing 2 separate surfaces, probably not hard either way, the choice is yours.

Half of my post should be taken lightly, especially those with reasons that don't allow them to lift a full keg over a collar, but the picnic tap thing makes me cringe. I know people's financial situations are all different, but if you are going to dedicate a freezer to something other than beef and some fish you caught, you have to go for it, spend the money now. My .02

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There isn't any heat to really worry about. The back of my keezer is still open. The chaulk board I installed is just on the front and has barn wood trim around it. I posted a couple pics yesterday in the DIY section .

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If I can reco anything:

1. Get your faucets (perlick, or anything forward sealing) now. Yeah, its money you might not have, but find it, you'll love pulling the tap for a pint, and so will anyone who uses it. You probably won't heed this advice, but you should, and get as many as you think you might need now. I bought 3, have room for 5, and should have bought 5.

3. Buy, procure, whatever, as many kegs of your decided type as possible. Used ball locks are getting tougher to find at decent prices. I've watched prices on these climb inside of the 3 weeks I was planning/building mine.

2. Collar on freezer body build is MUCH simpler and easier to do, but some people (bunch of skirts if you ask me) complain (whine) about lifting a full size keg over the collar....... Its really not a big deal in practice, but for me, collar on body was much easier to build and I don't worry about the added stress on the hinges or buying a separate set of hinges. You also don't have to worry about sealing 2 separate surfaces, probably not hard either way, the choice is yours.

Half of my post should be taken lightly, especially those with reasons that don't allow them to lift a full keg over a collar, but the picnic tap thing makes me cringe. I know people's financial situations are all different, but if you are going to dedicate a freezer to something other than beef and some fish you caught, you have to go for it, spend the money now. My .02
No, half your post should not be taken lightly. Your advice is spot on IMO. Perhaps an exception for the picnic taps. I got by with picnic taps for a long time and, while not very elegant, they got the job done at a very low cost. I added the collar and taps later on. IOW, you don't need to lay out the cash all at once. Buy the kegs. Wait awhile. Buy the freezer. Wait awhile. Buy the taps and build the collar. Lifting the kegs into the freezer is not too bad, but lifting a 6.5 gal carboy into it can be challenging, not to mention downright dangerous. Much depends on how tall you are. I prefer not to possibly disturb the integrity of the original lid seal with collar attached to lid option. Having two sealing surfaces doesn't much appeal to me either.
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