Wanted to build a keezer and browsed the countless keezer threads. Big props to all those who came before me for posting theirs and helping/inspiring me.
Special props to Smarch0, as I basically completely ripped his design off!
This ended up costing me way more than I anticipated, but over all I love the thing. The only original part was using Envirotex poured epoxy for the surface with some grains set in. I should have spent more time on the grain design, but ah well. so, some pics:
Wishing I had a pickup truck, SWMBO was kind enough to drive me back from the depot.
Used a dark stain to match the coffee+end tables in the living room. Went with 3 Perlicks and 1 stout faucet.
LED's with plastic I used frosting spray on:
SWMBO getting some tile on:
My very hi-tech tool for punching holes in the 1" styrofoam for the draft lines and gas lines.
Instead of drilling holes to go to the coffin portion, I just dremmled a large square hole in the top and lined it up nice with more styrofoam. Hoping it doesn't vary in temp too badly. I left the light wires from the lid incase I need to rig up a fan later.
Freezer I got off Craigslist for $107 bucks.
Its a GE 7.1 Cubic Feet. It only fits 4 corny's on the floor, and a case of beer or two on the hump.
I used Envirotex lite for the top. I ran a few test runs about the size of a coaster to get a process down as I couldn't find much on putting things like grains in the stuff.
This was the process:
1- Poured ~26oz on the surface (32oz minus what the test runs were)
2- Sprinkle grain/set hops on surface of epoxy and pat down gently with the bottom of a ****ty pint glass
3- let cure overnight
4- Vac up the loose grains
5- pour 32oz over grains then Set some more hops and fill in some more grains
6- wait ~10 mins and hit with torch (should have come back in another 10 mins to do again, there were some minor bubbles around some of the hops)
7- let cure overnight
9- Pour 64oz and spread around
10- let cure over the weekend.
I used SWMBO's 5lbs weights to hold the drip tray in place during the first pour. It was stuck solid after that.