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Old 09-03-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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This is a general question about cost. I've priced everything out for a three tap keezer, and it seems it will cost about $700. That's with a cheap freezer off of Craig's list for 50. Anyone have tips to reduce cost?

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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Hard to get it much lower than that using quality parts.

I'd avoid buying cheap faucets.. Stick with perlicks.

You could forgo a manifold for a 4-way gas connector. That'd save you about $30-40.

go with an ebay controller over a Love controller. I've got one of each. For the price I like the Ebay controller. There's another $50.

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I built a super cheap 4 way co2 manifold from harbor freight parts. But it doesn't have shut off valves if you need that.

Get the stc temp controller off eBay for cheap.

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info! Do you guys use the oetiker clamps or just regular hose clamps? I'm not sure what the benefit of the oetiker is and they seem like a big hassle if I have to remove.

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info! Do you guys use the oetiker clamps or just regular hose clamps? I'm not sure what the benefit of the oetiker is and they seem like a big hassle if I have to remove.
Not to mention expense (clamps, tool, etc.). What is the benefit of the Otikers over stainless hose clamps?
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I just used tiny regular ones. No leaks. Most of the time I have to cut the hose to get it off a barb anyways. It gets stuck on the barb and the only way to rip it off is to cut it.

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:21 AM   #7
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Not to mention expense (clamps, tool, etc.). What is the benefit of the Otikers over stainless hose clamps?
Oetiker clamps provide a uniform constriction around the full circumference, where worm clamps always have a partial fixed radius area at the base of the worm drive. Oetiker clamps are also more likely to be fully stainless steel, where many "SS" worm clamps actually may have a non-stainless screw.

On the down side, Oetikers are pretty much single-use and are more easily installed with a special tool (though one can get away with side-cutters or square nosed pliers).

After all that, I still just use proper sized all stainless worm clamps without issue...

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:37 AM   #8
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One way to save some coin is to skip the external temp controller:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/guide-set-internal-chest-freezer-thermostat-32f-eliminate-external-control-249612/

I hear it can be a bit hit or miss whether or not it works for any specific freezer, but it worked for mine, and thus saved me $50-70...

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