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Old 10-14-2011, 09:05 PM   #31
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@Newbrewb: thanks for subscribing, i feel like i don't get anything productive done during every day, as all i do is look at keezer build threads, and at night I build mine! haha

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@ Jester369: Thanks! If it wasnt for you, I would be drinking out of a 1 tap kegorator conversion! Pretty soon I'll have 4 on tap! I might be picking your brain after I get this thing up and running about the best way to start homebrewing for a beginner (with a 5 tap setup!) haha

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@ Hoppopotomus: see i got the name right this time! thanks for answering my pm's, your really helpin me out, and your build really helped me visualize alot of the things that I am doing with mine!

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@ John028: Thanks! I toyed around with going the johnson or ranco route, but i really like the digital display being a focal point of my keezer (after my guest's get over the shock of my full blown 5 tap bar in my house!). I'll tell you how much I actually like it after tongiht... .(i have no electrical experience and am gonna WING IT!)

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Old 10-14-2011, 11:07 PM   #32
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No Problem....happy to help! Love the TSS2 placement.....looks great. What are you doing for the backsplash again? I have ready so many keezer threads lately that I'm getting them mixed up. Are you leaving it wood and staining, or are you tiling? Just curious.

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Old 10-14-2011, 11:15 PM   #33
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going to be doing a backsplash with 1x1 tiles similar to this design (got the idea from LesserChance).. havent picked it out yet tho... we are also doing a black granite countertop.. and flushmounting the 30" drip tray.. I want to have the thing pouring beers before i mount the granite/drip tray cuz i want to have it actually pouring to determine where to place the driptray so it is perfect for pouring under the faucets

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Old 10-16-2011, 09:30 PM   #34
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Ok. So we spent 1-2 hours wiring Keezer "5ive" up! We ended up putting a weatherproof box inside the coffin and around the controller so that hopefully no condensation will build up. From there we drilled 3 holes in the side of the box. One for the two probes, one for the incoming wire (from outlet box #1) and one for the outgoing wire (to outlet box #2)

It was very straightforward and easy because of I did tons of research before I went to get the parts at Home Depot. I suggest you do the same. I already had some 14-guage 4 wire laying around, so i decided to use that. (this turns out to be great when you come out of the controller and need to power outlet box #2 because you need 4 wires in order to do that (switchable hot(out1) / switchable hot (out2) / neutral / ground). I didn’t use the 4th wire for the wiring out of outlet box #1 and in to the controller box.


Here is what we did:

Cut the 15' extension cord right before the female plug. The male side will plug into a GFI protected outlet to power your whole keezer.

Wire it to outlet box #1 with a single gang two outlets box (always on) – one outlet will be extra so that we can use to plug a blender or something of that sort into if need be. The Second outlet will be used for the lighting system that will have continuous power and will be switched on and off via a remote control that comes with on/off/dimming/150 different colors/strobe/multi-color fading. (no need to wire in a switch).

Next come out of that box with a 5 ft piece of 4-wire cable (hot/neutral/ground/extra) , go into the coffin, then through a hole that we drilled in the side of the controller box.
Note: I know that the controller doesn’t need ground. We will be bringing the ground into the controller box, so we will be able to make it up with the ground that is needed in outlet box number two (switched on box that’s controlled by the love controller)

I have the wiring info below…

After wiring, we brought a 5ft 4-wire cable (out 1-switched Hot/out2-switched hot/neutral/ground) out of the controller box with another predrilled hole that we use to power outlet box#2.

We only need one plug per output (out1 powers keezer and out2 powers a coffin fan), so this fit in another single gang box.
Note: Make sure that if you do this setup, you break the connecter in between the two plugs on the HOT side and then label each, that way one plug is controlled by out1 and one is controlled by out2. The neutral can be wired into either one on the left and the ground goes to the green obviously.

The last thing I did was wire the two probes and put them through my last predrilled hole in the controller box. One will stay drop into the keezer and the other will stay inside the coffin.

Like I said up top, this whole process only really took 1-2 hours. It helps because I had the drawing of exactly what I wanted. Its really easy to get overwhelmed if you start to get confused, so DON’T TRY THIS STEP WHILE DRINKING BEER!

Try not to freak out!

After all the wiring was done, the last step was to plug it in to the wall (make sure that you don’t have your freezer plugged in first… that way if something shorts out it would only potentially damage the controller)… Luckily we heard the beeeep and the controller turned on when we plugged it in.

PS. I will post the parameters soon and how to set up the controller the way I did soon!

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Old 10-16-2011, 10:11 PM   #35
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LED Lighting
I really like the recessed lighting that many coffin keezers have and want to use led’s because they won’t put off heat, they will last forever, and they don’t use much electricity. I also want to be able to change colors, must come as a package kit, and have dimming as well.

After researching on the net, I found a perfect kit on amazon.com. It’s a “16.4 Ft RGB Color Changing Kit with LED Flexible Strip, Controller + Remote and 12 Volt 4 Amp Power Supply By Ledwholesalers, 2034rgb Kit” sold by LEDwholesalers but fulfilled by amazon. That way I get free 2 day shipping with my amazon prime account!

It cost $55 even and will allow endless features, here are some of the things that it does:
Over 100 different colors including automatic fading and strobe functions
Dimmer on remote
16’ of led rope. With LED’s
30,000 hour lifespan
3m adhesive peel and stick tape
150 Multi color LED’s: one every ¾”
Cutable after every 4” then connect wire via connector clips to go around corners and such
Wireless remote to control every feature (no need for switch just always on consistent power supply)

So I plan on using this to light up my keezer 4 ways (all of which will be controlled simultaneously via the remote:
1. 30” recessed portion of the coffin
2. Recessed under the plywood lid pointing down on the wood that hides the chest freezer frame
3. Under the skirt on the bottom to give it a glow from underneath
4. Recessed behind a nice chalkboard that will be mounted to the wall above & behind the keezer

I am getting the kit on Tuesday, so I’ll be posting pictures soon!
Below I uploaded the generic pictures from amazon for ideas of what it can do.

As always, I love suggestions.. KEEP EM’ COMING!

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Old 10-16-2011, 11:26 PM   #36
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Can that led strip be cut and fastened together or does it have to be 16ft of continuous LEDs?

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Old 10-16-2011, 11:56 PM   #37
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@ flomaster: Yes, It can be cut every 4". Then after you cut it, all you have to do is use 18g 4-wire cable and solder the connection and run as much length of non lit space you need, and then resolder the wires to the led's again. If you dont want to solder it, they have a connector that you can buy for like $2 each, but i just think that it will be a better, longer lasting connection with soldering it!

I kind of just stumbled onto this, because at first I was just looking around at lowes and home depot and could only find led strips in 12",24",36" and i since my coffin was 30" it forced me to look outside of the box.

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I think I saw that when I was looking into back lighting my 63" hdtv, but never got around to dropping the coin on it.

carry on...

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:11 AM   #39
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Ok, so last night I picked up a 5g keg called Jacked Up Red (8.5% ABV American Strong Ale) from Omaha Jacks (Microbrew in Rancho Cucamonga, CA) and tapped it.
Right away we filled up a pitcher and took it to a friends house and let me just say that it was a HIT! I ended up having to go back to fill up the pitcher 3 more times!!! Barely any foam on the first pour, and since we haven’t yet insulated the coffin, the temp was 73*. Keezer /Keg temp was around 40* and so there was a 33* temp differential.
NO BIG DEAL, this thing poured like a champ. I cant wait to get more on tap. I think I’m already addicted to it!
I will post a pic of the first pour tomorrow!
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Whoa, those LEDs look awesome.

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