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Old 03-27-2008, 01:27 AM   #11
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Default . . . and a new keezer is born (cont'd)

Now came the best part yet, installing the shanks and faucets. Ran some numbers on how I wanted to space the taps out . . . for a max buildout of 5 taps or only 4. As it is now only 4 will fit in there, but I think a small mod could easily get this up to 5 . . . or more. If I exceed 5 I will have to start adding them to the front

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and with my short lil drip tray installed:



Definitely not the prettiest thing in the world, but I think this will soon be my most valued possession. Those last pictures in particular show off my poor carpentry skills. I'm thinking maybe some corner molding to at least cover up my crappy "joinery" work. But I can think about that once I have a draught homebrew in my hand.

Cornies are now in the kegerator chilling. Tomorrow I will force carbonate them and unless I'm mistaken, pull myself a couple after work.

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Old 03-27-2008, 02:16 PM   #12
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Looks great to me! I'm jealous. Still trying to talk SWMBO into letting me spend the money

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Old 03-27-2008, 02:28 PM   #13
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Great Job! Looking good!

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Old 04-19-2008, 04:57 AM   #14
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Default She's finally finished (except for the beer)

My friends, it is done. Tonight I added my manifolds and the rest of my taps to complete my keezer project. Somehow I feel just a little bit empty inside . . . NOT!

Here she is:


A few weeks ago, I painted the top with some chalkboard paint that I already had. Once I got my barproducts.com drip tray I moved the original two-tap tray to the front and turned it into a chalk tray. Added the three additional Perlicks tonight. Here's what on tap:


And here is the guts:


Yes, she will hold two more cornies. I built a shelf next to "the hump" to accomodate them. Obviously I need to look into some sort of hose management strategy. And God help me if I have any (more) leaks in my gas system.

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Old 04-19-2008, 05:09 AM   #15
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Holy spagetti tubing batman! Seriously tho...nice work...now if I can just get SWMBO to sign off on the $400+ I'll need for mine . Quick, post a pic of a flower vase on top .

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That's badass. Nice touch having the chalkboard surface on top.

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whats the purpose of the wooden collar? i dont see why you couldnt just drill through the side? im asking because i have been scouting craigslist for sometime and when i find one i figured i was just gonna drill right through the side and put the taps in....

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The collar is there to add height to allow room for more than two kegs. There's a hump in the bottom where the refrigeration mechanics are hidden. If you set a keg on the hump, it's too tall to close the lid. By adding the collar, you can put 5 kegs in the keezer instead of 2

If you can find one tall enough to fit kegs on the hump without adding a collar, all the better Then you can just put the shanks through the wall of the keezer.

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The collar is there to add height to allow room for more than two kegs. There's a hump in the bottom where the refrigeration mechanics are hidden. If you set a keg on the hump, it's too tall to close the lid. By adding the collar, you can put 5 kegs in the keezer instead of 2

If you can find one tall enough to fit kegs on the hump without adding a collar, all the better Then you can just put the shanks through the wall of the keezer.
Also, not putting holes in the actual freezer would (hypothetically) allow me to return it to it's original condition. Not sure why in the world I would want to do that. There is also the chance that coolant lines may run through the sides -- this varies from model to model -- if you hit one of those it's basically all over.
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Ahh, I hadn't thought of that. Haven't hacked on a chest freezer yet, wasn't aware they might run coolant lines through the walls. I'll have to keep that in mind when I have the money to build out one myself.

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