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Old 11-09-2009, 03:53 AM   #1
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Default My keezer: black Kenmore 8.8 cu. ft. chest freezer

I finished building my keezer yesterday.

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I used a black Kenmore 8.8 cu. ft. chest freezer, http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...icationsAnchor. With a collar, this freezer will fit 6 corney kegs and a 5 pound CO2 tank (I haven't tried any larger, but it may fit). Currently, I have four kegs and a CO2 tank sitting on the floor of the freezer and tubing, etc. on the hump. Unfortunately, only two of those kegs are in operation (double chocolate stout in secondary will be third).

Also, this is a dual hinge setup. I ordered a second set of factory hinges from Kenmore that allowed me to make absolutely zero permanant modifications to my freezer because I didn't have to drill any holes in either the freezer or the lid. Additionally, the dual hinges allowed me to avoid securing the collar to the freezer with glue, etc. This setup should also make it much easier to move kegs in and out of the freezer because the whole collar will lift which will take much of the tubing with it. I used two rows of black marine weatherstripping on the bottom edge of the collar (from Sutherland's). I have been satisfied with the seal the lid and collar make without any additional help.
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As for the collar itself, it's oak and about 11 inches tall and 1.5 inches thick. I used a radial arm saw to make mitered cuts in the oak and a combination of nails and glue to hold the pieces together.

I used Perlick 525SS faucets. They look great, but I haven't had them long enough to know if there will be any maintenance issues. I got the nicer two tap handles from Micromatic. I intend to have my brewery name engraved in them soon. I just need to settle on a brewery name first.

One more thing. I was pretty surprised by how expensive chalkboards were all over the internet. I ended up going with these: http://www.amazon.com/Chalkboard-Wal.../dp/B0016KQZGQ. I have not tried to erase the chalk yet, but I have moved the boards around a bit and they seem to do ok with that. The chalk is pretty easy to read, too. For $16 for a four pack, it's definitely not a bad option.

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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Trying those pics again.

***Thanks for fixing that, Rick500! You're keezer was one of my main inspirations.***

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:06 AM   #3
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Here ya go... surround the URLs with [img] and [/img] :

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:19 AM   #4
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Another set of pics. We'll see if they work.


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Very nicely done. I have the same freezer in white, but mine does not look that awesome.

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I thought it looked sort of familiar. I love those black freezers.

Good idea spacing the faucets the way you did; now if you want one more tap you can put it in the center, or if you want two more you can put them on the outsides.

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I thought it looked sort of familiar. I love those black freezers.

Good idea spacing the faucets the way you did; now if you want one more tap you can put it in the center, or if you want two more you can put them on the outsides.
When possible, I think black is the way to go. You saw right through my spacing. I hope to add a stout faucet in the middle someday. I hadn't really thought about adding another faucet to each side; that could work out nicely!
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Very nicely done. I have the same freezer in white, but mine does not look that awesome.
Thanks! I looked for a photo of yours, but couldn't find one. I'm sure it looks great!
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This might get me flamed, but here's my most recent addition. It will hold its place until I can get a stout faucet (should be a long ways off). Go Tech!



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Penn State fan here. No flame from me. Mike Leach is a class act and I especially like his proposed BCS formula involving graduation rates.

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